Meeting Roundup: River clean up, airport and carbon capture on agendas this week

The Daily Times staff
The City of Aztec may partner with San Juan Soil and Water Conservation District, Basin Hydrology and Cottonwood Consulting to remove concrete blocks and junk from the Animas River in Riverside Park and in Rio de Animas Park. In this 2018 file photo, a group fishes in the river at Riverside Park in Aztec.

FARMINGTON — A large slab of concrete with giant tires attached to it rests in the center of the Animas River as it flows between Riverside and Hartman parks in Aztec.

In other Aztec locations, car bodies and rails from railroad tracks have been used to control the river.

Those features create liabilities as the city tries to encourage people to use the river for wading, floating, boating and fishing, according to the Aztec City Commission agenda packet. In addition, these additions to the river could have ecological consequences, the packet states.

The Aztec City Commission will consider a resolution Tuesday to address these issues. The city would partner with San Juan Soil and Water Conservation District, Basin Hydrology and Cottonwood Consulting to remove concrete blocks and junk from the river in Riverside Park and in Rio de Animas Park. The project would also include reducing erosion along the walking path in Riverside Park, improving river access, removing invasive species, preserving the river banks and increasing channel depth.

The resolution will allow the city to pursue grant funding from the New Mexico Environment Department for the project.

The Aztec City Commission meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Aztec City Hall, 201 W. Chaco St.

Prior to its regular meeting, the commission will have a workshop at 5:15 p.m. to discuss the city’s comprehensive plan. The comprehensive plan outlines the priorities for the city and is updated every 10 to 15 years. It is used when applying for grants and loans. The current plan was adopted in 2002.

Farmington's Public Utilities Commission may write a letter of support to a New York-based firm seeking to install carbon Capture Technology in the San Juan Generating Station, extending its life and saving local jobs.

Public Utility Commission may voice support for carbon capture

The Farmington Public Utility Commission will consider sending a letter of support to Acme Equities, LLC. The New York-based investment firm has signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire the San Juan Generating Station and equip it with carbon capture technology. The City of Farmington hopes that will allow the power plant to remain open after 2022.

The proposed letter states keeping the power plant open after 2022 will allow Farmington Electric Utility System to defer $97 million of expense associated with replacing the power it currently receives from the San Juan Generating Station.

The Public Utility Commission meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St.

Meanwhile, Farmington City Council may approve an amendment to the letter of intent with Acme. This amendment would change the buyer's name to Enchant Energy Corporation, which is a subsidiary of Acme.

Runway 7/25 is pictured on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 at the Four Corners Regional Airport in Farmington.

Airport manager will provide update on air service

Prior to voting on the amendment to the letter of intent, the Farmington City Council will discuss the Four Corners Regional Airport. It has been more than a year since a commercial airline landed a plane at the Four Corners Regional Airport. Airport Manager Mike Lewis will update the Farmington City Council on the progress the city has made toward restoring air service at the airport. 

Following Lewis' presentation, the City Council will discuss what projects it wants to prioritize in the upcoming years.

The Farmington City Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Farmington City Hall, 800 N. Municipal Drive. 

Water quality, trash pickup highlight Bloomfield’s agenda

The City of Bloomfield has struggled with total organic carbon in its drinking water in parts of its system. The public can learn about the progress the city has made to address these issues during a presentation of the 2018 Consumer Confidence Report to the Bloomfield City Commission at 6 p.m. Monday at Bloomfield City Hall, 915 N. 1st St. The Consumer Confidence Report provides information about water quality.

Bloomfield residents have had complaints about the trash service they are receiving. The City Council will also hear a report regarding the service provided to residents.

Kirtland will discuss internet access

Officials say wireless internet and fiber optics can help spur business development. New businesses want reliable internet access that places with good wireless internet and fiber networks can provide. The Kirtland Town Council will discuss the town’s wi-fi and fiber network during its monthly meeting 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Town Hall, 47 County Road 6500.

CCSD to hold work session

The Central Consolidated School District Board of Education will have a work session at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Shiprock Board Room in Shiprock, according to a press release.

No further information was available in the release and the agenda was not available on Friday.