Meeting roundup: Bloomfield irrigation ditch, broadband on agendas this week

The Daily Times staff
At left, Bloomfield Irrigation Ditch rider Harold Chamberlin works with Bloomfield Irrigation Ditch foreman Mike Meidinger as he operates a backhoe, Monday, May 16, 2016 at the Bloomfield Irrigation Ditch off County Road 4655 in Blanco. A dispute between the irrigation district and the Bloomfield City Council goes back to the council Monday night.

FARMINGTON — More than two years after the City of Bloomfield and the Bloomfield Irrigation District began arguing about rates, the two entities may have reached an agreement.

The Bloomfield City Council will discuss a possible agreement with the Bloomfield Irrigation District when it meets at 6 p.m. Monday at Bloomfield City Hall, 915 N. 1st St.

When the Bloomfield Irrigation District announced rate increases in 2016, the City of Bloomfield resisted. Bloomfield argued that the irrigation district could not raise its rates because of a contract.

The ditch managed by the irrigation district, is the City of Bloomfield's main source of water. The rate increase came after a breach cut the city and other water users off from water in May 2016.

Bloomfield Irrigation District maintained raising rates was necessary to perform needed maintenance and repair projects on the more than 100-year-old ditch. The additional money would also help the irrigation district prevent future breaches.

The city was paying 7 cents for every 1,000 gallons of water delivered. The Bloomfield Irrigation District raised those rates to 50 cents for every 1,000 gallons. About a year ago, City Councilor Ken Hare said the city owed $300,000 to the irrigation district.

Farmington to discuss regional broadband

The City of Farmington may contribute $15,000 to a regional broadband project that will reduce the risk of outages in the Four Corners region.

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

The City Council heard a presentation during its work session last week about this project, and San Juan County Commission is also contributing $15,000 to the project.

The meeting can be viewed live at

Aztec to hear rescheduled land use hearings

When the City of Aztec shut down its commission meeting in late March citing unruly crowds, there were several business items that were not heard.

These land use hearings have been rescheduled and will be heard during the 6 p.m. Tuesday City Commission meeting at Aztec City Hall, 200 W. Chaco St.

In addition, a third land use hearing will also happen during the commission meeting on Tuesday.

These land use hearings include a variance to required setbacks, a zone change and a conditional use permit for a dog grooming business.