Kirtland discusses annexing land

Hannah Grover
Lin Fagundes tees off Tuesday during a round of golf with her friends Kay Ammerman and LaVeta Cockrell at Riverview Golf Course in Kirtland.

KIRTLAND – The Town Council discussed potential plans to annex land during its meeting Tuesday.

The annexation would be the first for the new municipality. Mayor Mark Duncan said there is not a timeline on when the annexation could occur because the town officials are still in discussion with the property owners.

The annexation — which includes the San Juan County-owned River View Golf Course, as well as several industrial properties along U.S. Highway 64 between General Supply and the Desert Mountain Corporation — could help Kirtland by providing it with revenue from gross receipts taxes.

The majority of the property owners must approve the annexation for the town to move forward with it.

"The easiest way is for these folks to sign off of this," Duncan said.

If the town attempted to annex the land, and the majority of the owners opposed the annexation, it would have to go through a governor-appointed committee. Duncan said that would be an expensive process, and the town would not be interested in pursuing the annexation through that route.

As two officials consider the annexation, they are preparing a document that would inform people of the process. That document has not been finished, but Duncan expects it to be completed soon.

Eric Maestas practices his putting Tuesday during his lunch break at the River View Golf Course in Kirtland.

"Every annexation is different," Duncan told the trustees.

He said the document will help outline how the process of annexation unfolds.

"At least then, it will be a blanket that will let people know what the process is and how they go about the process," Duncan said.

The trustees also discussed waste removal Tuesday.The town had considered entering into a contract for trash pickup, but decided against pursuing that option.

"(Town residents) want to make their own decisions, and if the council enters into some sort of contract, we'd be set for lynching," Trustee Pete Emery said during the meeting.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.