Aztec considers Sunday alcohol sales
Farmington and Kirtland councils, three school boards also meet
AZTEC — The Aztec City Commission will consider allowing residents to vote on whether restaurants should be allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays.
The commission will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Aztec City Hall, 201 W. Chaco St. If the commission approves the measure, Sunday alcohol sales will be placed on the March ballot.
There was a similar push in 2013, but supporters of the idea were unable to collect the number of signatures needed for the measure to be placed on the ballot. According to The Daily Times archives, 250 signatures were collected, but only 134 of them were deemed valid. The other 116 signatures came from people who were not registered voters living within the Aztec city limits. A total of 207 valid signatures were needed to get the measure on the ballot.
Commissioner Katee McClure was one of the people spearheading the effort in 2013. According to The Daily Times archives, McClure, who had not yet been elected, collected more than 100 signatures.
The recent push for Sunday alcohol sales came last month following a Community Development department public forum. Several residents who attended the meeting voiced support for Sunday alcohol sales and asked what it would take to get the measure on the ballot.
When reached by phone Friday, McClure said changes in rules allowed the commission to consider placing the measure on the ballot without going through the petition process.
McClure said alcohol can be purchased on Sundays in Aztec from stores like Safeway, but restaurants are not allowed to serve it.
The Farmington City Council also will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 800 N. Municipal Drive. It will consider naming a future aquatic center that will be built at Brookside Park. The proposed name is Brookside's Bisti Bay.
The council also will have a closed executive session at the end of its meeting to discuss renovations at the Farmington Civic Center and building a campground at Farmington Lake. After the closed session, the council will vote on awarding bids for renovation of the Civic Center and building the campground.
The Kirtland Town Council will meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at 47 County Road 6500. The council will continue discussions about building a town park next to Town Hall.
Local school boards also will meet this week.
The Bloomfield School District School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 325 N. Bergin Lane to discuss adding new elective classes to the course catalog.
The San Juan College Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the San Juan College Board Room at 4601 College Blvd. to discuss a contract to reroof the Information Technology Building and revisions to the college's mission and vision.
The Aztec Municipal School District School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at 1118 W. Aztec Blvd.
The Farmington Municipal School District School Board will meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at 2001 N. Dustin Ave. to discuss weighting for dual-credit grades and graduation requirements.
Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.
Megan Petersen covers business and education for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4621.