Farmington council to hear about downtown parking, water

Various government groups, school boards to meet

The Daily Times staff
The Farmington City Council will discuss parking in downtown Farmington as part of the Complete Streets project during its work session on Tuesday.
  • The county will hear an annual updates about The First Tee program and San Juan County Crime Stoppers.
  • The Farmington Metropolitan Planning Organization will discuss Red Apple Transit.
  • The state education secretary will visit the Central Consolidated School District board meeting.

FARMINGTON — The Farmington City Council will hear a presentation about parking and sidewalks for the downtown Complete Streets project during its 9 a.m. work session Tuesday at City Hall, 800 N. Municipal Drive.

The City Council work session is one of several government meetings that will take place this week.

During Tuesday's council meeting, Public Works director David Sypher will give a presentation about the city’s drought management plan. Following the presentation, the council will consider authorizing Mayor Tommy Roberts to sign the San Juan River Operations and Administration agreement for 2017 through 2020.

The agreement serves as a recommendation intended for a shortage situation in case water cannot be distributed as required in the Colorado River Compact. According to the agenda, a shortage declaration is not likely for 2018, but if a shortage were declared, the agreement outlines how water would be allotted.

The council will have a closed meeting to discuss a proposed solar array near the Bluffview Power Plant off of West Murray Drive. Following the closed meeting, the council will discuss the project in open session. The city's Public Utility Commission has recommended that the council approve a 1.1 megawatt array. The council will make a decision about the project during its Feb. 27 meeting.

The San Juan River is pictured near Navajo Dam in December 2015. The Farmington City Council will discuss water resources during its work session on Tuesday.

The council also will have a closed meeting Tuesday for the annual city manager, city attorney and city clerk evaluations. After the closed meeting, the City Council will consider increasing the city clerk’s salary.

San Juan County commissioners will hear an update on The First Tee program during a meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the county administration building, 100 S. Oliver Drive in Aztec. The international organization uses golf to teach young people life skills and values and to promote healthy choices.

The county is one of the local sponsors of The First Tee program. Tom Yost, the executive director of The First Tee of San Juan County, is scheduled to give the annual report to the commission on Tuesday.

The commission also will hear an annual update about San Juan County Crime Stoppers. The organization works with law enforcement organizations to encourage citizens to provide information about crime in the area, sometimes by submitting anonymous tips. The organization offers a cash reward of up to $1,000 if a tip leads to an arrest or the recovery of property.

The Farmington Metropolitan Planning Organization's policy committee will hear a presentation about the Red Apple Transit operational analysis study for the relocation of the transit hub during its meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Farmington City Hall, 800 N. Municipal Drive. The MPO is made up of representatives from Farmington, Kirtland, Aztec, Bloomfield, the New Mexico Department of Transportation and San Juan County. It is tasked with regional transportation planning.

Warren Unsicker, the CEO of Four Corners Economic Development, will give a presentation to the policy committee about the state of the region's economy.

The Central Consolidated School District school board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Shiprock Board Room. Christopher Ruszkowski, secretary-designate of the New Mexico Public Education Department, will address the school board and community, according to a press release. Ruszkowski will also visit the Bond Wilson Technical Center on Wednesday, according to CCSD spokeswoman Renee Lucero. 

The Farmington Municipal School District school board will meet at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday at the district's central office at 2001 N. Dustin Ave. The board will consider the 2018-19 academic calendar.