Local leaders prepare for a dry summer

The Daily Times staff
Berg Park

FARMINGTON — There was only a trickle of water in the Animas River about a week ago.

While that level has since increased, and a recent storm brought more snow to the mountains, local leaders remain concerned about the ongoing drought conditions.

The city of Farmington implemented stage one water restrictions on Tuesday. This means the city is now asking residents to voluntarily conserve water.

The Farmington Public Utility Commission will hear from Public Works Director David Sypher about the water advisory during its 3 p.m. Wednesday meeting at Farmington City Hall, 800 N. Municipal Drive.

The drought may also prompt the city of Aztec to update water conservation guidelines that were developed during the 2002 drought.

Since 2002 the city has built a splash pad at Minium Park, added hanging plant baskets along Main Avenue and planted grass and trees in medians.

The City Commission will discuss the water conservation guidelines during a work session at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 201 W. Chaco St., prior to its regular commission meeting.

The city staff has suggested changing the conservation plan. The changes would make stage 1 water restrictions voluntary, similar to the Farmington plan.

If approved, the splash pad will continue to operate during stage 1 restrictions. If stage 2 restrictions are implemented, the splash pad will only be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It would be closed if the city implements stage 3 or 4 restrictions.

The City Commission may approve changes to the water conservation plan during its meeting that starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

San Juan County will be restricting firework sales during June and early July this year.

The town of Kirtland, which contracts with the county for fire suppression, will discuss firework sales during its 4:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting at Town Hall, 47 County Road 6500.

Farmington City Council to discuss Masada House, Christian high school

The Farmington City Council may approve a reapplication for the Masada House special use permit during its Tuesday meeting. Masada House, located at 610 N. Dustin Ave., is a transitional living facility for women dealing with addiction.

The city council will also consider a request from Cross Roads Community Church to expand its private school. Expanding the school will allow the church to provide education for students through high school. Currently the school only offers classes through eighth grade. It also provides early childhood day care. The school is located in an area that is zoned residential. It is asking the City Council to approve a special use permit that would allow it to expand its services. It currently has a special use permit to operate the day care and school that offers classes through eighth grade.

Budget discussions continue

San Juan County Commission will have a special meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the fiscal year 2019 budget.

Kirtland Town Council will discuss the fiscal year 2019 budget during its 4:30 p.m. meeting.

School boards to meet

The Central Consolidated School District Board of Education will have a work session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Shiprock Board Room in Shiprock.

Among the items listed on the agenda is a report about Johnson-O'Malley Indian Education, a memorandum of agreement with Teach for America, a memorandum of understanding with Fort Lewis College, an application for the Reads to Lead grant, a report about bullying, and the monthly fiscal report.

The Bloomfield School District School Board will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the district central office at 325 N. Bergin Lane in Bloomfield. The board will review a preliminary budget for fiscal year 2019.

The Farmington Municipal School District School Board will meet at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday in the district central office at 2001 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington. The board will discuss a preliminary FY19 budget, as well as the sale of portable classrooms and a memorandum of understanding between Presbyterian Medical Services and the district regarding a preschool program.