Farmington, Aztec mayors talk about vision for future

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AZTEC — Local mayors Nate Duckett and Victor Snover have chosen very different ways of reaching out to their constituents.

Duckett, who is Farmington's new mayor, began his twice-monthly Mayor’s Table video series this week by outlining his four-year vision for the city. Meanwhile, Aztec's new mayor, Snover, met with a handful of people who live near Aztec on Thursday. Snover plans to continue having regular face-to-face meetings with his constituents.

Snover said he anticipates Aztec will continue to focus on projects that are already underway. That includes the East Aztec Arterial Route, which will redirect truck traffic away from downtown.

“Our focus is to get that thing done,” he said.

Snover said getting large trucks out of the downtown district is crucial to other city plans and projects.

“I feel like that is kind of the linchpin for the rest of the stuff,” he said.

He said after the arterial route is complete, the city can focus on revitalizing downtown and completing the North Main Avenue extension project.

“You can’t have a vibrant downtown with all that truck traffic going downtown,” he said.

Snover acknowledged that the arterial route also will divert potential customers from downtown.

“Once they get that finished, that’s going to force us to focus on really trying to attract people downtown,” he said.

Snover said his focus as mayor is going to be on improving residents' quality of life. He would like to encourage people to visit downtown and to get out of their cars and walk or bicycle in Aztec.

Duckett’s first Mayor’s Table video addressed Farmington's economic issues, especially the future closure of the San Juan Generating Station.

“Right now, we have a small window of opportunity to maximize our impact in preparing for an uncertain future,” Duckett said in the video. “Because where we go and what we accomplish in the next four years will set the tone for what our community will be like for decades to come.”

Farmington is embarking on several major projects that Duckett said will help the economy, as well as quality of life. Those include the Compete Streets project in downtown Farmington, building a water park and completing the river trails system.

“To be a viable community beyond power plants and coal mines, we’ll have to promote the things that we’re good at to become a city where people of all ages and walks of life can build a foundation here, call Farmington their home and make our community a part of their life story,” he said.

He encouraged people to contact him at nduckett@fmtn.org if they have ideas for Farmington’s future or want to volunteer with initiatives like promoting outdoors or building a retirement community. He said people also can email him about topics they would like to see addressed on the Mayor’s Table.

The full video can be viewed at fmtn.org/609/The-Mayors-Table.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at hgrover@daily-times.com.

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