The Diné Uranium Remediation Advisory Commission and Farmington's school board will also meet


FARMINGTON — Longtime Aztec resident and museum board member Dale Anderson’s death in August has left a void the Aztec Museum will have to fill.

A letter the museum board sent to the Aztec City Commission described Anderson as the unofficial museum curator, manager and the person who handled everything from paper supplies to negotiating the acquisition of the Pecos West Cyclorama piece and the Model T truck.

Aztec Museum has requested $25,000 from the city of Aztec to help pay for its part-time manager to take on an expanded role.

The Aztec City Commission will consider the museum’s request for funding during its 6 p.m. Tuesday meeting at 201 W. Chaco St. The meeting can be viewed online on the city’s YouTube channel.

It had first asked for between $25,000 and $50,000 earlier this year to help fund the position. The City Commission put off approving that request because it wanted to discuss moving the visitor center to the museum building. The city and museum have not reached an agreement for relocating the visitor center.

Other topics on Aztec's agenda include four applications from Hilcorp Energy Company for drill site permits on sites with existing well pads within Aztec city limits.

These sites include:

  • A well drilled in 1961 that is located between A&W and Hi-Country Chevrolet in the area of Aztec Boulevard and Chaco Street.
  • A well drilled in 2004 in south Aztec west of U.S. Highway 550 and south of Phoenix Court.
  • A well drilled in 1962 south of Western Drive and adjacent to the Townsend Wildlife Refuge.
  • A well drilled in 1962 in north Aztec south of the Hampton Arroyo and west of Pioneer Avenue.

Regional transportation planning committee to discuss funding sources

The Farmington Metropolitan Planning Organization, which serves as a regional transportation planning entity, will have a policy committee meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers at Bloomfield City Hall, 915 N. 1st St.

The Policy Committee will discuss projects for the federal fiscal year 2020 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Non-Mandatory Program. The program is administered by the New Mexico Department of Transportation using federal funds. The MPO’s member entities must submit applications to the MPO staff by Oct. 3 for projects they hope to get funded through the program. The entities must demonstrate that the projects will improve air quality and reduce congestion.

In addition, the Policy Committee will hear a report on the federal fiscal year 2020-2021 Transportation Alternatives Program and Recreation Trails Program. Five projects have been identified that could receive funding through the program. These projects include a road diet — reducing lanes — on Main Avenue in Aztec, the Foothills Drive Enhancement Project in Farmington, an extension of the Glade Run Recreation Area, extending the Kirtland schools path and Farmington’s Safe Routes to School program. The MPO member entities have until Oct. 26 to submit project applications to the MPO staff.

Bloomfield City Council to learn about the Local Election Act

San Juan County Clerk Tanya Shelby will give a presentation to the Bloomfield City Council about the Local Election Act that passed during the last legislative session. The act, which was sponsored by Rep. Paul Bandy, R-Aztec, allows for consolidated elections and is intended to increase voter turnout.

The Bloomfield City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Bloomfield City Hall, 915 N. 1st St.

In addition to learning about the Local Election Act, the Bloomfield City Council will discuss designs for a replacement wastewater treatment plant.

San Juan County Commission considers property tax

The San Juan County Commission will have a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday at 100 S. Oliver Drive in Aztec. The commission will discuss the state’s calculations of property tax rates for various parts of San Juan County. If there are no errors in the calculations, the commission will likely confirm the rates.

Kirtland to discuss annexation, park

Kirtland Town Council will consider annexing less than an acre of land and will also discuss park irrigation and plants during its 4:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting. The Town Council meets at 47 County Road 6500 in Kirtland.

Tribe's uranium commission meeting in Shiprock

The Diné Uranium Remediation Advisory Commission will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Shiprock Chapter house.

The commission was established in August 2015 with the purpose of studying and reaching conclusions about the impacts of uranium mining and uranium processing on the Navajo Nation.

Members also issue recommendations about policies, laws and regulations about the impact of uranium to the tribal president and council.

Farmington school board to vote on bond sale

The Farmington Municipal School District Board of Education is scheduled to meet Thursday in a work session at 3:45 p.m. and in a meeting at 5:15 p.m. in the board room at the district administrative offices at 2001 N. Dustin Ave.

Board members during the meeting are scheduled to vote on the notice of sell of general obligation bonds, according to a copy of the agenda. 

Farmington residents approved a $26 million bond during the Feb. 7, 2017, election. The sale of $11 million in bonds will provide capital outlay funds for the district.

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