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Navajo Nation president vetoes bill to cancel spring session, set to start April 20

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AZTEC — The San Juan County Commission may approve contracts for renovations or construction at three fire stations.

These include renovating the La Plata Fire Station #2, constructing Valley Fire Station #3 and renovating Sullivan Road Fire Station District #9.

The La Plata Fire Station, located at 679 New Mexico Highway 170, needs a 1,320-square-foot addition as well as renovations to 800 square feet of the existing facility and additional parking.

Valley Fire Station #3 will be located in the area of County Road 6867 and U.S. Highway 64 in Waterflow. It will be a more than 4,000-square-foot facility. The new fire station will replace an existing one.

More: New fire station building will replace existing Waterflow facility

The Sullivan Road Fire Station needs a new roof, new insulation in the apparatus bays, electrical upgrades in the apparatus bays and new insulated metal panels on the north side exterior. The fire station is located at 305 County Road 4990 near Bloomfield.

The County Commission meets at 4 p.m. April 21.

People can listen to the meeting by calling 1-408-418-9388 and using access code 962 402 485.

People who want to see the meeting presentations and make public comments can attend using the Cisco WebEx meeting application, which can be found at sjcounty.net/watch.

Comments can also be hand delivered by noon April 21 to 100 S. Oliver Drive in Aztec or mailed to County Commission Comments 100 S. Oliver Drive, Aztec NM 87410. Mailed comments must be received by the end of the business day on April 20. Comments can also be faxed to 505-334-3168, submitted at sjcounty.net/comment or emailed to commission@sjcounty.net. Faxed, digital and emailed comments must be submitted before noon April 21.

The county also hopes to broadcast the meeting on its YouTube channel.

The County Commission may also declare the month of May 2020 as Mental Health Awareness Month.

Navajo Nation Council cancels spring session; president vetoes that

The Navajo Nation Council voted to cancel the spring session due to the coronavirus outbreak to maintain the health and safety of employees, officials and the public.

The Office of the President and Vice President on April 19 issued a veto statement calling for the session to go on with proper safety precautions.

Speaker Seth Damon sponsored the bill to nix the session, which is set to start on April 20 at the council chamber in Window Rock, Arizona.

Delegates passed the legislation in a vote of 21 in favor and zero opposed during a special session conducted by teleconference on April 17.

“The Navajo Nation Council, as the legislative body, is required to meet only four times a year by statute," President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer stated in their veto message. "It is in these sessions that the people are afforded the opportunity to hear from all of their leaders regarding the actions of the government that affect their daily lives. It is a time for all persons to hear reports from the President and Vice President, from the Speaker of the Council, from the Chief Justice, as heads of the three-branch government.”

The Daily Times will follow this developing story.

Central Consolidated School board meeting

The Central Consolidated School District Board of Education will meet at 1 p.m. April 21. The meeting is a continuation of the combined work session and regular meeting from April 16, according to the agenda. It can be viewed on the district's Facebook page.

Reporter Noel Lyn Smith contributed to this story.

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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