Farmington City Council approves use of electric motors on Farmington Lake

Noel Lyn Smith The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — The City Council unanimously approved the use of vessels equipped with electric motors on Farmington Lake at its meeting Tuesday night.

Cory Styron, the city's parks, recreation and cultural affairs department director, appeared before the council at the request of councilors Mary Fischer and Nate Duckett to discuss the possibility of allowing electric motors.

"We are asking you to open Lake Farmington to electric motors," Styron said.

The lake had been closed to all boats due to the threat of aquatic invasive species, but Farmington reopened the lake to paddle boats in May.

Styron said fuel-powered boats are still prohibited on the lake.

Under the provision, watercraft with electric motors are allowed as long as the vessels pass an aquatic invasive species inspection prior to entering the water.

Before the vote, Fischer said, "I think it'll be a good thing for the lake."

Styron also presented a proposal about changes to the city's median sponsorship program. The program started in 1982 with the goal of beautifying the medians along Main Street.

Today, there are 156 medians that have been adopted and 45 medians that do not have sponsors.

Styron said for more than 30 years, the city has carried the maintenance costs for some of the medians.

The proposal would update the terms, maintenance options and methods to reassign or transfer medians to sponsors.

The council did not take action on the proposal. Mayor Tommy Roberts suggested that it be further examined before a decision is made.

In other action, the council unanimously accepted the San Juan County Emergency Operations Plan.

Councilors also discussed a proposed ordinance by Councilor Dan Darnell. The measure would allow Farmington police who respond to loud parties where underage teens are consuming alcohol to hold the hosts responsible.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 and Follow her @nsmithdt on Twitter.