Utilities suit, code and property taxes among hot topics at civic meetings

Kirtland, Aztec and Farmington panels will meet Tuesday evening

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
Power lines like these on U.S. Highway 64 in Bloomfield are part of a lawsuit between Farmington and Bloomfield.
  • Farmington and Aztec meetings can be viewed live online.

FARMINGTON — The Farmington City Council will meet in closed executive session Tuesday evening to discuss whether or not to appeal a recent court ruling that would allow the city of Bloomfield to purchase an electric utility system within its municipal boundaries from the city of Farmington.

A district court judge ruled late last month that a 1960 court judgment gave Bloomfield the right to purchase the assets within its municipal boundaries. Farmington had argued that the 1960 court decision only gave Bloomfield the right to the assets that were in place at that time.

Prior to the closed executive session, the City Council will discuss distributing Community Development Block Grant funding among local nonprofits and adjusting trash rates. 

The council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 800 N. Municipal Dr. It is one of three municipalities that will meet on Tuesday.

The Kirtland Town Council will meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at 47 County Road 6500. Colleen Bowman, the Central Consolidated School District superintendent, and Edward DesPlas, the San Juan College vice president of administrative services, will discuss property taxes in Kirtland in relation to the potential closure of the San Juan Generating Station.

San Juan Generating Station is pictured, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 in Waterflow.

The Aztec City Commission will meet at 6 p.m. at the Aztec City Hall, 201 W. Chaco St. to discuss amending the animal defecation ordinance. 

Steven Saavedra, the community development director, said the amendment would clarify confusion in the code. He said the code currently only addresses a pet defecating on public property or property that does not belong to the pet's owner. The amendment would require pet owners to clean up after their pets on their own property.

The  Aztec City Commission will have a work session at 5:30 p.m. Monday to discuss the city code dealing with nuisances. The work session was sparked after some business owners attended a commission meeting to speak out against citations they received. The business owners were cited for improper storage due to outdoor displays in front of their businesses.

Aztec and Farmington meetings can be watched online. Aztec's meetings can be viewed on the city's YouTube channel while Farmington meetings can be watched at

In addition to the Tuesday meetings, the San Juan County Commission will meet at 10 a.m. Monday to approve property tax rates.

Power lines are pictured, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, running along U.S. Highway 64 in Bloomfield.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.