By Hallie Richwine

The Village of Santa Clara Regular Meeting took place Thursday, December 28, 2017 in the Village Hall. Trustees Olga Amador and Richard Esparza attended, as well as Mayor Richard Bauch and Mayor Pro Tem Albert Esparza.

Bauch reported excitement facing the new year as Santa Clara has a number of projects in the coming year including the grant-funded sidewalk and lighting project, the children’s library coming to fruition, and the bicycle trail project between Bayard and Santa Clara.

For new business, Neta Pope spoke to the trustees about setting aside property for the Santa Clara, NM Library Initiative. Pope reported on the progress and planning involved thus far but focused on the need for the library as a community resource and her desire to bring one to the village. Once the children’s library is in place in the back room of Village Hall, the Board of Directors will begin fundraising for the permanent structure. Until that time, Pope asked that the trustees take steps to reserve property facing Oak Street. Council M. Yvonne Gonzalez explained a resolution is needed and will be reviewed as the project progresses. Gonzalez will meet with the board and finalize language and it will be on next month’s agenda.

Trustees also voted to support the Grant County Water Commission in moving forward on obtaining funding for phases two and three of the water project. Trustee R. Esparza said, “I guess we should help them since they’ve helped us.” Bauch reminded the trustees that support at this time does not lock the village into further commitment and at this stage they are just supporting the action to apply for funding. All trustees were in favor of the decision.

Trustees passed two resolutions, one authorizing the filing of an application for financial assistance to the New Mexico Finance Authority for the Colonias Infrastructure Fund, which will be combined with USDA funding to complete the repairs on the sidewalk and street lighting project. The second resolution approved the holiday schedule for 2018.

Bauch and trustees approved the proclamation of January 21-27, 2018 as School Choice Week in the Village of Santa Clara. School Choice Week is celebrated across the country to raise awareness of the need for effective educational options.

Santa Clara adopted the amendments to the state uniform traffic code before going into closed session to discuss pending litigation. Gonzalez updated Bauch and the trustees on legal matters but the session ended with no action needed.

Bauch announced the next Regular Meeting of the Village of Santa Clara for Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm at the Village of Santa Clara Village Hall located at 105 N. Bayard Street.

Live from Silver City

Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates

Welcome to Three Times Weekly Updates! You will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.
You can unsubscribe anytime. We never share or rent your email to anyone.

Fire Alerts

Editor's Note

Those new to providing news releases to the Beat are asked to please check out submission guidelines at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/about/submissions They are for your information to make life easier on the readers, as well as the editor.

Welcome to our new version of classified ads.  We invite you our readers to post your own classifieds, which are available for viewing 24/7 and are very reasonable in price.

We have received complaints about large images blocking parts of other articles. If you encounter this problem, click on the title of the article you want to read and it will take you to that article's page, which shows only that article without any intruders. It's a software problem, not easily fixable, other than showing fewer articles per summary page. If you are a frequent visitor, you might not mind fewer articles per page, but if you only come once in a while, you likely want to see more articles to browse. Write me at editor@grantcountybeat.com to let me know your feelings on this issue. 

Because you are an esteemed member of The Grant County Beat readership, be assured that we at the Beat continue to do everything we can to be in full compliance with GDPR and pertinent US law, so that the information you have chosen to give to us cannot be compromised. 

The Grant County Beat endeavors to post to the Elections page, under News, at the least, notices of candidates for Grant County races. Some candidates for statewide races have also sent their notices. 

The Beat continues to bring you new columnists.Recent additions  include the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.

The Beat has a column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

The Beat totally appreciates its readers and subscribers!  


All articles and photos indicated by a byline are copyrighted to the author or photographer. You may not use any information found within the articles without asking permission AND giving attribution to the source. Photos can be requested and may incur a nominal fee for use personally or commercially.

Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ad on the Beat.

Feel free to notify editor@grantcountybeat.com, if you notice any problems on the site. Your convenience is my desire for the Beat.

If you subscribe to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option on the left side of this page, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

It's really easy to check to see if there's a classified ad. Just click on Classifieds in the blue menu and the page will open letting you know if there is a classified ad. Remember that your buying classified ads gives you a wide readership, as well as supporting the Beat. Post YOURS for quick results!

Note that if an article does not have a byline, it was sent to the Beat and written by someone not affiliated with the Beat

When you click on the blue and orange button on the upper left side of most pages, you will find out how you can help the Beat defray its expenses, which, with increased readership, continue to grow. You will arrive at a page that gives you options of how you can Help the Beat. All help is greatly appreciated and keeps the news you want and need coming into your browser.

Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News.

Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com