facebook-24x24

By Roger Lanse

In front of a near capacity crowd, the Silver City Town Council at its Tuesday, June 12 meeting, passed a notice of intent ordinance which would allow recreational off-road vehicles, or ROVs, on city streets.

Sponsored by District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr., the measure would require side-by-sides to be outfitted with safety equipment including seat belts, steering wheel, mirrors, lights, and signal horn. Also required would be four street tires and a muffler. The vehicles could not be driven before 6 a.m. nor after 10 p.m., according to the NOI, and drivers must be 18-years-of-age or older. Proper registration and insurance are mandatory, Ray said.

About 15 residents expressed their desires to council regarding the proposed ordinance, ten in support, two in opposition, and three needed further clarification. Acting Silver City Police Chief Freddy Portillo told the council he didn’t support the measure and neither did his officers, citing additional hazards, complaints and alcohol-related fatalities.

Ray moved to approve the NOI, and District 4 Councilor Guadalupe Cano seconded the motion. In the discussion that followed, District 2 Councilor Lynda Aiman-Smith voiced several concerns as did District 1 Councilor Cynthia Bettison. Cano spoke in favor of the measure saying the county has passed a similar measure. Ray asked: ”Why can we not try it? Let’s give it a shot. If it doesn’t work then we have nobody to blame but ourselves.”

The measure passed by a 3-1 vote, with Aiman-Smith casting the lone ‘nay’ vote.

Mayor Ken Ladner commended all the volunteers who worked the Family Fun Day, Jump into Summer, at Gough Park on Saturday. “There were 100s of kids there,” he said.

Bettison praised the work done at Hidden Park since last meeting, including directing water away from erosion patterns near the basketball court, painted little benches, killed red ant nests near the sandbox, and cleared away cacti.

Aiman-Smith encouraged residents to notice the art-filled crosswalks at the corner of 12th and Virginia streets and reminded the public that the SCPD will be conducting saturation patrols and checkpoints.

Ray opined that there were too many dogs running loose at the Blues Festival at Gough Park.

Retired Air Force Col. Susan Beck who has lived in Grant County since 2016, gave an update of the Holliman Air Force Base F-16 Training proposal. Because of newer technology in F-16s being built now, pilots need expanded fly zones to train, she said. According to her, the AF has a shortage of some 2,000 pilots of which F-16s pose the greatest need.
HAFB is using all existing airspace, Beck said, but it is challenging. HAFB would prefer to use the White Sands Missile Range because it’s closer. But WSMR is not always available because they have their own mission and duties.

Beck said the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposal is in the works, but its completion has been delayed from September to next year (2019). She encouraged council and the county to let the AF know what is here that will be affected by the proposed expansion of the F-16 training area. Comments can be made through the HAFB EIS website.

An additional informational meeting is planned for Wednesday, June 13, at WNMU’s Global Resource Center at 6:30 p.m., Beck said.

Portillo told council, in answer to last meeting’s subject of drug houses in residential neighborhoods, that the police department has been more aggressive with the drug problem and several arrests have been made. Also, procedures have been put in place to inform victims of what is happening with their stolen belongings that have been recovered, he stated.

Council approved three public celebration permit applications, one for the Volunteer Center of Grant County’s “Uncommonly Good Evening” on June 30, at 501 E. 13th Street with alcohol service from 6 to 9:30 p.m., and two for the Silver City Arts and Cultural District and CLAY Festival’s “Clay Festival Dance” at Market Street east of Bullard street on July 21, with alcohol service from 6-10 p.m.

Council approved a resolution to participate in the Local Government Road Fund Program administered by the NM Department of Transportation for a chip seal and fog seal road project. This involves various town streets for FY 2018/2019 and will cost $113,217, of which the town’s match is $28,304.

Also approved was a resolution authorizing the submission of a Community Development Block Grant application to the Department of Finance and Administration for a street and drainage project involving Daniel Street from Robert to NM 90, Dorothy Street from Robert to Theodore, Richard Street from Robert to Dead End, and Theodore Street from Dorothy to Alice. The full project is priced at $748,638.25.

In final action, council appointed Kevin Hubbs to the Lodgers Tax Advisory Board.

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.
captcha 
You can unsubscribe anytime. We never share or rent your email to anyone.

Fire Alerts

Editor's Note

For those of my subscribers who may be in the Eurozone, the Beat has updated its Privacy Policy and its Terms of Service to comply with GDPR.

For those of you who don't have a clue what GDPR is, I didn't either until a few days ago. It stands for General Data Protection Regulation, and it unifies data privacy requirements across all members of the Eurozone. 

Because you are an esteemed member of The Grant County Beat redership, 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!  

WARNING:

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.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

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.

Note: This is another component that is in progress of going to a different software to make it easier for you to use and find classifieds that interest you. Check Out Classifieds. And look at Sponsors to see who is helping the Beat.

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