Village names film office liaison

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A somber tone was set at the outset of Monday’s board of trustees meeting in Magdalena.

“This is going to be very hard for me… I lost a dear friend,” Mayor Sandy Julian said in announcing the death of Armand Romano, who most recently served as the municipal court clerk.

Romano was well respected in Magdalena and the surrounding area. A former New York City policeman, he once served as village marshal. Most recently he worked as manager at Sierra Propane.

Romano, who died on Friday, March30, was in ill health of late. In January the board took action to hire a voluntary temporary employee to perform court clerk duties in his absence.

Mayor Julian fought back tears while speaking about her friend.

“Keep him in your heart,” she said in conclusion.

Later in the meeting, Linda Mansell said she was planning a wake-like event to honor Romano, likely to be held at her restaurant, M & M Café, on Friday, April 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.

There will also be a pot luck get-together earlier that afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. at the senior center.

Little was accomplished at the meeting, which lasted just 20 minutes due to a light agenda.

The only action taken was to appoint Diego Montoya as the village’s liaison to the New Mexico Film Office.

“That does not mean he’s an employee,” Village Clerk/Treasurer Rita Broaddus told the board. “This is to pay mileage and per diem.”

Broaddus said Montoya would be required to travel out of town to attend one workshop and an annual meeting, “so it’s twice a year,” she said.

Village Updates

  • During the public comment portion of the meeting, resident Z.W. Farnsworth reported that the village’s annual clean-up, scheduled for Saturday, April 14, was on track.

Broaddus said arrangements had been made for Socorro County to haul two large garbage containers to Magdalena to dispose of the waste. The county wasn’t charging the village, she said, but the village would be responsible for tipping fees.

The trash bins will be located at the fire station. Residents are to drop off their garbage between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. There is no charge.

The village is also providing garbage bags free of charge that are available for pick up at village hall.

  • Village resident Sara Robinson reported that volunteers were close to completing upgrades to the rodeo grounds. She hoped that today (Saturday, April 7) would be the last work day. The Wild Bunch Reunion Association, a non-profit group which plans to hold rodeos on the grounds, will be on hand to do some touch-up welding and painting.
  • Socorro Electric Cooperative Trustee Charlie Wagner took a few minutes to encourage people to attend the co-op’s annual meeting on Saturday, April 14, at Macey Center in Socorro.

Wagner said co-op members passed numerous reform-related bylaws in 2010, several of which his colleagues on the board opposed. So much so the board took the unprecedented step of suing all of its approximately 10,000 members in an effort to stop bylaws that call for the co-op to operate with greater transparency.

While a judge ruled against the co-op, Wagner said board members are still trying to undo some of the other bylaws members approved, including one that reduces the size of the board from 11 to five, by introducing resolutions to change the bylaws.

Wagner said a reform group opposes all of the board-sponsored resolutions and only supports a plan to realign districts to make for more equitable representation, something the co-op hasn’t done in 30 years, he said.

Wagner distributed fliers produced by the reform group and copies of the ballot that will be used at the April 14 meeting.

 


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