Magdalena to hold ‘burn day’
Council members approved Aug. 18 as a burn day for the village at a meeting on Aug. 6.
Magdalena residents will now have the opportunity to burn leaves, brush and branches at that time. No trash such as rubber, tires or lumber can be burned. Mayor Sandy Julian said people will not be allowed to burn anything that could start a major fire.
Julian said the village had received numerous phone calls requesting it. Rainy weather also factored into the decision to allow a burn day.
In other actions, the council:
- Decided, in a three to one vote, to provide $1,000 towards a fund that would pay for a part-time 4-H extension agent to work in the area.
The loss of a full-time 4-H agent was due to Socorro County having a budget shortfall, so the organization’s leaders tried to get financial support from the county’s municipalities in order to keep at least a part-time agent.
A large concern for the council was where that $1,000 would go.
“Our money goes,” Julian said, “but our kids don’t get it.”
The money would pay the agent who would oversee all the clubs in the county. Extension agents help local 4-H clubs promote and enhance the experience for their members.
Dolly Dawson, the one holdout, said the $1,000 should go to all kids in the village, not just the members of 4-H.
Another concern for the council members was whether the village had enough interest in maintaining a club. The Yucca 4-H club in Magdalena currently has 16 kids in its program.
Tom Dean, a spokesperson for the organization, said 4-H could do a better job of promoting the club in the community and that would garner interest. He also said the members of the club are passionate about it.
- Approved three ordinances that deal with the possession and use of controlled substances and its paraphernalia.
One ordinance states, if a person is convicted of possessing less than one ounce of marijuana or a synthetic substitute, that person is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable with a fine of between $50 and $100 and a maximum imprisonment of 15 days.
The second ordinance states that any person found guilty of growing, possessing the tools necessary to grow, or using marijuana or a synthetic substitute will be punished with a maximum fine of $500 and imprisonment of no more than 90 days.
The last ordinance states that all convicted persons, under the two previous ordinances, will also pay a fee of $75 to offset the costs of testing for the drugs. Monthly, the village clerk will send the amount collected to the Administrative Office of the Courts.
- Approved the Yarger land split. Thirty-five acres of land will be split into two, 17.5-acre parcels.
- Approved the DWI training of Magdalena Marshal Deputy Lilenthal Farel. He will be trained in the use of the IR-8000 breathalyzer in Albuquerque on Aug. 14-16.