Mag airport closed this week

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At the Sept. 17 regular trustees meeting, Magdalena Mayor Sandy Julian said Magdalena’s airport will be closed temporarily.

“The airport is closed down for maintenance,” she said. “Somebody called in a complaint to the state aviation department, and they suggested we close it down until the runway is cleared of rocks and weeds.”

The Socorro County road department will grade the runway as a temporary fix. The village cannot afford the over $1 million needed to pave the runway, said Rita Broaddus, village clerk/treasurer. Broaddus said the village has received $250,000 so far from the state for the airport. The village has been rolling the money over from year to year.

Mayor Julian said she will be traveling to Ruidoso to meet with airport officials there to find out about what help Magdalena can get to pave the runway. Ruidoso is using a new and cheaper paving material, and she will be asking if Magdalena can try out the product on part of its runway.

Socorro County graders were at work Tuesday and Wednesday grading the runway, said Village Deputy Clerk Carleen Gomez in a telephone interview Sept. 18. As soon as the work is done, village airport manager Ambers Guin will inspect the runway and call in the results to the state aviation department. Gomez expects the airport to be reopened by this weekend.

In other business:

• Trustees approved electrical upgrades to be made at the senior center. Clerk Broaddus said the work should cost about $50,000. Broken Arrow Electric was the only contractor that responded to the call for bids, she said. Work on the upgrades will start soon, and should take only one or two days to complete.

• State capital outlay money is now available to pay for electrical work at the Trujillo Well, Broaddus said. The village will try to get three bids for the work, but so far only Broken Arrow Electric has responded. If no other electricians respond, Broken Arrow will be awarded the contract.

• The Pine Street project has been funded by the state, Broaddus said. She plans to start work in the spring since the winter months are not ideal for road work.

• The trustees approved village resident Robert Brunson’s request to cut a new driveway at his home to accommodate his wife’s vehicle which cannot negotiate the present curb and gutter. Trustees stipulated that Brunson must follow village ordinances when making the changes to the road.

• Steve Bailey, reporting for the utilities department, said he has been cleaning and grading alleys. Trustee Diane Allen wanted to know who was responsible for the piles of dirt and trash left in alleys. It was determined that the village is responsible for debris removal in alleys. Bailey said he has tested the back-up generators, and they are ready to go. One village vehicle is still in Socorro for repair, he said. Trustee Barbara Baca said she would check on it when she is in Socorro this week.

• Fire chief Donna Dawson said the refresher EMS classes at the fire academy were useful. The village EMS dept. were also trained to deal with emergencies, such as an active shooter. She said EMRTC would be willing to come to Magdalena to train responders to deal with terrorist attacks or bomb threats if enough people were interested. She said the EMS personnel responded to two ambulance calls in August and no fires. The county fire marshal will be giving the village a large metal sign that will be placed near the old fire station. She said there are trainings scheduled at Hop Canyon VFD, and Bob Brunson has volunteered to train people.

• Marshal Larry Cearley was on vacation, but a written report showed the marshal’s office issued 20 village traffic citations and nine state traffic citations. Marshals responded to 18 public service calls, one alarm, and requests for two driving tests and two finger printings, and one call for assistance from the state police. Marshals made one DWI arrest, and were dispatched to two criminal incidents, one involving criminal damage to property.

• The next regular Magdalena Board of Trustees meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Village Hall.