Mag trustees decide to buy new SUV

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After observing a moment of silence honoring the victims of last Friday’s shooting in Connecticut, Magdalena trustees got to work at Monday night’s meeting, approving the purchase of a new Ford Explorer and Cerk Rita Broaddus’ request for leave to attend a conference, and denying High Country Lodge’s request to install a drive-up food service window.

After some discussion and public comment, the board voted to approve Mayor Sandy Julian’s request to buy a new Ford Explorer to replace the present vehicle, which Julian said is no longer reliable because of its high mileage and mechanical problems.

“Mostly women are driving the vehicle,” she said. She said she drives her own vehicle on village business because she is afraid of having a breakdown on a remote road.

The vehicle has over 107,000 miles on it.

Mayor pro tem Diane Allen suggested tabling the idea until after the new year, but Julian said the price would increase by $4,000 after Jan. 1. Broaddus said the contract car dealers have with the state of New Mexico expires at the end of the year, and the 2013 contract reflects price increases for new models.

All of the trustees voted to approve the purchase except for Allen.

Julian said only trustees and village employees would be allowed to use the SUV, and only on village business. The vehicle would be kept at the village yard when not in use.

Trustees granted Broaddus’ request to attend a national clerk’s association meeting in Atlantic City, N.J., May 17-24. Broaddus said as president of the association, her airfare and hotel costs would be paid, but the village would have to pay for her meals and grant her leave for that week. Substitutes will cover her duties while she is gone, Broaddus said.

Jason Otero, representing High Country Lodge, a nonprofit community development project, requested a variance to install a food takeout window facing the alley next to the establishment. Trustees denied his request, citing access and liability problems associated with using a public alley for private use.

In other business:

  • Broaddus reported the village food and toy drive has been successful, providing gifts for 90 children and food boxes for 25 needy families. Magdalena’s Family Dollar store contributed items for stocking stuffers and encouraged patrons to donate food, which was collected at the store. The Samaritan Foundation donated $300, which went toward six food boxes for local seniors.
  • Genevieve Robran introduced Thomasine Sanguedolce, the new Presbyterian Health Services clinic nurse practitioner, and her husband Tom. Thomasine said she and her husband have already purchased a home in Magdalena on Fifth Street.

“We are here to stay,” she said. “Everything we’ve seen so far, we love.”

  • No one present volunteered to represent Magdalena seniors on the county’s Senior Advisory Board. Trustee Barbara Baca presented the mayor with names of village seniors who may be willing to volunteer to serve on the board.
  • Volunteer Fire Chief Donna Dawson asked for a new door locking system to replace the keypad on the fire house door. The facility has suffered several break-ins, she said. Trustees granted her request. Dawson also reported a local volunteer has been cleaning and fueling the EMS vehicles.
  • Librarian Yvonne Magener said the library now has three Kindles, and e-books are now available at the library. A new software system to monitor library activity, such as book checkouts, will be up and running soon.
  • Trustees Dolly Dawson and Barbara Baca requested the clerk to start obtaining court records for the board so the trustees will know the case count and the amount of fines collected by Judge Serna’s court.
  • The next village board of trustees meeting will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 7, 2013, at the Magdalena Village Hall.