Village loses out on water system grant

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At Tuesday night’s meeting, Mayor Sandy Julian had to break some bad news to the trustees — the Community Development Block Grant application to fund water system infrastructure upgrades was denied because the village missed a Dec. 31 auditing deadline.

“We are two years behind in our audits,” Julian said. “So CDBG will not let us apply.”

The grant would have funded telemetry upgrades for remote monitoring of water levels in storage tanks and a new back-up well.

Village Clerk Rita Broaddus said she will email State Rep. Don Tripp during the current Legislative session to ask for capital outlay money to fund the $50,800 needed to repair the telemetry system. The new well will have to wait, she said.

The village audits came to a standstill about 10 years ago when the auditor contracted to do the work dropped out of sight, Broaddus said in an interview after the meeting.

“That auditor literally disappeared,” she said.

The village advertised for a replacement, but no one responded until Los Lunas accountant Raymond Garcia was hired three years ago. Socorro CPA Rick Penner is currently handling the back log.

“Rick Penner has done two years of audits so far,” she said.

In other business:

  • Trustees approved Mayor Sandy Julian and Clerk Rita Broaddus’ request to attend Municipal Day in Santa Fe on Feb. 19 and 20. Broaddus plans to meet with Rep. Tripp to discuss the capital outlay money needed for the well infrastructure project;
  • The annual Village Burn Day was set for the weekend of Feb. 9, weather permitting. Village residents will be allowed to burn weeds (no trash or debris) in their yards during daylight hours;
  • Trustee Diane Allen commended the Magdalena Marshal’s Office for increasing patrols around the high school;
  • None of the department heads were present to give their reports; written reports were read, and no action was taken;
  • During executive session, trustees voted unanimously to terminate Magdalena Marshal’s Office deputy Rick Lopez.