Mag burn day set

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The Magdalena village trustees approved Mayor Sandy Julian’s request to have this Saturday designated as the annual village burn day, weather permitting. The village fire dept. will be on standby all day, fire dept. head Donna Dawson said.

Village residents can burn weeds in their yards on the burn day, but not trash or other debris.

In other business:

  • Trustee Barbara Baca asked the mayor to “hold” payment of $97.53 to the Ark of Socorro Veterinary Clinic pending her discussing the matter with Magdalena Magistrate Judge Robert Serna.

Serna ordered two pit bulls to be put down after they had escaped from their yard and attacked a neighbor’s dogs, but had not required the owner to cover the euthanasia expenses, said Magdalena Chief of Public Safety Larry Cearley in an interview after the meeting. Baca also questioned the magistrate court’s $185.70 monthly telecommunications bill. Broaddus said the bill covers the court’s regular telephone line, a fax line, and high-speed internet. The board voted unanimously to pay the monthly bills except for the Ark of Socorro charge.

  • Village Clerk Rita Broaddus reported she and Mayor Sandy Julian met with state Rep. Don Tripp in Santa Fe last week. Tripp told them the capital outlay money to cover repairs to the village water well telemetry system will probably get funded during this session.

“Don Tripp was very encouraging about our capital outlay request,” Broaddus said. The village requested $50,800 for the well repairs.

Broaddus said the village received $171,000 from the New Mexico 2013 Small City Assistance grant. The money will go into the village’s general operating fund.

  • Trustees voted unanimously to allocate $200 to the fire department to cover picnic supplies for the county Firewise Day workshop scheduled for March 23 at the village fire house. Emergency medical services and fire dept. head Donna Dawson said the recent helicopter training session was a success. Village and neighboring EMS and fire dept. personnel practiced “talking down” an EMS helicopter as well as extricating patients from vehicles and preparing them for transport.
  • Maintenance department head Steve Bailey said the department installed a water line to service the new community garden on Main Street.
  • Volunteer Z. W. Farnsworth reported the elm trees in front of the village library had to be trimmed severely to remove dead branches.