Broaddus announces retirement

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The Magdalena Village Council has lifted some of the water restrictions on household laundry washing as the school year begins, and after initial rehabilitation of the Benjamin well was finalized about two weeks ago. This was reported at the monthly village meeting Aug. 19.

New casing and a new pump have been installed in the Benjamin well. Mayor Sandy Julian flipped the switch and turned on the pump at the Benjamin well Aug. 12. The well has been pumping nonstop ever since, and is gradually filling the village storage tanks.

In addition, the village is pumping from the Trujillo well in the mornings. The Trujillo well went dry in early June but has been replenished somewhat after being offline for about a month. This water is going to refill the Steers tank, which services the Magdalena schools, after some of the schools’ stored water was used to supply water to citizens of Magdalena this summer when the Trujillo well went dry and had to be shut down. The village then pumps from the booster station at the Trujillo well in the afternoon, and directs that water to the village storage tanks located south of the village on a hill.

Residents are now allowed to wash two loads of laundry per day until they can catch up with laundry that has not been washed since the restrictions were put into place in early June. Some livestock watering is also allowed.

Village officials noted that watering of gardens, trees and landscaping became less of an issue since summer rains began in early July. They acknowledged the efforts of village residents to continue conserving water, and asked that they continue with that effort.

Village Clerk Rita Broaddus will retire effective Oct. 1, after over 30 years with the village. The village is seeking applications for candidates to fill the position. Broaddus plans to be available to help train the new hire. The village is also seeking applicants to fill a position in its waste management department.

The state auditor has approved the 2010 audit for the village, which is now waiting to get copies from the accountant who completed the audit. They continue to work with the accountant to bring their audits up to date.

In other news, the Village Council granted permission for the Magdalena High School student council to have a bonfire during Homecoming, either Oct. 9 or 10. Councilwoman Barbara Baca recommended the permission be contingent upon having the Hop Canyon Fire Department as backup for the event, as the Magdalena Fire Department is currently short staffed due to some employees being out for medical reasons. The contingency was included in the vote.

The council also approved sponsorship of the Alamo Red Ribbon runners, a 20-year tradition. The sponsorship entails providing lunch for the runners as they travel through Magdalena on their journey.

The Village Council’s final agenda item was discussed in executive session, and referred to as “the litigation.” Executive session lasted from 6:24 p.m. to 6:52 p.m. The Village Council reported that they “discussed the matter at hand, and no decisions were made,” upon returning from executive session. No further information was provided.

The meeting was adjourned just before 7 p.m.