Magdalena board still one short

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The search continues for a new trustee in Magdalena.

Mayor Diego Montoya said in his report at Monday night’s Village Board meeting that he is still fielding candidates to fill the fourth trustee seat, recently vacated by Barbara Baca, who resigned last month for health reasons.

In the interim, Montoya said he has received several inquiries at Village Hall and narrowed down the possibilities to a short list.

“I found someone who agreed to be nominated for the position, but over the weekend he backed out,” Montoya told the board.

He said he has two other residents in mind and will be speaking with them this week.

“Anyone else who is willing to be considered should come by Village Hall this week,” he added.

In other business:

• The board voted to extend for 30 more days the emergency proclamation limiting the sale and use of fireworks within the village limits. Trustee Richard Rumpf, who is also Magdalena Fire Chief, said although monsoon rains have improved the situation drought conditions still exist, citing a small grass fire near the cemetery believed to have been started by fireworks. Restrictions include aerial-type fireworks as well as chaseers and firecrackers. Fireworks still permissible under the proclamation are limited to areas that are paved or barren, or areas that have a readily accessible source of water.

• Montoya reported that village audits are “finally up-to-date, and now we will be in better shape for grants.”

• The board re-appointed Joint Utilities Director Steve Bailey to the Landfill Board.

The next Village Board meeting will be Monday, July 28, at 6 p.m.