City Commission agrees to airport annexation

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

Tucumcari City Commissioners agreed on Thursday to the annex the airport property and land that would make it contiguous to existing city limits.

The city has been interested in bringing the property into the city limits to take advantage of the gross receipts generated at the airport as well as the bringing all its properties under one umbrella.

The annexation resolution had been tabled at the last commission meeting because there were errors in the platting of the properties. And several property owners in the area surrounding the airport questioned the city’s proposal.
Quay County resident Bob Morgan spoke briefly on Thursday before the commission and noted that the last time he had seen the drawings that there were still errors in the mapping of the lands to be annexed.

“This is three times that he’s (engineer) platted this.” Morgan said. “It’s still in error.”

He said the platting did not affect his property but that it did affect some other property owners in the area.

Mayor Mary Mayfield said that a new map and boundaries had been drawn up and that it addressed the errors that Morgan pointed out.

Morgan said he had not seen the latest revision and added, “I’ve got to take your word for it.”

Clara Rey, an assistant at city hall, informed city commissioners the city had been asked to help locate someone who could serve as a Vista Volunteer and who would work with senior citizens. Rey said the person would be given a stipend by the Vista Volunteer program and would work 40 hours a week.

The commissioners are also agreed to appoint:
– Yetta Bidegain to the Tucumcari Historical Museum Advisory Board to fill the vacancy left by Duane Moore, who resigned from the board; and
– James E. Robinson to the Lodgers Tax Board. Robinson is the director of sales for the Hampton Inn.
Commissioner Chris Maestas voiced concern over the way the appointments are made by the mayor and the commission.

“We are still not doing this right,” Maestas said. “Each one of us has to vote as we did in the past.”

Recommendations for appointments have come to the mayor, and then appointments are announced by the mayor at the commission meetings and the commission agrees in a voice vote.

Maestas asked the commission to vote on voting for all appointments.

The commissioners all agreed that they would vote on candidates who come up for appointments, except for the mayor, who voted no.

Maestas also said, “I’d like to see more diversity on the boards.”

In other business before the city, commissioners approved:
l a proposal from Daniel Mares to rezone 702 E. Aber, block 26 and 27, lots 1-12 in the Russell Auditorium from residential to general commercial.
– a $90,684 bid to purchase a new ambulance.
l an agreement with the New Mexico State Department of Transportation for the reconstruction of Adams and Amarosa street: Adam Street from Estrella Avenue to Robinson Avenue and Amarosa Avenue from First Street to Adams Street. DOT will pay $220,000 and the city will pay $73,333.
– an agreement with the New Mexico State Department of Transportation for the pavement repair, drainage and other road improvements. DOT will pay $50,268 and the city will pay $16,756. The funds will go to drainage improvements on Estralla Avenue.
– a $500 allocation from the Lodgers tax for the promotion of the Ranch Hand Association of American sanctioned competition event to be held on Sept. 23 at the Quay County Fairgrounds Arena.
– a resolution in support of the Northeast New Mexico Regional Water Plan.
– the purchase of a plaque for Veterans Park.

The mayor also signed several proclamations including Sept. 25 as “Family Day — A day to eat dinner with your children,” and congratulations to KENW-TV in Portales for its new broadcast center.