Town mulls mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion changes, buys new po­lice trucks

The Taos News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Jesse Moya [email protected]­news.com

The town of Taos Coun­cil met Tues­day (Nov. 27) for a reg­u­lar meet­ing where the coun­cil dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of chang­ing the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion code to abide by the new state law.

State law re­pealed the elec­tion code and gave mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties the op­tion to “opt in” to the state elec­tions, which would oc­cur on the first Tues­day of Novem­ber in odd years. Af­ter nearly an hour of dis­cus­sion, the coun­cil elected to have a res­o­lu­tion drafted to re­tain the nor­mal mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions on the first Tues­day of March in even-num­bered years. Ac­cord­ing to town clerk Fran­cella Gar­cia, this res­o­lu­tion will likely be drafted and pre­sented to coun­cil be­fore the end of the year.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the coun­cil also agreed to pur­chase a new ice resur­facer for the Taos Youth and Fam­ily Cen­ter. The new ve­hi­cle will al­low for more pre­cise resur­fac­ing of the ice rink and comes at a cost of

$93,000, which was bud­geted for the equip­ment. In ad­di­tion, Youth and Fam­ily Cen­ter of­fi­cials gave the coun­cil and mayor an up­date on the pool heater, say­ing the new boiler has ar­rived and should be in­stalled soon.

The heater in the Taos Youth and Fam­ily Cen­ter pool has been a con­cern of both town of­fi­cials and com­mu­nity mem­bers for some time, and swim­mers have been not­ing the cold wa­ter since Au­gust.

Be­fore the meet­ing, town of­fi­cials gath­ered in front of the coun­cil cham­bers to cel­e­brate the pur­chase of two new Ford

F-150 trucks for the Taos Po­lice De­part­ment. The agree­ment to spend $70,000 for both trucks was passed in Sep­tem­ber and se­nior mem­bers of the po­lice de­part­ment are us­ing the new trucks.

Taos Po­lice Chief David Tru­jillo said the trucks will help out of­fi­cers when the weather turns rough and will ul­ti­mately pro­vide more room for trans­port­ing peo­ple and equip­ment. The ve­hi­cles come equipped with new com­puter sys­tems that could shorten the time spent at rou­tine traf­fic stops around town.

“Be­ing that they’re more rugged, they will last longer than the cars,” Tru­jillo said. “We’re prob­a­bly go­ing to choose to go with trucks and SUVs from here on out.”

Jesse Moya

Coun­cilor Ge­orge ‘Fritz’ Hahn and Mayor Dan Bar­rone, right, get a crash course on the new Taos po­lice com­puter sys­tem, from the front seat only.

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