Town mulls municipal election changes, buys new police trucks
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State law repealed the election code and gave municipalities the option to “opt in” to the state elections, which would occur on the first Tuesday of November in odd years.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.”
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.