Bernalillo thanks holiday donors, approves zone change
Bernalillo residents and businesses, plus friends from out of town, exceeded past years supporting annual town drives with coats, toys, and money in December, Mayor Jack Torres said during a January Town Council meeting.
"People were extremely generous," Torres said. "So many people and companies came through for us."
Torres also thanked the town staff, which administers the programs and distributes the toys and coats to Bernalillo children.
More than two hundred coats were donated, and the toys benefited more than 120 families. Torres said that the toy donations exceeded requests from families, so the extras were distributed during the annual holiday social at the town recreation center.
In other action during the January 9 meeting, councilors approved conditional-use zoning for self-storage units and RV storage on an 11-acre site on South Hill Road south of U.S. Highway between the street and Interstate 25. The town Planning and Zoning Commission had approved the project unanimously with conditions that include reviews of landscaping, sign, fencing, and drainage plans, and on water usage.
A representative of the owner told the town council that the manager will live on the site in a two-story combination office and residence and that the outdoor light will meet dark-sky requirements. There was no public comment on the project at either the commission or council meetings.
School bonds, board members on February 7 ballot
Voters in school districts around Sandoval County go to the polls on February 7 to elect members to four boards of education.
Bernalillo Public Schools district voters also will see an $18.5 million bond question on the ballot to fund projects and improvements over the next four years. Twelve polling places will be open in the district, mostly at elementary schools and community centers.
Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Early in-person voting at the Sandoval County Clerk's office ends at 5:00 p.m. on February 3.
Three districted Bernalillo board seats are up for election with only incumbent Olivia Calabaza of Santo Domingo Pueblo running unopposed in District 2. In District 1 incumbent Isaac Francis Herrera of Cochiti Pueblo faces Merlinda K. Latoma, San Felipe Pueblo while in District 3 Jodilynn Ortiz of Placitas is challenging incumbent Gilbert Steve Lucero of Algodones.
The list of bond projects include construction and renovation at Bernalillo High School, a new gym at Cochiti Elementary and Middle School and district-wide roofing repairs and upgrades to technology and athletic fields.
Elections also are being held in the Cuba, Jemez Valley and Rio Rancho school districts.