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Good evening and welcome. This is a regular scheduled public hearing business meeting of the Valencia County Commission for 00:00:41
September 20th, 2023. Annette, would you lead us in the pledge please? 00:00:46
Good legions to the flag. 00:00:57
United States of America. 00:00:59
And to the Republic for which it stands. 00:01:01
One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. 00:01:03
Thank you. 00:01:09
OK, commissioners, got the agenda before us. Any changes by fellow commissioners? 00:01:15
There's, there's done any changes by staff? No, Mr. Chairman. That said, is there a motion to approve the agenda as presented 00:01:23
tonight? 00:01:26
Move a motion and 2nd any discussion on the motion the 2nd. 00:01:30
There'll be none. 00:01:34
Commissioner Richard you. 00:01:36
Yes, Mr. Basilio, Spark in your vote, yes. 00:01:38
Yes. 00:01:42
OK, we got one set of minutes for the 9/6/2023 business meeting. 00:01:44
Are there any changes to those Minutes by fellow Commissioners? 00:01:50
Because there's none. Is there a recommendation? 00:01:57
Mr. Chair, I'd like to make a motion to approve the minutes as presented. 00:02:00
2nd. 00:02:04
And the second, any discussion on the motion of the 2nd. 00:02:06
They're being untouched. You vote yes. Mr. Bissell, your vote yes. 00:02:09
If you're parking your vote yes, you're on your vote yes and I abstain. 00:02:13
Thank you, guys, please stand approved. 00:02:17
We'll move on now to our public comment. We've got a couple people here that will. 00:02:19
Wish to speak to us, so we'll get to them in just a second. 00:02:24
Thank you. 00:02:27
Loretta Trujillo join the meeting. 00:02:36
OK, public comment Mr. John Brenna, if you'll approach problem the podium, please. 00:02:41
And if you would just state your name for the record. 00:02:50
Good afternoon. My name is John Brenner. 00:02:56
And I believe that the enabling clause is on the agenda today. Is that correct, Sir? 00:02:59
The action on that is to advertise, Is that correct, Mr. Pale? 00:03:05
So we'll have to advertise that before we take final action on the ordinance itself, but the. 00:03:11
So there will be a the the action will be to move forward with it if it does pass. Alright Sir, I'd like to speak in favor of 00:03:15
that. 00:03:19
This is a perfect opportunity for the county to create an ordinance which will protect itself. 00:03:23
From the whims of our current governor. 00:03:28
By enacting the enabling clause. 00:03:32
My understanding, maybe the lawyer can correct me is that. 00:03:35
She has to sue us to get us to comply with her actions. 00:03:37
And that would be a situation which would keep her busy. 00:03:41
If the other 32 counties fell in line with. 00:03:46
Umm. 00:03:49
That action. So I don't think it's a negative thing, I think it's a positive thing. 00:03:50
And I think we should go forward with it. 00:03:54
Thank you. 00:03:57
Thank you. 00:03:57
OK. Next. 00:04:04
Annette. 00:04:06
And if you will, also, just state your name for the record when you get to the podium. 00:04:07
Hello commissioners and manager. My name is Annette Castille from Valencia County. 00:04:17
On July 31st, 2023. 00:04:22
I wanted to thank you guys for supporting the right of county citizens to participate in the referendum process. 00:04:27
That is our New Mexico. 00:04:34
In our New Mexico Constitution, Article 4, Section 1. 00:04:36
And with all the attacks on not only our New Mexico Constitution but the United States Constitution, I really comforted. 00:04:40
To know that you have our backs as citizens. 00:04:47
To say it is your right because it is in the Constitution. 00:04:51
And we're not going to step in front of that. So thank you for your support. 00:04:55
Thank you. 00:04:59
OK. That ends our public comment. We'll go into our discussion on action items. Commissioners, is there anything you wish to bring 00:05:03
to the table, anything you want to report out? 00:05:07
Mr. Chair, please. 00:05:12
Last month we had a very special guest. 00:05:15
An honorary commissioner for the day. 00:05:18
And I asked. 00:05:20
County clerk. 00:05:22
To. 00:05:24
Right up a little. 00:05:25
Honorary Commissioner for the day. 00:05:27
And I would love for every Commissioner. 00:05:29
Sign it. 00:05:32
And so we can present it to Natalie. 00:05:33
Because she did an awesome job and just to recognize her and what she did and what she's gone through and all the children of 00:05:35
Valencia County. 00:05:38
And. 00:05:42
You know, it was very special to have her. 00:05:43
She kind of looked a little bored every once in a while, but she did a great job and and I think we need to recognize her so. 00:05:45
I would love for you, all the commissioners, to join me in signing this. 00:05:51
Absolutely. I was not present for the meeting, but I got a lot of positive feedback. 00:05:56
Really made her her evening to be here. I got some photos from. 00:06:00
One of the members that was here, my cousin actually so. 00:06:04
Made made her day and I think it was well done. I thank all of you guys for for taking the. 00:06:07
Opportunity to bring her up and make her feel. 00:06:12
Part of this, part of this group, you guys did a great job. 00:06:15
OK, Commissioners, anything else? I have one more sure please. 00:06:40
You know, last election we had a lot of people come up and and worried about election integrity. 00:06:45
And. 00:06:51
It's very important to us and and we want to make sure that the the. 00:06:52
Constituents and the residents of Valencia County feel. 00:06:56
Secure in our elections. 00:07:01
And so I just want to make sure that. 00:07:03
We are going to do the. 00:07:05
Certifying the machines. We're doing that stuff and getting ready for our next election because we have one. 00:07:09
Coming up really soon with the municipalities. 00:07:14
And I would just like to ask the clerk are are are are we going to be ready? 00:07:16
To have. 00:07:20
Everything's secure and ready to go with the elections. 00:07:21
We're going to start our certification here September 26th at 9:00 or 10:00 in the morning. 00:07:24
And we're going to be certified in our machines. So welcome the public to join us on the certification. 00:07:29
To see how certification works. 00:07:36
And. 00:07:39
Yes, we're going to be ready for this election. 00:07:41
Thank you. 00:07:45
Anything else? Commissioners? Chairman, please. I want to thank Danny and his staff for putting together a nice appreciation day 00:07:46
at Ice Toast Park. 00:07:50
We learned that most of them can't read because they sat in the wrong section. But yeah, I guess we can forgive them of that. But 00:07:54
it was very nice. And you know, it's not just one day that we appreciate you, it's every day. So thank you for that, Danny. 00:07:59
Thank you all. 00:08:04
Thank you Commissioner Sparkman, that I did get a lot of positive feedback on that also. Anything else? 00:08:06
Issues. Nothing else, Steph. Mr. Chairman, I have a few announcements. 00:08:12
Just received the letter yesterday. 00:08:16
Reaccreditation to our adult detention center. 00:08:18
So. 00:08:22
Our warden could not be here this evening, but it'll run. 00:08:24
From May 1923 through September 1326. So that's a great job on their part. That does help us get a discount on our insurance. 00:08:27
Also, I'd like to remind everybody and those in the audience and on Facebook that tomorrow Valencia County will be hosting a 00:08:36
listening session for opioids. 00:08:41
For people with addiction or possible treatments. 00:08:46
This will be at the workforce training center once 020 Huning Ranch. 00:08:49
It's going to be from 2:00 to 3:00. We need to run over. We've scheduled room for a longer than that. 00:08:54
Mr. Pedo and Mr. ***** have been very instrumental in help setting this up. 00:09:01
With the group and we have six or seven counties involved, but this is just for the Valencia county. 00:09:05
We think we're off to a very good step. We've got very good people on our committee and. 00:09:11
We invite those of you that would like to join us to please join us. 00:09:15
Just from our small group of seven or eight people sitting on the board. 00:09:19
Everybody on that board is somehow been affected by opioids, so. 00:09:23
It's very rapid and rampant. Excuse me, and we invite everybody to attend. 00:09:27
We are another. 00:09:35
Piece of information November 1st. 00:09:37
Most likely we will be cancelling that meeting. 00:09:39
They will be using this room as a voting location for the election. 00:09:43
And if something special comes up, we will call an emergency meeting unless it is far enough in advance or we can have a regular 00:09:47
meeting. But our plan right now is to only have one meeting in November. 00:09:53
When you drove up, you probably saw that our generator has been installed. They're 90% through with hooking it up, so we're 00:09:59
getting close with that. 00:10:03
And you may notice that they started moving dirt today for the adult attention center expansion. So we have a lot going on. If you 00:10:07
have any questions, give us a holler. But. 00:10:12
That's what all I have at this time. 00:10:16
Thank you. 00:10:18
They appreciate that. 00:10:19
OK. Anything else, Commissioners? 00:10:21
OK. We'll move on to item number six. This is presentation, the Mentor program. 00:10:24
And we've got the Lizeth who steals for. 00:10:28
Yes. 00:10:32
Mr. Chairman, Commissioners, thank you for this opportunity back in June. 00:10:36
Of this year. 00:10:41
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board had invited. 00:10:43
Lisette Bustios and Alma Castillo with the Mentor program. 00:10:46
To kind of give us. 00:10:50
Some substance as to what it is that they provide for our youth. 00:10:52
Obviously the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board is very intricate part on identifying resources so that the kids. 00:10:58
At our local youth. 00:11:05
Who are struggling with? 00:11:07
Academics. 00:11:09
Struggling with. 00:11:10
Home issues. 00:11:12
That they are aware. 00:11:14
Of resources out there. 00:11:16
So in the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting, the presentation that Lizeth and Alma gave was. 00:11:18
Absolutely wonderful and I just felt that it was absolutely necessary to invite them back. 00:11:24
To give the Board of County Commissioners a presentation, but more so. 00:11:29
Raise awareness for those listening on Facebook that there are. 00:11:34
Options here locally within the. 00:11:38
Within Valencia County. So with that being said, Mr. Chairman, Commissioners, I would like to invite Lisette Bustios and Alma 00:11:41
Castillo to provide us a a brief presentation on services. 00:11:46
Thank you. 00:11:52
Good evening. 00:11:57
Good evening. Thank you for the opportunity to have us here. 00:11:59
Thank you. 00:12:03
Umm. 00:12:04
Let me just share. 00:12:06
OK, well my name is Lisette Museos and. 00:12:13
I am the executive director of the Mentor program. 00:12:16
And my name is Anna Castillo, and I'm the director of the program. 00:12:20
And I would like to start just to share a little bit about myself and so you can get an insight on why I do what I do. 00:12:26
I actually came to like. 00:12:32
To the United States when I was 11 years old from Chihuahua, Mexico, and I started 8th grade here. 00:12:34
I graduated from high school in 2007, Los Lunas High School. From there I got my associates degree from UNMC in 2009. 00:12:41
And I had a son in 2009 as well. 00:12:51
I got my bachelor's degree in secondary education. 00:12:54
With the emphasis in mathematics in 2018. 00:12:57
And then I started working on this project with the Mentor program, and I'm also a professor of mathematics at UNBC now. 00:13:02
OK and. 00:13:11
I am Alma. I. We have very similar story. I my gratitude, yes. When I was five years old, started kindergarten here and for me I 00:13:13
started reading and I started getting myself into books since first grade and it's when I. 00:13:21
Decided I wanted to be a teacher because I loved reading so. 00:13:29
I would always. That was my escape from being bullied because I didn't speak the language so. 00:13:32
So I started reading, and that's when I decided that I wanted to become a teacher. And I also graduated from high school in 2007. 00:13:39
And I became a mother in 2008. 00:13:45
I started at UNMC and got my associates in 2010. 00:13:48
And then went to get my bachelor's degree with an elementary education with bilingual and tussle endorsement. 00:13:53
From U&M in 2013 I got my Masters degree in Educational Administration. 00:13:59
In 2019. 00:14:06
And I taught for Los Lunas district for about 6-7 years. I've been teaching for 10. 00:14:07
And right now, I'm an instructional coach for HMH. It's a national publisher. 00:14:14
And right now. 00:14:21
I'm at the mental program. 00:14:22
OK, so now I'm going to introduce our mentor. 00:14:25
The Mentor program. 00:14:29
Has submission to support our youth by providing a safe place where they can go after school hours. 00:14:30
And obtain academic support, lifelong skills and most importantly, support on the pursuit of identifying their passions. 00:14:37
And guidance in of tiny. 00:14:46
Further education in what they are passionate about. 00:14:48
And we do that by providing this faith, the resources and the mentorship that they may need to explore their interest. 00:14:50
And also just put him in a financial mindset of that's what you're passionate about. Let's figure out how you can make a living 00:14:58
out of. 00:15:02
We of course work with youth of 10 to 17 year olds in Valencia County and so we have. 00:15:06
The information for Lucinas Public Schools, where it's noticeable that the majority are minority and Hispanics and also with Los 00:15:16
Lunas High School, 51% of the students are economically disadvantaged. 00:15:24
And so we want to make sure that we are actively supporting our youth. 00:15:32
And. 00:15:37
We also took a little bit of in depth to research to look on. 00:15:38
What are the graduation rates and how? 00:15:43
Are our students pursuing if they are pursuing education part more after high school? We've noticed that there is a decline of 00:15:46
graduation rates once we go into the Valencia or UNM and so we want to see what's happening and we want to support our youth not 00:15:54
only on encouraging them to pursue further education but also on. 00:16:01
Pursuing their passions, even if it doesn't require go to go to college. 00:16:10
Yeah, how about a trade school? And focus on that as well if that is necessary. 00:16:15
And also what's happening with our teams. So we want to cover it, cover the space and have that space for our teens who don't have 00:16:21
a safe space, where to go after school or where they're not being fed. So our doors are open for. 00:16:28
For them. And of course we're trying to keep them off the streets and what's happening out there now with all the drugs and the 00:16:35
dangers that the streets could bring for them. 00:16:40
So I actually took a moment to ask a couple of recently graduated high school students and see why they decided not to go to high 00:16:46
school. And these were the answers that we received. One of them said that because I never believe I was capable of success. 00:16:55
So then we want to make sure that we're offering that space and we're offering that support in and that we are we become that 00:17:05
adult that is allowing them to believe on themselves and be successful. 00:17:11
Another student said because it's a bad investment, it's expensive, time consuming and teachers don't get paid enough. 00:17:17
It's true as well. 00:17:24
And then? 00:17:26
We also want to allow these students to be able to have another opportunity in a different route if it doesn't require college. 00:17:28
And the last one said because I don't need it. 00:17:36
Don't get me wrong. Yes, very good for you. A lot more. Those doors open up. The school isn't for everyone, so we're aware of that 00:17:38
as well. And we want to. 00:17:42
Support them with their ideas. We know we want to. 00:17:47
Allowed the space for them to explore and. 00:17:51
And be able to pursue something further than just an exploration point. 00:17:54
And that's where also. 00:18:00
We want to focus on trade, jobs and not only. 00:18:03
Persuade them and tell them to go to college because as that student said, college is not for everyone, so we don't want to put 00:18:07
them in that mindset that we're pushing. 00:18:13
For them to go to college when they don't want to, but we want to open other ideas. We want to introduce all the trade, jobs, 00:18:18
construction. We want to let them know that. 00:18:23
Construction, plumbing, all those jobs are very respectful jobs so that they can get into and with that in mind we want to teach 00:18:28
them to that not only they can get into those trade jobs, but they can become. 00:18:34
Their own business. They can create their own business based on what they learn based on their abilities. 00:18:41
So that is something that we want them to explore more and have them. 00:18:47
Go through that route by. 00:18:52
Teaching them on how to create their own business. 00:18:54
Becoming an entrepreneur and teaching them that. 00:18:57
If college is not for everyone, you can do other things and you can be successful in any other. 00:19:01
Place. 00:19:07
And along with all of the academics. 00:19:09
We are also focused on on themselves, for our youth to feel valued as a whole wherever they are at right now in life and also to. 00:19:13
For. 00:19:26
I'm sorry. 00:19:29
OK, for them to know that there is somebody that believes in them and I want to share a couple of stories. 00:19:31
Here's our one of our most recent, very consistent mentee. 00:19:39
Lucas. 00:19:43
Lucas came to us and he's been. 00:19:45
Consistently showing up every day. 00:19:49
Lucas come in and he's hungry every day, so we make sure that he's being fed. 00:19:52
He is. 00:19:58
Very active, so he can only stay in one place for so long, so we're meeting his needs where he needs it. 00:20:00
Every day we take a walk, a whole block walk. Either refuse him or we have all of our other mentees. Everybody's taking a walk 00:20:07
with that because that's what our mentee needs. 00:20:12
Um. 00:20:17
Armenti's been having a little bit of difficult times at the moment and he's very discouraged about life. 00:20:18
He is in probation and we've been working on becoming now a mentor. 00:20:25
We came up with the plan that. 00:20:31
He's going to do all the right things now so he can get out of probation. He can be the one that's going to mentor other teams. 00:20:33
So he's just. 00:20:40
Happy to see him happy and to see him actually encourage about something positive in his life. 00:20:43
And that's. 00:20:49
Our goal? 00:20:50
We also have this other mentee. She became a Teen Mom. 00:20:53
And after that she felt. 00:20:57
She didn't feel encouraged. She wasn't thinking about school, taking it serious. So we started helping her by. 00:21:01
She doesn't come to the program every day like others, but she is being helped other ways. So she comes and she helps us with the 00:21:09
brochures and we help her with academics. We talked to her, we give her advice on. 00:21:16
OK, so you're not doing well in school. Think about what you want to do. 00:21:23
And we also support her by allowing her to have more responsibilities and feel that she is. 00:21:28
Are needed and appreciated in another way and so she comes in and helps us also with the cleaning of the facilities. 00:21:34
So that is in a way helping her stay active and stay motivated. 00:21:42
When we started the program, this was last year back in August. That's when we registered. 00:21:52
Our program and I didn't have a facility of course. It was just a dream and it was just a project that we were working on. 00:21:59
At that time I started working. 00:22:07
As an employee with H2 academics and they allowed us to use their premises and start a weekly workshop in their premises. So just 00:22:10
want to thank H2 academics which allow us to get started and get the ball going at this time. 00:22:18
So here's a couple of partnerships and support that we have received. Mckoon gave us a discretionary grant. 00:22:28
The Valencia County Business Incubator provided us with 10 devices for the Mentor program use. 00:22:36
And then we had a couple of mentorship opportunities. So when we do the career exploration, our mentees. 00:22:42
Explore what careers they would be landing. And when that happens, I take on on finding a professional who's already a 00:22:50
professional in that career. And so we get connected and they, our mentees, get to interview the professionals and that just gives 00:22:58
our mentees a sense of this is what it looks like if I were to pursue this career or this job. And so we had one with Decker 00:23:05
Parish Sabatini, who is the architecture. 00:23:13
Program or architecture? 00:23:21
Business in Albuquerque and then we also had a talk with STV construction also for mentorship opportunity for mentees are wanting 00:23:23
to. 00:23:27
Explore. 00:23:32
On construction as well. 00:23:33
And I just want to talk a little bit about our summer program. We had a mentee, GAIL, who was very interested on creating the 00:23:36
fingerboards. 00:23:41
And so when he expressed that he was interested, we provided all of the materials for him to explore. 00:23:46
He. 00:23:52
Worked so hard and he tackled them down. Now he's a professional building, the Ted Dex, the little fingerboards. 00:23:54
So he was like, OK, now I know how to do him. And we asked him what are you going to do with? 00:24:01
How can you become of some sort of financial mindset with that? And so he was like, well, I can sell them, OK, where are you going 00:24:07
to sell them? Well, I can do that at school. OK, what else? 00:24:13
Well, maybe an online store. OK, well, let's learn how to create an online page and let's sell them like that. And so then I asked 00:24:18
them, OK, well, if I go online, I'm going to find. 00:24:24
Many pages of. 00:24:30
Of website with. 00:24:32
That sells the Ted deck, so. 00:24:34
What is going to make you stand up? 00:24:37
I'm good at art. I like architecture and I'm good at art. So I'm going to make customized design. And he started doing that and he 00:24:39
started selling them and. 00:24:45
Not only that, during the summer he run our summer program and he shared his knowledge with all of the other mentees. 00:24:51
And he thought of how to make. 00:24:59
Fingerboards. So it's just. 00:25:02
A reflection of something that you just said that it was an idea. Look at where he's at so. 00:25:04
That's I wanna share if that's OK. 00:25:11
To share a video, is that OK? 00:25:14
So this is what a typical summer day looked at our our premises. 00:25:33
It does have music. 00:25:40
For you to take a look at what it looks like when we're in there. 00:26:44
Yes. 00:26:49
You want to share the. 00:26:53
Yes, at the end of the summer. So we did the skateboards with. 00:26:57
In mind that at the end we were going to. 00:27:03
Have a presentation for the community and the parents to see what. 00:27:06
The students did, the kids did so. 00:27:11
We had a during a Saturday. We had just an event where parents went and saw. 00:27:13
The projects that they had done because not we not only focused on doing the skateboards, we also had other activities we had a 00:27:20
lot of. 00:27:24
Crafts that they did and. 00:27:28
Other things. So now we're going to be sharing the video of. 00:27:30
What it looked like. 00:27:35
Keep in mind all of these are the results of. 00:27:44
13 slide. 00:27:47
So the mentor program is very, very invested on our youth. We want to make a difference. We work every day, We're there with our 00:28:33
mentees. 00:28:37
From 2:45 to 6:00. 00:28:42
Every day. 00:28:44
And we are happy to be in our community. 00:28:46
With all the connections and all those similarities on my. 00:28:50
As I was growing up and I have that connection with our teams. 00:28:54
And to me, it's super important to have that. 00:28:59
And offer that to all of our teams and of course for people to know that we're here. 00:29:03
And to be able to receive anybody that's in need. 00:29:07
At the moment. 00:29:12
Any questions? 00:29:15
So, you know, I don't have a question, but I just like to take a moment to congratulate both of you on your success. 00:29:17
And the program is amazing. And thank you for sharing your success with the youth of Valencia County. It's amazing what you guys 00:29:22
do. So thank you very much. 00:29:26
Commissioners. 00:29:30
This chair, please. 00:29:31
One's a question once a comment. Are you just doing laziness or is it the is it the whole county? 00:29:34
We offer services to the whole county. Our office is in those lines, isn't actually back here on Courthouse Rd. So right next to 00:29:40
SO. I thought it was super convenient because middle schoolers can walk to us, the elementaries can also walk to us, but we 00:29:46
receive anybody from the Valencia county. 00:29:52
And then my comment is, I love the fact that you guys are doing trades. 00:29:59
My business, I didn't go to college. I I was a trades person. 00:30:04
And I'm. 00:30:09
Very into. 00:30:11
The Apprentice programs. 00:30:12
And I would highly recommend. 00:30:14
You guys get in touch with the New Mexico State Apprenticeship programs? 00:30:16
Because. 00:30:19
They have gone. I was on the board for about 12 years. 00:30:21
And. 00:30:25
They have gone just past the normal construction. 00:30:25
Now they have. 00:30:28
When I was there, we did the Barber program. 00:30:30
So they have IT programs now where they have medical billing. They have all kinds of trade jobs. 00:30:33
That they partner with CNN. 00:30:39
And other organizations. 00:30:40
That these kids can actually. 00:30:42
Kind of get an associates degree while they're actually working and and they're getting paid. 00:30:45
What I like about apprentice programs is they're actually getting paid while they're learning where financially they can actually 00:30:50
do it and it's not putting a a strain on them. 00:30:54
Financially. 00:30:59
But the New Mexico State Apprenticeship? 00:31:00
Council is amazing and. 00:31:03
They would love to work with with young youth. 00:31:05
And I would love to see our kids in Valencia County get in the trades program where they can actually make some money. 00:31:08
And and and. 00:31:13
You know, being prosperous. 00:31:14
Thank you. 00:31:16
Commissioners, anything else? 00:31:18
Thank you again for the presentation. We do appreciate. 00:31:21
Thank you. Let me, Yes, thank you. 00:31:24
Hey. 00:31:32
At this time, will we get the couple of public hearing items, item number 7? 00:31:34
Is a zone change. 00:31:38
It's the estate of Gilbert, Sanchez and Ruth, A Sanchez's address being 3 La La Deda Rd. Here in Los Lunas. 00:31:40
If there is anybody that's going to give any testimony on this, I would ask that you stand at this time to be sworn in by a clerk. 00:31:47
If that, Mister Bucker. 00:31:55
Good evening, Chairman, Commissioners. 00:32:02
Before you this evening is a request for a zone change number 2023036. 00:32:04
This is in District 5 PNZ Commissioner Trujillo. 00:32:10
BOC, Oregon. 00:32:14
The estate of Gilbert Sanchez and the Ruth A Sanchez Disclaimer Trust. 00:32:16
Request a zone change from Rural Residential District 2R2 to Community Commercial District 2 for development of a Dollar General 00:32:21
retail store. 00:32:25
Legal description Subdivision lands of Gilbert S Sanchez. 00:32:31
Tracked a section 36. 00:32:35
Township 7 N. 00:32:38
Range 2 E. 00:32:40
1.53 acres. 00:32:42
In. 00:32:44
1014. 00:32:45
Located at 3 La Ladera Rd. Los Lunas, NM 87031. 00:32:47
UPC 1012. 00:32:53
037511 00:32:56
497. 00:32:59
Currently zoned rural residential district 2R2. 00:33:00
And this case was heard by the Planning and Zoning Commission on July 27th. 00:33:04
It was recommended for approval of four to zero. 00:33:08
And there were a few people. 00:33:12
That's withstanding that did have some objections. 00:33:14
Mostly along the lines of traffic concerns as well as potential crime. 00:33:16
I believe there's also a representative for the applicants today here to present. 00:33:20
I don't know if he made it today or not. They said they were going to try to have a representative here today, but I don't know if 00:33:26
he's made it today or not. 00:33:28
And I stand. 00:33:32
OK, they are here and I stand for any questions also. 00:33:33
Any questions, Mr. Baker? 00:33:36
There's there's none, Sir, are you gonna speak on this? 00:33:40
If so, I need you to stand so you could be sworn in by our clerk, please. 00:33:44
Do you swear or affirm that this test? 00:33:56
That the testimony you. 00:33:58
Well, given this case will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth under the penalty of law, so help you God. 00:33:59
Sir, if you'll just state your name and address for the record please. OK, I'm Gerald Pedigo from Murfreesboro, TN. 00:34:06
Along with my business partner Drew Crosby here. 00:34:12
And Billy Baker, who works with us in this area. 00:34:15
We are the developers of the Dollar General Store there. 00:34:19
On the corner of the property and it's our hope to build a store there. 00:34:22
We went through some already designed features to look at it and it'll fit well. 00:34:27
And so we just look forward to answering any questions you might have. 00:34:32
We built some others in the area. 00:34:36
Estancia Rebuilding Quest, Santa Fe. 00:34:39
Mountain Air. 00:34:44
Clovis. 00:34:45
And so we look forward to hopefully bringing this door to the area and. 00:34:46
Make it a convenience for everyone. 00:34:50
Very good. 00:34:53
Any questions, Commissioners? 00:34:54
Please. 00:34:59
We normally don't get into the weeds of what the. 00:35:00
Property is going to be used for. 00:35:03
However being that is. 00:35:05
Seeming like it's going to be a commercial. 00:35:07
Business. 00:35:10
Why isn't there any access from? 00:35:11
The N El Sierra loop. 00:35:15
I don't know that we have a complete drawings on that yet. Civil wise, once it's rezoned we'll be able to see that and that'll 00:35:18
depend a little bit upon. 00:35:22
Engineering department and and their approval regarding that certainly we recognize the the traffic patterns that are there. 00:35:26
We'll take those into account. 00:35:34
We've always had. 00:35:37
Met those needs where there would be state approval or local approval. 00:35:39
And we'll continue to do the same. 00:35:43
We'll have adequate parking there. It'll be lit outside in the parking lot. 00:35:45
We always put up. 00:35:50
Parking lots in that area. 00:35:52
And so we'll be glad to do the same here. 00:35:54
Yeah, I I can. 00:35:57
Probably almost guarantee you if you were to. 00:35:59
Select an entry off of that main road rather than the side Rd. like, well, Ladera. 00:36:01
We'll probably come off the Side Rd. happier, for sure. 00:36:07
That would be the best right there we think. 00:36:11
OK. 00:36:15
Anything else? 00:36:16
Commissioners, anybody else have any questions of the applicant or the representative? 00:36:17
We're good. Thank you very much. We'll be making a decision on this after our executive session. 00:36:24
OK. Second public hearing is also zone change 2020. 00:36:30
I don't believe anybody else was. 00:36:36
Wanting to speak on this particular item, is that correct? 00:36:38
There's nobody. 00:36:42
That either wants to speak in favor or against this. 00:36:44
Thank you. 00:36:49
Ohh OK. 00:36:50
The property to this. 00:36:56
Morning, Commissioners. So to these approximately 250 feet is a C2 zoning. I believe it's currently. 00:37:34
Mobile Home Park and then a little further beyond that is also some storage facilities. 00:37:40
Yes, Sir. So to the West. 00:37:49
We would be looking. 00:37:52
The I believe it used to be called the J&J Country Mart. 00:37:58
We'd be looking. 00:38:05
Give me a second and I'll get a measurement there. 00:38:08
Be looking approximately just over 2000 feet to the West. 00:38:14
There is also a C2 designation approximately 700 feet South as well. 00:38:18
You're welcome. Thank you. 00:38:27
OK. 00:38:30
Again, is there anybody else that wants to speak on this, either for or against it? 00:38:31
OK. 00:38:37
At this time, we'll move on to our second public hearing. This is also a zone change, 2023-037. 00:38:38
Archangels Santiago Alvarez address 10 Archangel St. Los Lunas, NM. 00:38:44
If there's anybody that's going to speak on this? 00:38:50
Whether it be the applicant or wants to give any testimony either in support or against it. 00:38:52
I ask that you please stand at this time so you can be sworn in. 00:38:58
Yes. 00:39:04
Do you swear or affirm that this testimony you will give in this case will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the 00:39:08
truth? 00:39:11
Under the penalty of the law, so help you God. 00:39:14
This rocket. 00:39:20
Chairman, commissioners. 00:39:22
For you this evening is a another request for a zone change. This is number 2023037. 00:39:24
This is in District 2. 00:39:31
Planning and Zoning Commissioner Freeman, Board of County Commissioner Richardson. 00:39:33
Archangels Santiago Olives Request a zone change from rural residential district 1R1. 00:39:38
To Community Commercial District 2. 00:39:44
Excuse me Community Commercial District C2 to operate an electricians business. 00:39:47
The legal description Subdivision Health Cerro Mission ranchettes. 00:39:52
Lot 45 E. 00:39:55
Unit 1, Section 7 Township 6 N Range 3 E. 00:39:57
1.00 acres. 00:40:03
Plat N881 located at 10 Archangel St. Los Lunas, NM 87031. 00:40:06
UPC 1013035. 00:40:15
499498 00:40:19
currently zoned rural residential district 1R1. 00:40:22
This was also heard at the PNC meeting on July the 27th. 00:40:27
And this was recommended for approval. 00:40:31
At 404 to 0 vote. 00:40:34
And there was no opposition at this meeting. 00:40:37
Any questions of Mr. Baca Commissioners? 00:40:41
I believe is the applicant here? Yes, Sir. OK. 00:40:45
Thank you. 00:40:48
Thank you. 00:40:49
The strategist is there. 00:40:50
Would you like to come forward and speak on this? 00:40:52
We'll take, we'll take you guys one at a time unless. 00:40:54
Ohh perfect. 00:40:58
OK. 00:41:00
If if you'll just state your name and address for the record. 00:41:01
Yes, my name is Archangel Santero and I live in Four Rider Court. 00:41:04
OK, and this is your daughter. Yes, she's mother. 00:41:09
And if you'll state your name also for the record, ohh my name is Ashley Santiago and I also live at 4 Writer Court. OK, thank 00:41:12
you. 00:41:15
Go ahead whoever wants to. 00:41:19
OK, I'm over here because I would like you guys to help me with my project and I have a storage over there and then Arcania St. 00:41:22
and basically that's what I wanna needed for for just my for parking all my vehicles, my work vehicles. 00:41:29
And where my guys, my workers, can park the vehicles also when they come to work. 00:41:37
Basically, that's all. 00:41:44
We have in that place. 00:41:46
OK. 00:41:47
Is there anything you wanted to add to that? 00:41:48
Just that we're going to need that. We're going to use that place. 00:41:51
Just like you said, just park all his vehicles. 00:41:55
So. 00:41:58
All these sources. 00:41:59
Like a storage? 00:42:01
Room. 00:42:03
To put all his electrical equipment in there. 00:42:04
Just to make sure everything's safe and nothing gets stolen or anything like that. 00:42:07
And all these cars too. 00:42:11
Very good. 00:42:14
Commissioners, any questions? 00:42:15
OK. Sure. Please. 00:42:18
I. 00:42:21
I mean the electrical business myself. So are you guys going to have security lights and all that stuff? Are you gonna meet the 00:42:22
night skylight if you're going to have? 00:42:26
Yeah, basically right now we have a alarm right now, but we of course we wanna do our lights. 00:42:31
Security lights and everything, yes. 00:42:36
And you know there are. 00:42:40
Ordinances for that. 00:42:41
If it is approved, there's ordinances where you have to keep it inside. You know where it's. 00:42:43
Shields and stuff like that to make sure it doesn't affect other residents. 00:42:47
Yes. 00:42:51
Anything else? 00:42:54
Mr. 00:42:55
OK. 00:42:57
Thank you very much. I believe that we had another couple of people in the back. Did you want to speak also? 00:42:58
OK, very good. Do you live in the area? Are you part of the family or? 00:43:09
Yes, I work with them. OK. If you both will, go ahead and state your name and address. So my name is Steve Diana Martinez and I 00:43:14
actually live in Albuquerque, but I work with the company here in Los Lunas Plug, Desert Sky Electric. OK And ma'am? 00:43:21
Is. 00:43:32
His neighbor. 00:43:34
OK. And did you get a? 00:43:35
You you probably received the certified letter about the zone change. You got a notice. 00:43:37
See. 00:43:43
Well, she didn't have it with her, but she did. But she did receive it, OK. 00:43:44
Very good. If you want to go ahead and speak on her behalf or. 00:43:48
So what I'm thinking is. 00:43:52
She just said that she is in favor of the project that he is building or the business that he is building. 00:43:59
That she thinks it's. 00:44:05
A project that will grow our community. 00:44:06
Is there anything else that you wish to speak, wish to say? 00:44:10
System. 00:44:14
Thank you very much. 00:44:16
Filming over here on this side. 00:44:18
Ohh OK, OK. 00:44:30
Is there anybody that's in opposition, anybody here that? 00:44:33
Wants to speak in opposition or speak for this that was not sworn in yet. 00:44:36
Commissioners. 00:44:43
Chairman Commissioners, so there. 00:45:01
Is a C2 zoned property. 00:45:03
To the northwest of this location, approximately 2000 feet. 00:45:06
There it is. 00:45:15
Also to the Northeast at approximately. 00:45:17
4500 feet. 00:45:23
Northeast. 00:45:24
Very good. 00:45:36
Anything else, Commissioners? 00:45:37
Thank you. And we will be making a decision on this also after our executive session a little bit later in the meeting. 00:45:43
At this time, I'll go ahead and close the public hearing. 00:45:49
A portion of our agenda will move on to our action items. 00:45:51
Item number 9 is approval of indigent report. Commissioners, I need a motion to adjourn his Board of County Commissioners and 00:45:55
reconvene as internship board please. 00:45:58
Moved. 00:46:02
A motion second, any discussion on the motion and second there will be none. Commission Richardson your vote vote vote vote vote 00:46:04
yes, Garcia. Go ahead, Mr. Chairman. 00:46:09
Please could I get Ryan to turn off his share? Thank you. 00:46:14
Thank you. 00:46:22
Thank you, Dan. 00:46:23
Good evening, Mr. Chairman, Commissioners, the following is a summary of activity for the month of September. 00:46:27
21 claims were submitted for individuals of the public in the amount of $15,816.94. 00:46:33
Of which $3491.93. 00:46:42
Is being submitted for consideration. 00:46:46
For claims were submitted for individuals of the detention center. 00:46:49
In the amount of $13,967. 00:46:53
Wage $3491.75 It's being submitted for consideration. 00:46:57
3 appeals. 00:47:03
In the amount of $3828.87. 00:47:05
25 total claims were submitted in the amount of $10,812.55. 00:47:10
The September. 00:47:18
Road Runner Health Services Detention Center Medical Contract payment is $49,543.37. 00:47:20
Total amount for consideration from the indigent fund is $60,355.92. 00:47:29
The Indigent Fund. 00:47:37
As of September 12. 00:47:40
It's $1,850,328.94. 00:47:42
And with that, I recommend approval. 00:47:48
Item Very good. Any questions, Miss Garcia? 00:47:50
There be none as a recommendation. 00:47:55
There are like. 00:47:58
Second the motion and 2nd. Any discussion on the motion the 2nd. 00:47:59
Would be none, Miss Richard. Vote yes, Vote yes. Your spark when you vote yes on your vote I vote yes is approved. Thank you very 00:48:03
much. 00:48:06
OK, commissioners, thank you. Motion now to reconvene as Board of County Commissioners, so moved second. 00:48:11
Any discussion on the motion of the 2nd? 00:48:16
Miss Richter, vote yes. Vote yes. Mr. Sparked, in your vote yes On your vote yes I vote yes. 00:48:18
OK, item number 10. 00:48:36
Approval of recognition and recording of accounts payable and payroll disbursements, Miss Trujillo. 00:48:39
Good afternoon, Mr. Chairman, Commissioners. 00:48:46
I have one Accounts Payable and three Payroll. 00:48:51
Authorization for your consideration. 00:48:55
The Accounts Payable authorization is for the period July 1st through July 31st, 2023. 00:48:58
In the amount of $1,284,069.76. 00:49:05
And I don't see anything unusual that I I would like to point out to you all, but I do stand for any questions on this item. 00:49:12
Any questions, Mr. Hill? 00:49:22
There be none as a recommendation. 00:49:26
I'd like to make a motion to approve as presented. 00:49:29
You think she was going to say something? Ohh. I'm so sorry to interrupt you. Thank you. I know. Let me continue with the payroll. 00:49:33
I'm so sorry. I'm sorry. That's OK. I apologize. It's my fault. I usually stand for questions after I present them all. I I don't 00:49:40
think I apologize. OK. The payroll authorizations, the first ones for wages paid on July 14th, 2023 in the amount of. 00:49:47
$742,705.06. 00:49:54
The second one is for wages paid on July 28th, 2023. 00:50:00
In the amount of $749,528.80. 00:50:05
And the third one. 00:50:11
Yes, there's four of them. The the the third one is for wages paid and August 11. 00:50:15
2023. 00:50:20
In the amount of 800 and. 00:50:22
5000. 00:50:24
$454.90. 00:50:25
And the 4th one is for wages paid on August 25th 2023 in the amount of $745,336.58. 00:50:29
Since and now the reason the second one, the third one, August 11th is higher, quite a bit higher than the rest of them is because 00:50:41
there was some back pay that we had to do based on a union. 00:50:46
Ohh contract. So it created a little bit of a higher payroll. 00:50:52
And I stand for any further questions on any of my items. 00:50:57
OK. Any questions, Mr. Hill? 00:51:01
And your your recommendation is proof. 00:51:03
I recommend approval of this item. 00:51:06
OK. Any other questions, Mr. Hill? 00:51:10
OK, there being none, we'll take your recommendation at this time. 00:51:13
Now I will make a motion to approve and presented. OK, thank you. Got a motion to 2nd. Any discussion on the motion to 2nd? 00:51:18
There be none prescription to vote yes. You Brazilian vote yes. Mr. Sparked in your vote yes for sure Again your vote I vote yes. 00:51:26
They are approved. Thank you. 00:51:29
OK, item number 11. 00:51:34
Approval of a resolution State bars Miss Trujillo. 00:51:36
Mr. Chairman, Commissioners, I have a set of state bars for your consideration. 00:51:40
As we know, the state bars do affect our cash balances, so they do require both your your approval and Department of Finance 00:51:45
approval. The only. 00:51:50
Thing that I'd like to point out to you is there's a transfer out in the amount of 100 and $100,000 from the general fund that was 00:51:56
budgeted and this was. 00:52:01
For a Libera Rd. however, this transfer was made last fiscal year, so it doesn't need to be made this year, so I'm reversing that 00:52:07
entry. 00:52:12
Other than that, it's standard operating budget adjustments and I stand for any questions you may have. 00:52:18
Any questions, Miss Trujillo? 00:52:26
They're being done as a recommendation. 00:52:30
Mr. Chair, yes, I'd like to make a motion to approve as presented. 00:52:31
Second, have a motion. Second, thank you. Any discussion the motion in a second. 00:52:35
There be none. Commissioner Richard, your vote, your vote yes. Mr. Sparkman, your vote, your vote yes, vote yes is approved. Thank 00:52:40
you. 00:52:44
Mr. Chairman, Commissioners, this resolution is 2023 Dash 71. 00:52:48
OK, Item number 12, Approval of a resolution, Local bars, Mr. Hill. 00:53:42
Mr. Chairman, Commissioners, as you know, the local buyers require your approval. They do not need to go to a Department of 00:53:46
Finance, because they don't. 00:53:51
Affect our cash balances. 00:53:55
They're just moving from one line item to another within the same fund we have. 00:53:57
Three local bars to present to you, and. 00:54:02
These are just changes that are required us simply because for instance one of them the multi line insurance came in a lot higher 00:54:05
than expected. So we need to move money into that line item. 00:54:11
Other than that, I stand for any questions you may have on this item. 00:54:17
Any questions, Mr. Hill? 00:54:22
There be none as a recommendation. 00:54:27
Sure, I'd like to make a motion to approve as presented. 00:54:30
Second, have a motion second for approval. Any discussion on the motion of the 2nd. 00:54:33
The beginning Commissioner Richard, you vote. 00:54:39
Mr. Sparked in your vote yes. Mr. Error on your vote yes Vote yes. You're approved. 00:54:42
Mr. Chairman and Commissioners Resolution is 2023 Dash 72. 00:54:46
Thank you all. I appreciate it. Thank you. 00:54:52
Sorry, cut you short there. 00:54:55
And there you go. 00:55:01
OK, Item number 13. Direction to staff to publish the title and general summary of an ordinance codifying the New Mexico Enabling 00:55:13
Act. 00:55:17
Mr. Peter. 00:55:21
Mr. Chairman, thank you. Before you was a draft ordinance codifying the New Mexico Enabling Act. I'll provide just a brief 00:55:25
background. 00:55:28
On Friday, September 8th, 2023, Governor Lujan Grisham executed an executive order declaring gun violence to be a public health 00:55:33
emergency. 00:55:37
In accordance with the order, the Department of Health issued a public health order suspending the opening concealed carry laws in 00:55:42
Bernalillo County. 00:55:45
Temporarily prohibiting the carrying of guns on public property. 00:55:48
Requiring that the transporting of firearms be conducted in a locked box by using a trigger lock or by utilizing some other 00:55:52
mechanism. 00:55:55
That renders the gun incapable of being fired. 00:55:58
Among other things, the public health order further directed the regulation of licensing division. 00:56:01
Conduct monthly inspections of licensed firearms dealers to ensure compliance with all sales and storage laws. 00:56:05
On Wednesday of last week, the Federal District Court for the District of New Mexico and joined enforcement of portions of the 00:56:11
public health order. 00:56:14
Among other things, the Court found a likelihood of success on the merits of the action against the Governor given the United 00:56:18
States Supreme Court's recent recognition that the 2nd and 14th Amendments. 00:56:23
Protect an individual right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home and New York State Rifle and Pistol Association 00:56:27
versus Bruin. 00:56:31
There was no exception to the constitutional rights recognized by our Supreme Court and brewing for residents of Bernalillo 00:56:35
County. 00:56:37
Accordingly, the Court issued a TRO to enjoin the provisions of the order that imposed additional restrictions on the carrying or 00:56:40
possession of firearms that were not already in place prior to its issuance, and the Court has set a hearing on the preliminary 00:56:45
injunction on October 3rd of this year. 00:56:50
The board is here, presented with a draft. 00:56:56
Draft Ordinance codified in Mexico Enabling Act. 00:57:00
And it's here, considering whether it's direct the publication of the title and subject matter of that ordinance. 00:57:03
The ordinance makes plain that the County will not recognize nor enforce any law, mandate, or order issued by the Governor of the 00:57:08
state of New Mexico that is contrary to the Constitution of the United States or the laws and Constitution of the state of New 00:57:12
Mexico. 00:57:16
Mr. S Any questions, Mr. Peter? 00:57:21
There's there's none. 00:57:28
Any discussion on this? 00:57:30
If not, is there a recommendation? 00:57:33
Second, have a motion and 2nd for approval any discussion on the motion and 2nd. 00:57:38
Being being non fish, Richard, your vote. 00:57:43
Yes. Mr. Buzzell, your vote. Yes. Mr. Sparkman, your vote. Yes. 00:57:46
Make sure on your vote, I Vote yes is approved to move forward with it. 00:57:49
Thank you, Mr. 00:57:58
Thank you. 00:57:59
Item number 14 Approval of a resolution nominating Mr. Donald Chavez to the Hall of Fame of the National Museum of the American 00:58:02
Latino. 00:58:06
In the Hall of Fame of the National Hispanic Cultural Center. 00:58:11
This. 00:58:14
Came to me. 00:58:16
Via e-mail. 00:58:18
And I'd like to thank our attorneys for for working on this, Mr. *****. 00:58:20
It could go ahead and read. 00:58:26
Good. Like, I'll go ahead and read it. It's a little bit lengthy, but. 00:58:29
I'll read the the four areas that pertain to what we're doing. 00:58:32
Whereas Congress enacted legislation in 2020 to establish an American Latino museum in Washington, DC, and whereas. 00:58:35
The Smithsonian is building the National Museum of American Latino to recognize the accomplishments, history and culture of the 00:58:42
Latino communities. 00:58:45
And whereas the National Hispanic Cultural Center. 00:58:49
Located in the historic Briles Community in Albuquerque, NM. 00:58:52
Is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture arts. 00:58:56
And humanities. 00:59:01
And whereas it's Octember the United States. 00:59:02
Celebrates Hispanic heritage bunch. 00:59:05
Month to celebrate the heritage and culture of Latinos. 00:59:07
In the United States. 00:59:11
And the immense contributions of Latinos to the United States and whereas. 00:59:12
Mr. Donald Chavez, a native New Mexican. 00:59:17
A career social worker in New Mexico. 00:59:19
And 14th generation sheep rancher. 00:59:22
Descended Notera notoriety in the 1980s. 00:59:24
When following his divorce, he was denied joint custody of his two daughters due to the tender years doctrine. 00:59:28
Which favored mothers and whereas over the course of 35 trial proceedings, report trips to New Mexico Supreme Court. 00:59:36
Mr. Chavis is finally awarded joint custody, however, in order to do so. 00:59:43
He organized community based debts against discrimination. 00:59:47
Convened thousands of parents of divorce eventually. 00:59:51
Pushing the New Mexico State legislature to establish a. 00:59:55
Resumption of joint custody and child custody matters in May 1986. 00:59:58
And whereas Mr. Chavez was appointed to the Mexico Commission on. 01:00:04
Childhood custody and support by Governor Anaya. 01:00:07
Or he's able to further protect children's. 01:00:11
Access to both parents. In 1990, he was appointed to the US Interstate Child Support Commission. 01:00:13
By President HW Bush to represent father's nationwide. 01:00:18
In the same year he was elected to, he was elected as President of the National Congress for Men in Washington, DC. 01:00:23
And whereas the United States Congress awarded Mr. Chavez with Congressional commendation for his work on preserving the nuclear 01:00:29
family in 1987. 01:00:33
And whereas Mr. Chavez is also a historian and champion of Latino history, for years he had a history column in the. 01:00:38
Is local newspaper. 01:00:45
Has been a cowboy history contributor. 01:00:47
In The History Channel and maintains. 01:00:49
An online book on the true history of Cowboys. 01:00:52
In 1980, he successfully rescued the DNA trace. 01:00:55
Black sheep of of the 1514 of 1540 Francisco Vasquez. 01:00:59
The Coronado Ilhan. 01:01:04
Almost defunct New Mexico Bell Sheep Heritage sheet New Mexico doll heritage sheep from extinction. 01:01:05
And now? 01:01:12
There be resolved that the Board of County Commissioners, Valencia County is hereby nominated Donald Chavez. 01:01:13
To the National Museum of American Latino Hall of Fame. 01:01:18
And the National Hispanic Cultural Center Hall of Fame. 01:01:22
And this is before this Commission for consideration. 01:01:25
And if there's. 01:01:30
Any comments on this? I would definitely accept them at this time. 01:01:32
Mr. Chair, please. It's not a comment. It's just if we get the clerk to fix this. 01:01:36
Spelling of his name. I just want to make sure that. 01:01:40
We honor his name. 01:01:43
When we do this, we just want to make sure it's. 01:01:44
Any other? 01:01:54
Questions. Comments on this? 01:01:55
There being none. Zero recommendation. 01:01:57
Sure, I'd like to make a motion to approve second, have a motion and 2nd for approval. Any discussion on the motion the 2nd. 01:01:59
They've been information rich in your vote yes, Mr. Brazil, your vote yes, Commissioner, spark in your vote yes shirt on your vote 01:02:06
yes, I vote yes is approved. 01:02:10
Mr. Chairman, Commissioners, this resolution is 2023 Dash 73. 01:02:14
Thank you. 01:02:19
OK, item number 15, Approval of a resolution to provide for retention pay for certain law enforcement deputies. 01:02:52
Mr. Noah. 01:02:58
Chairman, Commissioners, thank you guys for your time tonight. 01:03:00
I I know I normally get in front of you guys and rattle off real quick. What's going on? 01:03:03
But before I talk about this resolution, I myself and Sergeant Langkowski, we kind of talk about, want to talk about why we're 01:03:07
asking for this. 01:03:10
I'm sure you're all aware of law enforcement across the country once the county and New Mexico are having problems recruiting and 01:03:15
keeping people. 01:03:18
So recruitment and retention are a big issue I deal with every day. Right now, the Sheriff's Office is currently down 9 deputy 01:03:22
positions. 01:03:26
Umm. 01:03:31
Working with you guys in the County Manager, we we've come to some agreements on some recruitment issues to try and hire people. 01:03:32
We've got them coming in. Currently we have 5 people that are in the Law Enforcement Academy right now as we speak. 01:03:38
We've got three others on board. They're getting ready to go to the next Academy. We're hoping to fill some more slots with that. 01:03:45
We do seem to have an increase in non certified people applying for jobs here. The last month or two it's been an increase. 01:03:51
So that's kind of helped us out, but it's also coming to a cost to us. 01:03:59
We've had one deputies been stopped for DWI. 01:04:03
We've had one for lying, We've had issues with speeding and crashing of vehicles. 01:04:06
So hiring these people that are. 01:04:11
Maybe not what we would typically want to hire, but it's what we're dealing with. 01:04:14
It's the pool we have we're we're having a hard time getting. 01:04:18
Really good qualified people. That is not going to. 01:04:22
You know, questions of vehicle raises, our insurance, you know, use of force issues, all these issues come along with that and we 01:04:25
we don't want those issues. 01:04:30
So we're trying to work through that. 01:04:35
We've also had a couple of the people that we've hired and they go through the Academy and they come out in the street and they 01:04:37
decide I don't want to be a cop anymore. 01:04:41
So it's really hard to get these. 01:04:44
We're also working with IT and the county manager on updating our the county's website. I'm sure you're all aware of this 01:04:47
generation if you can't find it on a cell phone. 01:04:51
They're not interested in it. So we're trying to get that improved to to further outreach with that. 01:04:55
So right now for recruitment, we're trying to. 01:05:01
The Kings go and see how they can play out in the long run for a little bit. 01:05:04
Retention is where we're on now. 01:05:08
Uh. 01:05:10
We work with you. We just recently this year got a stipend check with some grant money from the governor's office. We were able to 01:05:12
give that to the guys to help them out. 01:05:16
And one of the things I come across in tone to talk to you guys is. 01:05:22
Why is retention important in law enforcement? And this is a statement according to the International chiefs of police. 01:05:25
The quality of law enforcement service delivery is directly linked to the quality of personnel they recruit, hire and retain. 01:05:32
Failing to recruit and retain personnel that fit the agency will have a direct impact on the organization's ability to serve the 01:05:39
community. 01:05:43
I think this is a very true statement. 01:05:47
We want people that work here in Valencia County and work well and get along with the community and make this a better place for 01:05:50
all of us and that's what we want. 01:05:54
We have some really good deputies. They work really hard. They want to be here. 01:05:58
I'm gonna talk about some issues with some of them, but they think really hard when they come in time to leave. Sometimes it's a 01:06:03
really hard decision for them because they like being here. 01:06:07
It's just some of the issues we confront with dealing with pay makes it hard for them. 01:06:11
Currently our field service personnel, which is the uniform people you see out there on the street every day responding to calls 01:06:19
for service. 01:06:22
Right now they have an average of 2.4 years. 01:06:26
With Valencia accounting. 01:06:29
And 3.1 years as a certified law enforcement officer. 01:06:31
So our guys out there answering calls. 01:06:36
Are very young. 01:06:38
And they don't have a lot of seniority to go back and and help them and guide them through things. 01:06:40
When there's a shooting or use of force incident when when deputies are involved in shootings, it most always comes from these 01:06:45
guys out on the field. 01:06:48
And they're young and immature and we don't have a lot of. 01:06:52
Leadership and they see leadership and experience out there to help them. 01:06:56
Valencia County. 01:07:03
Is not competing with State police Albuquerque, Bernalillo County on pay and compensation? 01:07:04
We all know that. We all know the issues, problems with that. 01:07:10
But their problems are our problems. 01:07:14
Their big crimes are our big crimes. We have those issues here. And Sergeant, when Cassie's gonna hit on that real quick when he 01:07:16
talks. 01:07:20
In the recently, the Sheriff's Office has lost several deputies and sergeants that have 5 to 10 years experience. 01:07:26
And that's not just a loss of personnel, that's a loss of an investment for the Sheriff's Office. We've spent money training these 01:07:33
people, sending them the classes, teaching them. 01:07:37
And. 01:07:42
For a lot of these people, they've made a very good contribution to the to Valencia County, to the Sheriff's Office and to the 01:07:43
community. 01:07:46
Some of these people that have left. 01:07:52
Are doing really well with their career. They are running. 01:07:55
Criminal investigations for state police. They are running officer and officer involved shooting investigations across the state. 01:07:58
They are running recruitment programs for state police. 01:08:06
So we have very good people that are going other places that we can't keep here. 01:08:09
And. 01:08:14
My job is to try and keep these people here. 01:08:15
In 2023 year to date, the Sheriff's Office has lost fourteen deputies and sergeants. 01:08:20
This year alone. 01:08:26
A typical 12 hour shift of our field consists of four deputies and a Sergeant. 01:08:27
So we've lost an entire field of experience. 01:08:32
More than that. 01:08:36
One of the things that I've seen. 01:08:38
And talking with other agencies. 01:08:40
Is a longer we keep an employee here, a deputy here, a law enforcement officer. They become tenured and they become vetted in this 01:08:42
community and becomes harder for them to leave. 01:08:47
So I want to try and keep these people here and keep them here longer. 01:08:52
And with that, I'll let that Sergeant Mccaskey talk for a bit. 01:08:56
Thank you. 01:09:01
Chairman, Commissioners, thank you for your time. And so my name is Ben Lenkowski and I'm the Sergeant for the Criminal 01:09:04
Investigations Division with the Valencia County Sheriff's Office. I'm also the president of the Valencia County Deputies 01:09:07
Association. 01:09:11
First, I would like to to say that I greatly appreciate. 01:09:16
The relationship that we, the deputies association have. 01:09:19
With the County Executive Management, Mr. Monette, Mr. Montoya. 01:09:23
Trujillo obviously with our sheriff, our under sheriff. 01:09:30
And of course with this board. 01:09:33
Over the past two years. 01:09:35
We have worked together through our negotiations. 01:09:37
To attempt to curb the attrition within our ranks and maintain a well trained experience roster of deputies. 01:09:39
That we've seen adjustments in pay and incentive programs that have come into place. 01:09:45
And still we are experiencing the losses as we're just explained. 01:09:49
Valencia County Sheriff's Office as was said, is is very young. 01:09:55
Speaking from boots on the ground perspective and how does that affect those of us that are wearing the badge here in Valencia 01:10:00
County? 01:10:03
In one area we have a shortage of field training officers. When an individual goes to the Academy, such as the five that we have 01:10:09
there now and the minimum of three that we have, hopefully more that we'll be going to the next Academy rotation that starts in 01:10:14
the beginning of 2024. 01:10:19
When they're done there. 01:10:24
There's then three months of field training. 01:10:26
And then months after that, sometimes years where guidance becomes is still important. 01:10:30
I have over 8 years as a certified law enforcement officer and I still run into situations for which I seek guidance from those 01:10:36
with more experience. 01:10:40
We need mentors for our young deputies. Those with 123, even four years of experience, are still in need of that guidance. 01:10:46
And we don't have it in the field right now. We don't have it in most of our divisions. 01:10:55
The mentoring also leads to satisfaction and a feeling of leadership. 01:11:01
Within the department. 01:11:05
The sheriff, the under sheriff, our lieutenants can't be out on calls for service providing that immediate leadership on those 01:11:07
calls for service. 01:11:11
It is the senior deputies. 01:11:15
That this leadership comes from. 01:11:17
From the sergeants that are there that we're losing to other departments. 01:11:19
You know, where are those individuals now? 01:11:24
You know, a PD, New Mexico State Police, the Attorney General's Office. 01:11:26
They're not here providing that leadership. 01:11:30
The senior deputies is also where the culture of the department comes from. 01:11:34
They're the ones that provide the example on how the Valencia County Sheriff's Office does the job that we're tasked with doing, 01:11:38
how we provide the services that the good citizens of Valencia County expect and deserve. 01:11:43
Then there's the liability not just to the department, but also for the deputies. 01:11:50
The overworking of our staff, the many hours above and beyond that our deputies work. 01:11:55
In order to provide the basic level of response that should be expected. 01:12:00
Pending calls. Priority calls that have to wait due to a lack of manpower. 01:12:06
Short staffed squads and divisions leads to a lower quality of work product, not for lack of effort or ability. 01:12:11
But a lack of resources. 01:12:17
Specifically to that. 01:12:20
Release Recently, the Valencia County Sheriff's Office was the only law enforcement agency in Valencia County invited to 01:12:22
participate in the FBI's Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Task Force. 01:12:27
Specifically in regards to the Bandidos in reaction to the incident that occurred in Run River. 01:12:32
3 targets were selected in Valencia County as validated members of the of the Banditos that needed the attention of law 01:12:38
enforcement. 01:12:41
One of those three locations was tasked to the Valencia County Sheriff's Office to deal with that morning, August 31st at 5:00 AM. 01:12:46
I led the team that took that house and it took half of our sworn personnel in order to do it safely. 01:12:54
Most of them on overtime. 01:13:00
To be there to conduct that operation. 01:13:02
So with that. 01:13:06
Today I am here along with the undersheriff. 01:13:09
To ask you for your continued support and partnership. 01:13:12
Thank you. 01:13:15
Thank you. 01:13:16
Chairman, Commissioner, basically what I really want you to understand is. 01:13:20
We realize we're a small agency. We we don't have a lot and we're out. Seems like I'm always in front of you asking you for stuff. 01:13:24
But the things we deal with are the problems that big agencies have. We're dealing with those and we need experienced people to 01:13:32
deal with those. 01:13:35
Umm. 01:13:39
I think the community deserves it. 01:13:40
So going to my resolution. 01:13:44
And talk about that. 01:13:45
This resolution provides A stipend pay to certifying law enforcement officers that have been with the Sheriff's Office for a 01:13:48
predetermined set of time. 01:13:53
I broke it down into 3 categories more than two years. 01:13:58
More than five years and more than 10 years. 01:14:02
Each quarter, the deputies that work that full quarter would receive a check of 1025 hundred or 5000, depending on which category 01:14:06
they fell in. 01:14:10
They would receive a one time stipend. This would be not part of their. 01:14:15
Pay for para purposes, stuff like that. 01:14:20
And there would be an added bonus to the employee, to the deputies, to help them out. 01:14:23
This program that I'm offering is also would start October 1st of this year. 01:14:29
And end December the 26th. 01:14:35
20 December 2026, sorry. 01:14:38
So it's a three-year program to help keep people and help. 01:14:41
Deputies understand and also to help with recruitment. 01:14:45
The Valencia county is willing to do things to help you out in the long run. What happens after December, that will be an issue to 01:14:49
come up and bring up to you guys and have discussions again, but this is a three-year program to go over. 01:14:55
To pay for this funding. 01:15:02
The last year, the Sheriff's Office received a grant from the Governor's office. I talked about that earlier, that stipend pay. 01:15:04
That was a three-year program. 01:15:08
The first year we got 300,000, this year we got 150,000. I I'm proposing and working with Loretta to to use that money. 01:15:13
To pay for majority of this stipend this first year. 01:15:23
I think given the fact that we're going to miss out on 1/4. 01:15:27
And the fact that the fourth quarter will? 01:15:31
Have to be paid out of county salary that other than that this fiscal year this grant will take care of everything on it. 01:15:34
The second year on the grant, we're only getting 75,000. 01:15:43
Which will not cover all of it. There will be a portion for the county to take up. 01:15:47
Along with the third year not been any funding identified to deal with that. 01:15:51
And those that 150 and 75 has already been given to the Sheriff's Office and just how we expend it. 01:15:57
It's already been done. 01:16:04
The governor's office did open a new grant for this year. We did apply it for it for six positions. 01:16:06
The money. 01:16:12
Would not be allowed to be used for this expense under that grant. 01:16:13
But the way the. 01:16:18
The way DFA explained it is, it can supplement S supplant salaries. 01:16:21
So we could convert the salaries from that into other things, IE paying for a program like this if. 01:16:27
If we're awarded that and if it comes down to it, that's a I'm working on, you can't say that's a promise. 01:16:33
Again, this is just for retention of current personnel. 01:16:41
It's a three-year program. 01:16:46
And I would ask for your approval and if you have any questions. 01:16:49
OK, Commissioners, any questions of? 01:16:54
You're sure You know? Sure. Please so. 01:16:57
Have you figured in the the nine positions? 01:17:01
That you're down. 01:17:04
Into your calculations. 01:17:05
Umm. 01:17:07
Into the third years. The first two years it would not apply because it's a. 01:17:08
But in the third year, yes. 01:17:14
Mr. Please. 01:17:19
I'm sure. 01:17:22
How? 01:17:24
How successful do you think this program will be in retaining officers? Yeah, I mean, is this A, is this a? 01:17:26
Good incentive. 01:17:32
I think it's a good one. 01:17:34
I'm going to see you and say I came with this all by myself. I talked to our employees. 01:17:37
What you know, I have a list at one point it's like page and a half long of. 01:17:43
What can the Sheriff's Office do or what can we benefits or process? Can we bring on board? This, the one that seemed to fit the 01:17:48
most traction with the employees? 01:17:52
I think it's a very good one. 01:17:56
It offers them. 01:17:58
I've seen a lot of positive talk about it. I'll put it that way. I don't know if. 01:18:00
I can add a little bit to that. 01:18:05
Umm. 01:18:07
In in speaking with the with the the deputies, specifically the bargaining unit members. 01:18:08
You know, there's there's two reasons why, for the most part. 01:18:13
People choose to move on. Money is obviously one of them and the other. 01:18:18
IS is leadership and it's not. 01:18:23
You know, it's not the admin leadership, it's the leadership in the moment, out in the field. 01:18:26
And that gets built through seniority and it gets built through retention. 01:18:32
And so in order to keep the individuals that we have now and we have some stellar young people in our department. 01:18:36
And we need to keep them because I see in several of the young, you know. 01:18:44
1-2 and three-year deputies that we have. 01:18:51
You know future leaders of our Field Services division and others. 01:18:54
And we simply need to keep them here and get them into those positions and providing that leadership. 01:18:58
Because. 01:19:05
Time and time again we will see where people don't. 01:19:06
Choose. You know we bid for shifts every six months, whether that's, you know, one side of the week or the other graveyard day 01:19:10
shift. 01:19:13
Whatever it is. 01:19:16
The majority of people do not bid. 01:19:18
Based on days off, they don't bid for day shift, night shift. 01:19:20
They bid to their sergeants. 01:19:24
Plain and simple. 01:19:27
Please, this is just more of a comment. 01:19:33
So. 01:19:36
At the last Valero meeting that we had in in real communities. 01:19:37
You know this subject came up, you know? 01:19:42
Rural communities trying to get officers as soon as just did a pay study. 01:19:44
Deal where their officers are gonna get more, more money. 01:19:48
So I I really do see. 01:19:51
The officers. 01:19:54
The money is is a big deal and. 01:19:55
Seems like. 01:19:57
We take officers from. 01:19:59
Socorro. 01:20:01
APD takes officers from US, State Police takes, you know, it's just it's kind of like a revolving door and it's all in. 01:20:03
From what I saw, it's a lot about money. So I mean. 01:20:08
The only way we're going to compete with them not stealing our officers is to try to. 01:20:12
To keep them. 01:20:16
Happy and. 01:20:18
And. 01:20:19
Public safety is is a big deal for all of us. I know that, so. 01:20:21
No. 01:20:24
Kind of stinks that we. 01:20:25
After. 01:20:26
Dig deep into our pockets, but I think it's something that's got to be done. 01:20:27
Chairman, Commissioners, I think one of my. 01:20:31
Points to this one is. 01:20:35
You know, whenever we talk about pay raises and all that, if so, the long term, long term effect, long term effect. 01:20:37
This is a three-year program and ends in three roughly 3 years. 01:20:42
It doesn't keep going after that unless somebody stands up here in front of you, makes a presentation and says. 01:20:46
We want to do something like this or similar, but this does have an end date on it. 01:20:51
Any other questions? 01:20:59
Mr. Chair, please. 01:21:01
Like to hear from Danny? I know. 01:21:02
Over American program we're supplementing. 01:21:06
Nearly 100% now. 01:21:09
Quite a bit more than. 01:21:12
My first start in 2013. 01:21:14
Like every, every department, every. 01:21:17
Umm. 01:21:20
Program that we offer is just you know more and more becoming a a financial. 01:21:22
Crunch on us and I want to see what that year three is going to do to you. 01:21:28
Our bottom line because I know. 01:21:33
It's gonna be a big one. 01:21:37
I have visited with the under sheriff and the sheriff quite a bit regarding this. 01:21:39
We spent multiple meetings together discussing this and. 01:21:44
I'm a very conservative person. 01:21:50
And I hate to spend money. 01:21:52
I think we have a great opportunity here based on the money. 01:21:53
The way the state set this money up. 01:21:58
I think in three years it may be a difficult situation, but the people that are signing up for it now are current employees and 01:22:01
they know it's going to end in three years. 01:22:05
So it's something to try and keep and build the department on the next three years. 01:22:10
With that being said, I'm in favor of it now because. 01:22:13
We we have a, what I would call a grant from the state to help fund this for those three years. 01:22:17
And I would say it's saying cover anywhere from 85 to 90% of it. 01:22:22
We're going to dig into our pockets a little bit as. 01:22:25
Commissioner Brazil alluded to. 01:22:28
We'll have some salary savings. They'll help not knock some of that off, but. 01:22:30
Watching the bleeding over there, I. 01:22:34
We all know how hard it is to hire somebody and train them and how much we invest in them and then for them to walk out the door. 01:22:37
And have some contingency in the department is. 01:22:43
Is vital and. 01:22:47
It it, it's just going to get worse if we don't do something I hate. Like I said, I hate to spend the money, but I think now is an 01:22:50
opportune time and the people signing that it, they'll know that it's only for three years, but. 01:22:55
Three years. It's gonna be difficult figured out, but. 01:23:02
I agree. I think you know, we've done so many things in the past such as. 01:23:05
100% healthcare to offset some of these. 01:23:10
Not necessarily cost, but keeping recruiting folks and keeping them because. 01:23:17
Many of the other agencies or county, municipality and stuff don't answer. 01:23:21
Offer that. So that was something we did. 01:23:26
Way back when. 01:23:29
Now it's it's just continually coming up, so I would like to. 01:23:30
Although we may do this. 01:23:33
Think about how to do this yearly. 01:23:35
Rather than, you know. 01:23:38
Having such a large. 01:23:39
Monetary amount come up to us and us have to, you know consider it right now and right. 01:23:41
Right then so. 01:23:47
Was thinking the mid interim while we're. 01:23:49
Going through this. 01:23:52
Stable process on how to? 01:23:54
Maybe lighten the blow. 01:23:56
Going after this. 01:23:58
Three years. 01:23:59
And then also I want to know what the Valencia County Sheriff's Office is. 01:24:01
Doing as far as the recruitment and retention at the state level. 01:24:06
During the legislature as well as the New Mexico return to work. 01:24:11
He's that is continually. 01:24:15
You know. 01:24:17
Getting good headway within failing at the very last second, so I heard. 01:24:18
Are we? 01:24:22
Part of the sheriff's. 01:24:24
Affiliates and and really figuring out on how to talk with those. 01:24:26
Unions and stuff like that to find out how we can make this a possibility because I mean continually throwing money at it's just 01:24:35
going to hurt the entire state. 01:24:39
Chairman, Commissioner, the. 01:24:44
What We are involved with the sheriff's affiliate. 01:24:46
Of. 01:24:49
On on a regular race, very regular basis, the I know the sheriff talks to them all the time we communicate. 01:24:50
So that is an issue that's come up before. 01:24:57
Recently. 01:25:00
As I talked about that funding that's available now to help out, that was opened up again this year. We had applied for six 01:25:01
positions on that. 01:25:05
We have not heard back from that. If we get that, it's the same as this other one. It's a three-year program. 01:25:10
Ohh, that would definitely. 01:25:16
Pay the second year. In a portion of the third year it would take up and. 01:25:19
I'm gonna look for money. 01:25:23
In a lot of my time looking trying to find that. 01:25:26
But we seem to have more luck. 01:25:30
Talking to the governors. 01:25:32
What is the law enforcement liaison? Public Safety? 01:25:36
We we spend some time talking to him. We have a cell phone number and he's been really good about what do we want and stuff like 01:25:40
that. I think there's a disconnect between what the governor's office is putting out and what DFA is saying you can spend the 01:25:44
money on. 01:25:49
I think there's a little bit of a disconnect on that, but there is some money flowing down. 01:25:54
A lot of it has not hit the books yet and it hasn't come out of what they're doing, but we are definitely on the list for that to 01:25:58
get all that stuff and we're working through that. 01:26:03
Head Amius is involved with this to make sure we get our reporting done and all that. 01:26:08
On the grant side, we we are working that side. The governor's office, I believe there was. 01:26:12
65,000,000 allotted in this last session. 01:26:19
And that's what part of this money is going to. 01:26:23
They're supposed to be some also some other funding opportunities that have they have not put out yet. 01:26:25
So there is stuff and we are working on that, trying to get that, yes. 01:26:31
Yeah, I think we're at a. 01:26:36
Super advantage here. 01:26:38
In Valencia County, you know topping around the state with with our grants department, so. 01:26:41
Any opportunity we can to to offset this would be most helpful and. 01:26:46
And I. 01:26:51
Encourage us to continue to do that. 01:26:52
You know ahead of me is and his team looks for grants all the time of year. 01:26:55
Very knowledgeable about grants, so I I thank you for bringing. 01:26:58
Something that we can. 01:27:03
Pass through. 01:27:06
It's just sticker shock at that third year, you know, So it's a little. 01:27:07
Chairman, Commissioner, I understand that and I believe me, if I find a grand opportunity where I can spend some more money, I 01:27:10
will be up here. I've had a mess up here getting approved, you guys. 01:27:15
Commissioners, anything else? 01:27:22
There's there's no other questions. Is a recommendation. 01:27:27
Mr. Traill make a motion to approve. 01:27:30
Second motion and 2nd for approval. Any discussion on the motion of the 2nd? 01:27:32
They've been commissioned. You vote yes, Commissioner. Puzzle. You vote yes, Mr. Sparkman, your vote yes, vote yes. I vote yes and 01:27:37
I think that we. 01:27:41
For as long as I can remember when even when our sheriff was. 01:27:46
Law enforcement with the village, as soon as I think we've been dealing with this type of a situation. 01:27:50
And I don't know that it's going to go anywhere, go away anytime soon. I wish it would. I wish we could figure out a way to. 01:27:55
Work together as a state to try and. 01:28:01
Address this law enforcement pay and the the retention issue mainly in the recruitment. 01:28:06
I just don't know what it is, but I don't know what the answer is. I agree with the Commissioner Argon, but on the flip side of 01:28:12
that, I think we have three years now to to at least plan for this. 01:28:16
For this expense and hopefully we'll be able to find some grant money or another way to. 01:28:22
To help them this, I mean we can't. 01:28:27
Ohh, we can't do. 01:28:29
We can't sit here and not do anything so. 01:28:31
And that's I'm not saying that we are, but I that's just my personal opinion and. 01:28:33
Again, I thank you guys for everything and. 01:28:37
Let's hope that this. 01:28:40
Gives you a little bit of a. 01:28:42
But. 01:28:44
Head Start on on on this, on the retention, you know over and above where we're at now. 01:28:46
Chairman, Commissioners, thank you very much. 01:28:51
I'm glad we're out on the Texas State line. 01:28:54
I think the only. 01:28:58
To county. 01:28:59
Departments that are fully staffed or Lee County and Eddy County, which? 01:29:00
We've got the budget to be able to staff completely but. 01:29:04
Otherwise, everybody else is just losing the Texas Troopers and. 01:29:07
Pretty high. 01:29:12
Obs. Is a pretty substantial hiring bonus. 01:29:13
Yes. 01:29:18
Thank you. Good luck. 01:29:19
Mr. Chairman, Commissioners, this resolution is. 01:29:21
2023 Dash 74. 01:29:23
OK, item number 16. Approval of off cycle grant, funding the emergency performance grant, American Rescue Plan Act through New 01:29:52
Mexico Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management. 01:29:58
Mr. Chairman, I'll I'll be presenting on this. 01:30:04
And there are some confusion today regarding this. So Miss Gillan is not here, but umm. 01:30:07
I am asking for the approval. It's a grant that we received for 500 or five $55,574.64. 01:30:14
There's a 50% match which will be covered by ARPA. 01:30:22
It's a grant we've gotten in the past. It's part of the American rescue plan. 01:30:26
And ask for your approval. 01:30:31
Commissioners, any question of Danny? 01:30:33
There be none as a recommendation. 01:30:37
Mr. I'd like to make a motion to approve. 01:30:39
Have a motion for approval. Is there a second? 01:30:41
2nd. 01:30:43
Any discussion on the motion in a second? 01:30:44
There be none, Commissioner, in to vote yes. Mr. Brazilian vote yes Mr. Sparked. In your vote yes On your vote yes, I vote yes is 01:30:47
approved. 01:30:50
Rewarding experience. 01:30:58
You're fine then. 01:31:16
OK, item number 17. 01:31:50
Approval of Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Decision for Zone Change #2022-130. 01:31:52
4. 01:31:59
Mr. Baca. 01:32:00
Good evening, Chairman, Commissioners. 01:32:07
For you this evening is the request for the approval of findings of facts. 01:32:09
Conclusions of law and decision for zone change number 2022134 and zone change twenty 22135. 01:32:13
I and I stand for any questions. 01:32:21
Questions Mr. Baker. 01:32:24
Mr. Chairman, if I might please, certainly the, you know, findings of fact and conclusions of law are are. 01:32:27
Is simply the legal record of the decision that you know that was previously made. 01:32:33
You know, we're required to have that for the record and you know, if there was an appeal, this document would be used in the 01:32:37
appeal, but it just reflects your decision. 01:32:40
Unless you all have specific. 01:32:44
Changes or questions? 01:32:46
I think you can treat it as a consent agenda and approve all four at the same time, but that is certainly within your discretion, 01:32:49
Mr. Chairman. Very good, Commissioners, any? 01:32:53
Objected to doing that. 01:32:58
I don't appears there's none Mr. Bucket. Go ahead Chairman, Commissioners, I'll go ahead and read the rest the other three. So 01:33:00
we're also here for the request for approval of findings of fact, conclusions of law and decision for zone change. 01:33:06
#2023. 01:33:12
004. 01:33:14
Item 19 is also a request for approval of findings of fact, conclusions of law, and decision for zone change #2023-005. 01:33:16
#20 is a request for approval of findings of fact, conclusions of law and decision for zone change number 2023013. And I stand for 01:33:26
any questions. Any questions, Mr. Baca? 01:33:32
There be none. Is there a recommendation to approve item 17/18/19 and 20? 01:33:40
I'd like to make a motion to approve all. 01:33:46
Four together of the consent. 01:33:49
And the. 01:33:51
You have a motion for approval. Is there a second? 01:33:53
I'll make that second. Any discussion on the motion or the 2nd? 01:33:56
There being none, Miss Rich in your vote. 01:34:00
Yes, Mr. Bozell, your vote, yes. 01:34:02
This is Sparkman. Your vote yes. On your vote yes. I vote yes. They are approved. Thank you very much. Thank you, Mr. Nice. 01:34:04
See item number 21. 01:34:13
Direction the. 01:34:17
Staff to publish the title and general subject matter of an amendment. 01:34:19
The solid waste ordinance and I don't know if we have Mr. Chairman, I I committed to presenting for Lena today so. 01:34:23
Um, just really briefly. This board previously directed the publication of the title and general subject matter. We did that, and 01:34:30
the day of the hearing we postponed it so we can work through some. 01:34:35
Some matters with our exclusive franchisee, we've done that and now I'm coming back to the board. 01:34:40
Requesting the Board direct the publication of the title and general subject matter of the ordinance. 01:34:45
Any questions, Mr. Peter? 01:34:52
Mr. Trailer to make a Motion to Approve. 01:34:57
We have a motion for approval. Is there a second? 01:35:00
2nd. 01:35:02
Any discussion on the motion of the 2nd? 01:35:03
There be none. 01:35:06
Miss Richard, Yes. 01:35:07
Open your vote yes for sure. Got your vote yes and I vote yes. 01:35:10
Approved. 01:35:13
OK. Item number 22, approval of a resolution. 01:35:17
Setting the 2023 property tax rates for the 2023 tax year. 01:35:22
And set by DFA. 01:35:27
Assessor Dipper. 01:35:29
Good evening, Mr. Chair and Commissioners. 01:35:35
I come before you this evening with a resolution resolution to approve the mill rates. 01:35:37
Sent by the Department of Finance Authority for the 2023 tax year. 01:35:41
I placed. 01:35:45
In front of you a copy of. 01:35:46
Of each showing the difference between the 2022 and the 2023 mill rates. 01:35:47
As I was sitting looking over them, there is one typo in it. 01:35:52
If you look under real communities, residential. 01:35:55
It went from 26.379 and 2022 to 26.558. 01:35:59
Didn't jump 10 Mills. 01:36:05
Maybe you did. 01:36:11
And I would recommend approval and I stand for any questions. 01:36:13
Any questions, Commissioners? 01:36:18
There's there's none. It's a recommendation. 01:36:23
Mr. I'll make a motion to approve. 01:36:26
Have a motion for approval. Is there a second? 01:36:29
2nd. 01:36:31
Any discussion on the motion of the 2nd? 01:36:32
There be no fish rich in your vote yes. Vote yes. Mr. Sparks, in your vote yes. 01:36:34
Yes, they are approved. Thank you, Mr. Commissioner, Chairman, thank Mr. Chairman and Commissioners. 01:36:40
Thank you very much. 01:36:45
Mr. Chairman and Commissioners, this resolution IS2023-75. 01:36:46
OK. We're at the point in our agenda for an executive session. Mr. ***** would you please announce that? 01:37:17
Certainly, Mr. Chairman. 01:37:24
Percent to 10:15 one. 01:37:26
The following matters may be discussed in executive session. 01:37:29
Under. 01:37:33
Administrative adjudicatory proceedings, H3, Zone change, 2336 and zone change, 2337. 01:37:34
Under. 01:37:42
Competitive seal proposals H6 Valencia County Hospital. 01:37:44
Underpinning or threading litigation H7 Maldonado versus. 01:37:48
Board of County Commissioners. 01:37:52
Thank you very much. Is there a motion to go into executive session for the stated reasons? 01:37:54
The discussion of the motion and 2nd. 01:37:59
There be none Commission Rich in your vote vote yes. Mr. Spark in your vote Yes On your vote yes, vote yes. We will report out 01:38:02
shortly. 01:38:05
Thank you, Tessa. 01:38:23
Yes Sir. OK, this time I need a motion to. 01:38:25
Be convenient regular session please. 01:38:28
Any discussion? Motion second. 01:38:31
Young Fish Richard Vote Vote yes Commissioner Sparkman You vote yes Vote yes Vote yes. 01:38:34
Mr. Could you summarize the items discussed in closed session, please? Yes, Mr. Chairman, the only items discussed for those 01:38:40
listening the motion foreclosure and that was. 01:38:44
Under administrative adjudicatory proceedings zone change 202336 and 202337 under competitive seal proposals pursuant to 10:15 One 01:38:48
H 6. 01:38:53
Request for proposals VCR FY22 12 Valencia County Hospital. 01:38:58
Underpinnings, Written litigation. Maldonado versus Board of County Commissioners and no final action was taken. 01:39:03
Thank you. The motion to effect, please. 01:39:08
Moved discussion on the motion to 2nd. 01:39:09
Be known Fish Richardson. Vote yes. Fish Brazilian. Vote yes. This will spark When you vote yes. Vote yes. Vote yes. 01:39:13
OK. We'll go ahead and move on to our action items. 01:39:19
Uh. 01:39:23
Item number 23 Approval of Zone Change 2023-036 Mr. Buffa. 01:39:24
Good evening again, Chairman, Commissioners. 01:39:35
For you is a request for the approval of Zone Change 2023 zero 36. 01:39:37
This is in District 5 Planning and Zoning Commissioner Trujillo Board of County Commissioners Octagon. 01:39:44
The estate of Gilbert Sanchez and the roof A Sanchez Disclaimer Trust. 01:39:50
Request a zone change. 01:39:55
From Rural Residential District 2. 01:39:57
R2 to Community commercial district C2 for development. 01:39:59
Of a Dollar General Retail Store legal description. 01:40:04
Subdivision lands of Gilbert S Sanchez. 01:40:08
Tracked a section 36. 01:40:11
Township 7 N. 01:40:14
Range 2 E. 01:40:15
1.53 acres. 01:40:17
N. 01:40:19
1014. 01:40:20
Located at 3 La Ladera Rd. 01:40:22
As soon as New Mexico 87031. 01:40:24
UPC. 01:40:27
1012037511497. 01:40:28
Currently zoned. 01:40:34
Rural residential 2R2 may stand for any questions. 01:40:35
Any questions, Mr. Buca? 01:40:39
Mr. Chair, just one question I didn't ask earlier. This doesn't meet our. 01:40:40
Requirements as far as our comprehensive plan goes. 01:40:45
Yes Sir, Chairman, Commissioners, this does meet the requirements for the Comprehensive Plan. Any other questions? 01:40:48
Done, Mr. That'll make the motion to approve as presented. 01:40:54
I'll second. 01:40:59
The motion to 2nd for approval. Any discussion on the motion to 2nd? 01:41:00
There be none, Commissioners. You vote vote vote no. 01:41:03
You sure got your vote Yes. I vote yes is approved. 01:41:08
OK. 01:41:12
Item number 22 Approval of Zone Change #2023-037 Mr. Boca. 01:41:13
Chairman, commissioners. 01:41:20
Four years A request for the approval of zone change 2023037. This is in District 2 Planning and Zoning Commissioner Freeman, 01:41:23
Board of County Commissioners Richardson. 01:41:28
Archangels Santiago Olivarez requests a zone change from rural residential district 1R1 to community commercial district C2. 01:41:34
To operate an electricians business. 01:41:43
The legal description subdivision El Cerro Mission ranchettes. 01:41:46
Lot 45 E Unit 1. 01:41:49
Section 7. 01:41:52
Township 6 N Range 3 E. 01:41:54
1.00 Acres Plat N881. 01:41:56
Located at 10 Archangel St. Moses, New Mexico 87031. 01:42:00
UPC 1013. 01:42:05
035499498. 01:42:08
Currently zoned rural residential district 1R1. 01:42:11
And once gonna stand for any questions? Any questions, Mr. Bucker? 01:42:16
It's all asking. 01:42:20
This meets with our. 01:42:22
Comprehensive plan. 01:42:24
So this one meets a little more, a little looser on it, but it does meet the requirements of the Comprehensive Plan. It does allow 01:42:27
access to businesses and commercial use. 01:42:30
OK, Commissioner Richardson, this is your district. You have a recommendation, Mr. Chair. I'd like to make a motion to approve as 01:42:36
presented. 01:42:39
Have a motion for approval. Is there a second? 01:42:42
Second. Any discussion on the motion is second. 01:42:44
The mid month Miss Richard. 01:42:47
Extra sparkly vote yes Commissioner Eric on your vote yes vote yes is approved. 01:42:51
OK, good people coming meetings for announced to to go ahead and announce. 01:42:56
October 4th. 01:43:01
20 I'm sorry. 01:43:02
Here we have here got two dates, October 4th right 2023. 01:43:07
Public hearing Business meeting at 5:00 here in the chambers and also via Facebook Live, October 18th, 2023. 01:43:10
Business Media at 5:00 PM here in the Chambers and also via Facebook Live. 01:43:16
And are there any closing comments from fellow commissioners? 01:43:21
They'll be done. We are returned. Thank all of you for being. 01:43:24
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Made me look again, didn't you? 00:00:02
Thank you. 00:00:22
Good evening and welcome. This is a regular scheduled public hearing business meeting of the Valencia County Commission for 00:00:41
September 20th, 2023. Annette, would you lead us in the pledge please? 00:00:46
Good legions to the flag. 00:00:57
United States of America. 00:00:59
And to the Republic for which it stands. 00:01:01
One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. 00:01:03
Thank you. 00:01:09
OK, commissioners, got the agenda before us. Any changes by fellow commissioners? 00:01:15
There's, there's done any changes by staff? No, Mr. Chairman. That said, is there a motion to approve the agenda as presented 00:01:23
tonight? 00:01:26
Move a motion and 2nd any discussion on the motion the 2nd. 00:01:30
There'll be none. 00:01:34
Commissioner Richard you. 00:01:36
Yes, Mr. Basilio, Spark in your vote, yes. 00:01:38
Yes. 00:01:42
OK, we got one set of minutes for the 9/6/2023 business meeting. 00:01:44
Are there any changes to those Minutes by fellow Commissioners? 00:01:50
Because there's none. Is there a recommendation? 00:01:57
Mr. Chair, I'd like to make a motion to approve the minutes as presented. 00:02:00
2nd. 00:02:04
And the second, any discussion on the motion of the 2nd. 00:02:06
They're being untouched. You vote yes. Mr. Bissell, your vote yes. 00:02:09
If you're parking your vote yes, you're on your vote yes and I abstain. 00:02:13
Thank you, guys, please stand approved. 00:02:17
We'll move on now to our public comment. We've got a couple people here that will. 00:02:19
Wish to speak to us, so we'll get to them in just a second. 00:02:24
Thank you. 00:02:27
Loretta Trujillo join the meeting. 00:02:36
OK, public comment Mr. John Brenna, if you'll approach problem the podium, please. 00:02:41
And if you would just state your name for the record. 00:02:50
Good afternoon. My name is John Brenner. 00:02:56
And I believe that the enabling clause is on the agenda today. Is that correct, Sir? 00:02:59
The action on that is to advertise, Is that correct, Mr. Pale? 00:03:05
So we'll have to advertise that before we take final action on the ordinance itself, but the. 00:03:11
So there will be a the the action will be to move forward with it if it does pass. Alright Sir, I'd like to speak in favor of 00:03:15
that. 00:03:19
This is a perfect opportunity for the county to create an ordinance which will protect itself. 00:03:23
From the whims of our current governor. 00:03:28
By enacting the enabling clause. 00:03:32
My understanding, maybe the lawyer can correct me is that. 00:03:35
She has to sue us to get us to comply with her actions. 00:03:37
And that would be a situation which would keep her busy. 00:03:41
If the other 32 counties fell in line with. 00:03:46
Umm. 00:03:49
That action. So I don't think it's a negative thing, I think it's a positive thing. 00:03:50
And I think we should go forward with it. 00:03:54
Thank you. 00:03:57
Thank you. 00:03:57
OK. Next. 00:04:04
Annette. 00:04:06
And if you will, also, just state your name for the record when you get to the podium. 00:04:07
Hello commissioners and manager. My name is Annette Castille from Valencia County. 00:04:17
On July 31st, 2023. 00:04:22
I wanted to thank you guys for supporting the right of county citizens to participate in the referendum process. 00:04:27
That is our New Mexico. 00:04:34
In our New Mexico Constitution, Article 4, Section 1. 00:04:36
And with all the attacks on not only our New Mexico Constitution but the United States Constitution, I really comforted. 00:04:40
To know that you have our backs as citizens. 00:04:47
To say it is your right because it is in the Constitution. 00:04:51
And we're not going to step in front of that. So thank you for your support. 00:04:55
Thank you. 00:04:59
OK. That ends our public comment. We'll go into our discussion on action items. Commissioners, is there anything you wish to bring 00:05:03
to the table, anything you want to report out? 00:05:07
Mr. Chair, please. 00:05:12
Last month we had a very special guest. 00:05:15
An honorary commissioner for the day. 00:05:18
And I asked. 00:05:20
County clerk. 00:05:22
To. 00:05:24
Right up a little. 00:05:25
Honorary Commissioner for the day. 00:05:27
And I would love for every Commissioner. 00:05:29
Sign it. 00:05:32
And so we can present it to Natalie. 00:05:33
Because she did an awesome job and just to recognize her and what she did and what she's gone through and all the children of 00:05:35
Valencia County. 00:05:38
And. 00:05:42
You know, it was very special to have her. 00:05:43
She kind of looked a little bored every once in a while, but she did a great job and and I think we need to recognize her so. 00:05:45
I would love for you, all the commissioners, to join me in signing this. 00:05:51
Absolutely. I was not present for the meeting, but I got a lot of positive feedback. 00:05:56
Really made her her evening to be here. I got some photos from. 00:06:00
One of the members that was here, my cousin actually so. 00:06:04
Made made her day and I think it was well done. I thank all of you guys for for taking the. 00:06:07
Opportunity to bring her up and make her feel. 00:06:12
Part of this, part of this group, you guys did a great job. 00:06:15
OK, Commissioners, anything else? I have one more sure please. 00:06:40
You know, last election we had a lot of people come up and and worried about election integrity. 00:06:45
And. 00:06:51
It's very important to us and and we want to make sure that the the. 00:06:52
Constituents and the residents of Valencia County feel. 00:06:56
Secure in our elections. 00:07:01
And so I just want to make sure that. 00:07:03
We are going to do the. 00:07:05
Certifying the machines. We're doing that stuff and getting ready for our next election because we have one. 00:07:09
Coming up really soon with the municipalities. 00:07:14
And I would just like to ask the clerk are are are are we going to be ready? 00:07:16
To have. 00:07:20
Everything's secure and ready to go with the elections. 00:07:21
We're going to start our certification here September 26th at 9:00 or 10:00 in the morning. 00:07:24
And we're going to be certified in our machines. So welcome the public to join us on the certification. 00:07:29
To see how certification works. 00:07:36
And. 00:07:39
Yes, we're going to be ready for this election. 00:07:41
Thank you. 00:07:45
Anything else? Commissioners? Chairman, please. I want to thank Danny and his staff for putting together a nice appreciation day 00:07:46
at Ice Toast Park. 00:07:50
We learned that most of them can't read because they sat in the wrong section. But yeah, I guess we can forgive them of that. But 00:07:54
it was very nice. And you know, it's not just one day that we appreciate you, it's every day. So thank you for that, Danny. 00:07:59
Thank you all. 00:08:04
Thank you Commissioner Sparkman, that I did get a lot of positive feedback on that also. Anything else? 00:08:06
Issues. Nothing else, Steph. Mr. Chairman, I have a few announcements. 00:08:12
Just received the letter yesterday. 00:08:16
Reaccreditation to our adult detention center. 00:08:18
So. 00:08:22
Our warden could not be here this evening, but it'll run. 00:08:24
From May 1923 through September 1326. So that's a great job on their part. That does help us get a discount on our insurance. 00:08:27
Also, I'd like to remind everybody and those in the audience and on Facebook that tomorrow Valencia County will be hosting a 00:08:36
listening session for opioids. 00:08:41
For people with addiction or possible treatments. 00:08:46
This will be at the workforce training center once 020 Huning Ranch. 00:08:49
It's going to be from 2:00 to 3:00. We need to run over. We've scheduled room for a longer than that. 00:08:54
Mr. Pedo and Mr. ***** have been very instrumental in help setting this up. 00:09:01
With the group and we have six or seven counties involved, but this is just for the Valencia county. 00:09:05
We think we're off to a very good step. We've got very good people on our committee and. 00:09:11
We invite those of you that would like to join us to please join us. 00:09:15
Just from our small group of seven or eight people sitting on the board. 00:09:19
Everybody on that board is somehow been affected by opioids, so. 00:09:23
It's very rapid and rampant. Excuse me, and we invite everybody to attend. 00:09:27
We are another. 00:09:35
Piece of information November 1st. 00:09:37
Most likely we will be cancelling that meeting. 00:09:39
They will be using this room as a voting location for the election. 00:09:43
And if something special comes up, we will call an emergency meeting unless it is far enough in advance or we can have a regular 00:09:47
meeting. But our plan right now is to only have one meeting in November. 00:09:53
When you drove up, you probably saw that our generator has been installed. They're 90% through with hooking it up, so we're 00:09:59
getting close with that. 00:10:03
And you may notice that they started moving dirt today for the adult attention center expansion. So we have a lot going on. If you 00:10:07
have any questions, give us a holler. But. 00:10:12
That's what all I have at this time. 00:10:16
Thank you. 00:10:18
They appreciate that. 00:10:19
OK. Anything else, Commissioners? 00:10:21
OK. We'll move on to item number six. This is presentation, the Mentor program. 00:10:24
And we've got the Lizeth who steals for. 00:10:28
Yes. 00:10:32
Mr. Chairman, Commissioners, thank you for this opportunity back in June. 00:10:36
Of this year. 00:10:41
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board had invited. 00:10:43
Lisette Bustios and Alma Castillo with the Mentor program. 00:10:46