County gives thumbs up for improvements

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 9/5/19

New windows and parking lot repairs are just the first steps to improving several community buildings in Taos County. Taos County commissioners voted on several …

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County gives thumbs up for improvements

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New windows and parking lot repairs are just the first steps to improving several community buildings in Taos County. Taos County commissioners voted on several improvements during Thursday's (Sept. 3) meeting and several of them could have an impact on nearby neighborhoods.

During the consent agenda vote, commissioners unanimously passed several items establishing funds and budgets for community improvements,

Talpa Community Center

What happened: Commission approved $50,000 in state funds.

What's next: Construction will begin once the county finalizes the bids for contractors.

"It's been a long time since we have gotten funding," said community center director Effie Romero. "It's a godsend."

Romero said the center will first be replacing the windows and paving the parking lot, and after that whatever money is left will go to other needed items at the center. She said it had been around eight years since the Talpa Community Center received funding, when the county renovated the kitchen at the center.

"We appreciate it all," Romero said.

Cerro multipurpose center

What happened: Commission approved $100,000 in funding for the Cerro multipurpose center.

Veterans cemetery

What happened: Taos County will receive $3.2 million from the state for a veterans cemetery in Ranchos de Taos with a flag pole and internment shelter.

What's next: The location of the cemetery will be off County Road 110 and work has already begun by fencing off the property and clearing some of the land.

"We worked very hard," said veterans advocate Francis Cordova. "It's something great. A lot of our veterans have been passing away and they want to be buried here in Taos, close to home."

Cordova said this has been in the works since 2007 and he is glad the community and state have come together to make this a reality.

Capital improvements

What happened: Continuing their meeting with public renovations, the commission also adopted the 2021-25 capital improvements plan for projects such as repaving several roads across the county.

What's next: Garcia Road in Costilla is one road that will have $140,000 in work done to seal cracks and restripe.

Climate change presentation

What happened: A number of community members spoke during the meeting in support of a proposed resolution on climate change. A resolution was drafted by the group urging the commission to declare an emergency regarding the current state of climate affairs.

What's next: The commission may hear the group's proposition again in the future.

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