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10 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1,2010 Lordsburg Mayor Frank Rodriguez responds to Herald questions Last monthl the Hidalgo County Herald submitted 23 questions to Lordsburg MaYOr Frank Rodriguez, asking him to look back at his first seven months in office. HCH: You won the mayoral eleC- tion in February by a sizable mar- gin. Why did you decide to run for mayor and why do you think the people voted for you? FR: I was encouraged by many citizens who wanted "new blood" so to speak, with ideas. Obviously the poll numbers showed this with respect to myself and a re- placement of councilors. HCH: What has been your big- gest challenge since taking of- rice? FR: The biggest hurdle was the grants and related paperwork. This obviously has turned out fine as we were able to save all the grants. HCH: Lordsburg is filthy -- full of weeds, trash, deteriorating buildings. What is on your agenda to address the problem? FR: With respect to the weed and deteriorating buildings, this is not a new problem. I along with all the city supervisors and crews are working to keep these prob- lems under control. HCH: There&apos;s a perception on the p.art of some Lordsburg residents that warnings to clean up proper- ties are given only on a selective basis, i.e., that not ALL residents • receive warnings. Are ALL city residents warned or cited for not cleaning up their yards and prop- erty? And if not, why not? FR" All citizens are warned equally and as a last resort then cited if the problem' is not cor- rected. We have several closed businesses on east and west Mo- tel Drive that will be addressed as well. [See question #21.] HCH: Other cities constantly re- mind and encourage residents to clean their yards and property. They focus on a year-round clean- up campaign. How about launch- ing a clean-up campaign in the Hidalgo County Herald by plac- ing ads or notices and reminding all citizens of the applicable city ordinance requiring property owners to clean their respective properties? Some large billboards around the city would help. Con- stant advertising and promotion can be very effective. FR: I will be publishing an ordi- nance passed years ago with re- spect to citizens' responsibilities to these issues in the Hidalgo County Herald this week. HCH: ICs the responsibility of burial plot owners to clean and maintain their respective plots. What is the responsibility of the City to clean the non-burial ar- eas? FR: It is oar responsibility a a city to maintain non-burial ar- eas and have just completed Mountain View Cemetery and are headed to Shakespeare Cemetery this coming week. HCH: There's a salvage business on Highway 70 (going to Silver City) that's an eyesore. It's a poor way to greet visitors passing through Lordsburg. Do you think that's the image Lordsburg. should have? A place full of trash and junk? FR- I have spoken to the new owners of the salvage business on Hwy 70 and as you have seen they have made much headway in attempt to clean up the area. HCH: The majority of streets in Lordsburg are in poor condition. the DIFFERENCE "00'oge Jody Lynn Hfitch Hidalgo County Assessor and 00rs. Joseph Saenz! on their unity of Marriage on September 4, 2010! • Do you plan to seek funding to repave them? FR: With respect to city streets, 1 alone, with any councilor that wishes to help acquire any Fed- eral or State funding, if available in these depressed economic con- ditions, to repave our streets will be pursued aggressively. HCH: Numerous street signs !n Lordsburg are missing and it makes it difficult to locate a house or piece of real estate. Are you planning to install street signs? FR." Street signs are of great sig- nificance to our safety and this issue is being agldressed. Due to the amount of missing signage we- are dealing with it in stages. I-ICH: Why is the city swimming pool opened in mid-June? Why can't it be up and running by Memorial Day or at least by the time school lets out for the sum- mer? FR: The issue of the swimming pool has been asked by many of my constituents and the answer is always budgetary. If we could stretch out the dollar or get cre- ative with the pool workforce we possibly could be open sooner. HCH: Much has been done and spent in the past several years on Lordsburg's water system. Is Lordsburg's water safe to drink without home faucet purifica- tion? Has the city completed its water purification plant? FR: The Lordsburg water purifi- cation plant is up and running and is providing safe drinking water for our citizens. HCH: Is the Lordsburg Airport under the jurisdiction of the city or county? Who primarily uses the airport? What type of air traf- fic does {t have? FR: Lordsburg Municipal Air- port is a City owned entity which receives funding from the State and Federal Governments for the maintenance and upgrades. The airport is situated directly be- tween Tucson and El Paso mak- ing it a perfect stop for general aviation traffic as well as several large corporate jets that stop here regularly including owners of several area ranches. We are also a preferred stop for the Mili- tary and Custom/Border Patrol aircraft. We have great reviews on the aviation websites and this draws in many new customers weekly. The general aviation community is a close and friendly community that shares informa- tion and word of great hospital- " ity spreads fast. HCH: The housing isue was a big topic several months ago. What is the city or the Chamber of Commerce doing to attract de- velopers to build in Lordsburg? Give us an update on the Nuevo Valedon development on South Main Street. Are they working on the project on a full-time ba- sis? Is there a deadline to com- plete the project? Who are the developers? FR: Housing has been of great importance. We have several de- velopments in the "works." To the south Nuevo Valedon (develop- ers Tim McShane & Gene Turner) are set to open in a month for rent- als. To the north is Montana Vista (developers Shultis & Terrazas) set to begin late this year/early next year. They had a presenta- tion at the 9/23/2010 council meeting. HCH: A proposal was recently made to the County to advertise real estate for sale in Lordsburg on the Lordsburg and Hidalgo County websites. People in other states or cities looking to pur- chase real estate in Hidalgo County could surf the websites and possibly find something. The idea was rejected. Don't'you think advertising on the Internel might help attract people or busi- nesses to Lordsburg or surround- ing area? Howdid Fat Tire Cycles gear up to save on its energy bill? It started with retrofitting 72 light fixtures and installing controls that automatically turn lights off when no one is present• These small changes will help them save almost $3,000 per year on theirenergy bills. And PNM rebates paid for 70 percent of the project. This is just one example of how PNM is helping businesses improve energy efficiency• To find out more about Fat fire Cycles and other business stories, go to PNM.com/powerstories. The to make life better. Together. FR: I definitely" believe in the internet world we live in. We must be advertised in a friendly and easy accessible way to anyone that wants information on either the city or county for busi- ness, pleasure, or real estate. As the budget allows, I will seek out local talent to make our website more user friendly and updated to showcase any service we may be able to pro- vide. HCH: Are you actively trying to attract busi- nesses to Lordsburg? W, hat types of businesses? FR: As many of you know, we employ as Economic Develop- ment Coordinator, Tad Powers, along with the Hidalgo County who is actively seeking new busi- nesses for relocation or any projects that my benefit either one or both. I, along with sev- eral friends, have spoken to sev- eral persons who are consider- ing moving a business here. The>' see a potential here due to many positive factors. At the behest of "some constituents, I made the trek to Albuquerque to speak with the New Mexico Racing Commission Deputy Director, India Hatch. We met for a one-on-one regarding the plight of the Raton Racino. Ms. Hatch informed me that there has been a hearing regarding disciplinary action on the Rac- ing License and is in litigation. There has also been a motion to void the Gaming License and this is also in litigation. I did express our continued interest as a city, along with the investors if ever the opportunity presents itself. I will keep you apprised of any changes. HCH: Several local citizens have purchased some of the old build- ings ,in the downtown historic district. A plan needs to be de- veloped to save and restore all the buildings and revitalize the street. Do you have a vision to • revitalize the historic section? Would it help if you appointed a group of preservation-minded citizens to develop a plan? Hav- ing the support of the City and County would help. FR: The heart of any community almost always is the history and Lordsburg is no exception. I do believe that the downtown area must be improved and preserved. So 1 would definitely encourage any commit- tees that would help guide our his- toric areas in the right path. HCH: The old City Hall .is • one of Lordsburg's historic build- ings built in the 1930s. Does the City plan to ac- tively and rou- tinely main- tain the build- ing to avoid it becoming another abandoned and deteriorating building? The Chamber of Commerce is now oc- cupying a small front section of the old City Hall. Do you have any plans for he council cham- bers? That area could be used for public meetings or as an art gal- lery for local artists to display their work. FR: The front section is currently occupied by the Chamber of Commerce with the rest used as storage space, but if opportunity presents itself it .will be readily available for rental. This or course will include the former City Hall which has and will be maintained by the.city. HCH: East and West Motel Drive need to be cleaned up. Buildings are deteriorating and properties are full of trash. Travelers who get off 1-10 and see the trash im- mediately get back on 1-10 and never look back. That means lost dollars. What is your plan to clean up Motel Drive? FR: [See answer to question #4.] HCH: A few years ago the City Council voted to demolish the old Border Cowboy on east Mo- tel Drive. The dilapidated struc- ture is still standing and a chain link fence has been installed. Why hasn't it been demolished? It's one of many eyesores on Mo- tel Drive. FR: The old Border Cowboy has been purchased privately and is being improved to pass building inspection. HCH: What's your opinion on the old Enrichment Center bUilding (old Lordsburg High School) on Penn Street? Do you think it should be saved and restored? There are federal and state grants that could pay for the restoration and it would provide a much needed auditorium, office space, or low income housing. FR: As for the Enrichment "Cen- ter, it is part of our history as . well. If the proprietors are able to accept the financial responsi- bility to restore it this would be of great significance to our com- munity. HCH: Does the city, in partner- ship with the county, plan to build a new Senior Citizen Cen- ter? If so, where? FR: The seniors have a special place in my heart and I have met with them several times. The Se- nior Center is now under the um- brella of Hidalgo Medical Ser- vices and we are uncertain what their plans are at this time. I have spoken to many of the downtown area residents and encouraged them to seek funding through state or federal programs. We will once again present the ADA com- pliant ramp sidewalk next year to NM DOT for funding so as to alleviate any problems with this in the downtown area. HCH: Where can citizens voice their opinions or suggestions? By calling or e-mailing your office? Have you considered encourag- ing citizens to e-mail their sug- gestions to City Hall or dropping off their written suggestions/ complaints at City Hall? FR: If citizens are not aware, they are always free to call City Hall for an appointment or may leave a suggestion/complaint if I am not readily available. I try to re- spond as soon as possible. I be- lieve my open door polity is well known by the city. They may also contact any one of our City Coun- cilors: HCH" Overall, how do you feel you and your administration have done during the first seven months in office? What areas do you feel require the most allen, tion? FR: I believe together we have made the best of it and kept the city moving in a forward direc- tion. I have become very ac- quainted with the grant processes and the folks who help adminis- ter them. This is an important process that enables the City to function, build and grow. Of course we have reacquainted ourselves with our friends and neighbors. In closing my only hope is to work more united with citizens and our governing bodies. Work- ing together in one mind We can accomplish much. We have all the tools to keep your Business ON TRACK & INTHE BLACK ;i< < • We offer Pro00ssional Services for all aspects of your small business! Including: Payroll 00Monthly, Quarterly & Annual Tax Preparation J Financial Statements Bank Reconciliations BOOKKE P"l 000000-5E4003o125Drive * Suite A * Lordsburg Friday, October 1, 2010 GateS00Open at 7:00 PM (Warm-up Bands) • Gi'aha;mCourityFairgrounds, Safford, AZ 10 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1,2010 Lordsburg Mayor Frank Rodriguez responds to Herald questions Last monthl the Hidalgo County Herald submitted 23 questions to Lordsburg MaYOr Frank Rodriguez, asking him to look back at his first seven months in office. HCH: You won the mayoral eleC- tion in February by a sizable mar- gin. Why did you decide to run for mayor and why do you think the people voted for you? FR: I was encouraged by many citizens who wanted "new blood" so to speak, with ideas. Obviously the poll numbers showed this with respect to myself and a re- placement of councilors. HCH: What has been your big- gest challenge since taking of- rice? FR: The biggest hurdle was the grants and related paperwork. This obviously has turned out fine as we were able to save all the grants. HCH: Lordsburg is filthy -- full of weeds, trash, deteriorating buildings. What is on your agenda to address the problem? FR: With respect to the weed and deteriorating buildings, this is not a new problem. I along with all the city supervisors and crews are working to keep these prob- lems under control. HCH: There's a perception on the p.art of some Lordsburg residents that warnings to clean up proper- ties are given only on a selective basis, i.e., that not ALL residents • receive warnings. Are ALL city residents warned or cited for not cleaning up their yards and prop- erty? And if not, why not? FR" All citizens are warned equally and as a last resort then cited if the problem' is not cor- rected. We have several closed businesses on east and west Mo- tel Drive that will be addressed as well. [See question #21.] HCH: Other cities constantly re- mind and encourage residents to clean their yards and property. They focus on a year-round clean- up campaign. How about launch- ing a clean-up campaign in the Hidalgo County Herald by plac- ing ads or notices and reminding all citizens of the applicable city ordinance requiring property owners to clean their respective properties? Some large billboards around the city would help. Con- stant advertising and promotion can be very effective. FR: I will be publishing an ordi- nance passed years ago with re- spect to citizens' responsibilities to these issues in the Hidalgo County Herald this week. HCH: ICs the responsibility of burial plot owners to clean and maintain their respective plots. What is the responsibility of the City to clean the non-burial ar- eas? FR: It is oar responsibility a a city to maintain non-burial ar- eas and have just completed Mountain View Cemetery and are headed to Shakespeare Cemetery this coming week. HCH: There's a salvage business on Highway 70 (going to Silver City) that's an eyesore. It's a poor way to greet visitors passing through Lordsburg. Do you think that's the image Lordsburg. should have? A place full of trash and junk? FR- I have spoken to the new owners of the salvage business on Hwy 70 and as you have seen they have made much headway in attempt to clean up the area. HCH: The majority of streets in Lordsburg are in poor condition. the DIFFERENCE "00'oge Jody Lynn Hfitch Hidalgo County Assessor and 00rs. Joseph Saenz! on their unity of Marriage on September 4, 2010! • Do you plan to seek funding to repave them? FR: With respect to city streets, 1 alone, with any councilor that wishes to help acquire any Fed- eral or State funding, if available in these depressed economic con- ditions, to repave our streets will be pursued aggressively. HCH: Numerous street signs !n Lordsburg are missing and it makes it difficult to locate a house or piece of real estate. Are you planning to install street signs? FR." Street signs are of great sig- nificance to our safety and this issue is being agldressed. Due to the amount of missing signage we- are dealing with it in stages. I-ICH: Why is the city swimming pool opened in mid-June? Why can't it be up and running by Memorial Day or at least by the time school lets out for the sum- mer? FR: The issue of the swimming pool has been asked by many of my constituents and the answer is always budgetary. If we could stretch out the dollar or get cre- ative with the pool workforce we possibly could be open sooner. HCH: Much has been done and spent in the past several years on Lordsburg's water system. Is Lordsburg's water safe to drink without home faucet purifica- tion? Has the city completed its water purification plant? FR: The Lordsburg water purifi- cation plant is up and running and is providing safe drinking water for our citizens. HCH: Is the Lordsburg Airport under the jurisdiction of the city or county? Who primarily uses the airport? What type of air traf- fic does {t have? FR: Lordsburg Municipal Air- port is a City owned entity which receives funding from the State and Federal Governments for the maintenance and upgrades. The airport is situated directly be- tween Tucson and El Paso mak- ing it a perfect stop for general aviation traffic as well as several large corporate jets that stop here regularly including owners of several area ranches. We are also a preferred stop for the Mili- tary and Custom/Border Patrol aircraft. We have great reviews on the aviation websites and this draws in many new customers weekly. The general aviation community is a close and friendly community that shares informa- tion and word of great hospital- " ity spreads fast. HCH: The housing isue was a big topic several months ago. What is the city or the Chamber of Commerce doing to attract de- velopers to build in Lordsburg? Give us an update on the Nuevo Valedon development on South Main Street. Are they working on the project on a full-time ba- sis? Is there a deadline to com- plete the project? Who are the developers? FR: Housing has been of great importance. We have several de- velopments in the "works." To the south Nuevo Valedon (develop- ers Tim McShane & Gene Turner) are set to open in a month for rent- als. To the north is Montana Vista (developers Shultis & Terrazas) set to begin late this year/early next year. They had a presenta- tion at the 9/23/2010 council meeting. HCH: A proposal was recently made to the County to advertise real estate for sale in Lordsburg on the Lordsburg and Hidalgo County websites. People in other states or cities looking to pur- chase real estate in Hidalgo County could surf the websites and possibly find something. The idea was rejected. Don't'you think advertising on the Internel might help attract people or busi- nesses to Lordsburg or surround- ing area? Howdid Fat Tire Cycles gear up to save on its energy bill? It started with retrofitting 72 light fixtures and installing controls that automatically turn lights off when no one is present• These small changes will help them save almost $3,000 per year on theirenergy bills. And PNM rebates paid for 70 percent of the project. This is just one example of how PNM is helping businesses improve energy efficiency• To find out more about Fat fire Cycles and other business stories, go to PNM.com/powerstories. The to make life better. Together. FR: I definitely" believe in the internet world we live in. We must be advertised in a friendly and easy accessible way to anyone that wants information on either the city or county for busi- ness, pleasure, or real estate. As the budget allows, I will seek out local talent to make our website more user friendly and updated to showcase any service we may be able to pro- vide. HCH: Are you actively trying to attract busi- nesses to Lordsburg? W, hat types of businesses? FR: As many of you know, we employ as Economic Develop- ment Coordinator, Tad Powers, along with the Hidalgo County who is actively seeking new busi- nesses for relocation or any projects that my benefit either one or both. I, along with sev- eral friends, have spoken to sev- eral persons who are consider- ing moving a business here. The>' see a potential here due to many positive factors. At the behest of "some constituents, I made the trek to Albuquerque to speak with the New Mexico Racing Commission Deputy Director, India Hatch. We met for a one-on-one regarding the plight of the Raton Racino. Ms. Hatch informed me that there has been a hearing regarding disciplinary action on the Rac- ing License and is in litigation. There has also been a motion to void the Gaming License and this is also in litigation. I did express our continued interest as a city, along with the investors if ever the opportunity presents itself. I will keep you apprised of any changes. HCH: Several local citizens have purchased some of the old build- ings ,in the downtown historic district. A plan needs to be de- veloped to save and restore all the buildings and revitalize the street. Do you have a vision to • revitalize the historic section? Would it help if you appointed a group of preservation-minded citizens to develop a plan? Hav- ing the support of the City and County would help. FR: The heart of any community almost always is the history and Lordsburg is no exception. I do believe that the downtown area must be improved and preserved. So 1 would definitely encourage any commit- tees that would help guide our his- toric areas in the right path. HCH: The old City Hall .is • one of Lordsburg's historic build- ings built in the 1930s. Does the City plan to ac- tively and rou- tinely main- tain the build- ing to avoid it becoming another abandoned and deteriorating building? The Chamber of Commerce is now oc- cupying a small front section of the old City Hall. Do you have any plans for he council cham- bers? That area could be used for public meetings or as an art gal- lery for local artists to display their work. FR: The front section is currently occupied by the Chamber of Commerce with the rest used as storage space, but if opportunity presents itself it .will be readily available for rental. This or course will include the former City Hall which has and will be maintained by the.city. HCH: East and West Motel Drive need to be cleaned up. Buildings are deteriorating and properties are full of trash. Travelers who get off 1-10 and see the trash im- mediately get back on 1-10 and never look back. That means lost dollars. What is your plan to clean up Motel Drive? FR: [See answer to question #4.] HCH: A few years ago the City Council voted to demolish the old Border Cowboy on east Mo- tel Drive. The dilapidated struc- ture is still standing and a chain link fence has been installed. Why hasn't it been demolished? It's one of many eyesores on Mo- tel Drive. FR: The old Border Cowboy has been purchased privately and is being improved to pass building inspection. HCH: What's your opinion on the old Enrichment Center bUilding (old Lordsburg High School) on Penn Street? Do you think it should be saved and restored? There are federal and state grants that could pay for the restoration and it would provide a much needed auditorium, office space, or low income housing. FR: As for the Enrichment "Cen- ter, it is part of our history as . well. If the proprietors are able to accept the financial responsi- bility to restore it this would be of great significance to our com- munity. HCH: Does the city, in partner- ship with the county, plan to build a new Senior Citizen Cen- ter? If so, where? FR: The seniors have a special place in my heart and I have met with them several times. The Se- nior Center is now under the um- brella of Hidalgo Medical Ser- vices and we are uncertain what their plans are at this time. I have spoken to many of the downtown area residents and encouraged them to seek funding through state or federal programs. We will once again present the ADA com- pliant ramp sidewalk next year to NM DOT for funding so as to alleviate any problems with this in the downtown area. HCH: Where can citizens voice their opinions or suggestions? By calling or e-mailing your office? Have you considered encourag- ing citizens to e-mail their sug- gestions to City Hall or dropping off their written suggestions/ complaints at City Hall? FR: If citizens are not aware, they are always free to call City Hall for an appointment or may leave a suggestion/complaint if I am not readily available. I try to re- spond as soon as possible. I be- lieve my open door polity is well known by the city. They may also contact any one of our City Coun- cilors: HCH" Overall, how do you feel you and your administration have done during the first seven months in office? What areas do you feel require the most allen, tion? FR: I believe together we have made the best of it and kept the city moving in a forward direc- tion. I have become very ac- quainted with the grant processes and the folks who help adminis- ter them. This is an important process that enables the City to function, build and grow. Of course we have reacquainted ourselves with our friends and neighbors. In closing my only hope is to work more united with citizens and our governing bodies. Work- ing together in one mind We can accomplish much. We have all the tools to keep your Business ON TRACK & INTHE BLACK ;i< < • We offer Pro00ssional Services for all aspects of your small business! Including: Payroll 00Monthly, Quarterly & Annual Tax Preparation J Financial Statements Bank Reconciliations BOOKKE P"l 000000-5E4003o125Drive * Suite A * Lordsburg Friday, October 1, 2010 GateS00Open at 7:00 PM (Warm-up Bands) • Gi'aha;mCourityFairgrounds, Safford, AZ 1 0 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1,2010 Lordsburg Mayor Frank Rodriguez responds to Herald questions Last month, the Hidalgo tel Drive that will be addressed Do you plan to seek tending to FR: I definitely believe in the ahahst ahvay is the him.3' and "nlere are federal and state grants County Herald submitted 23 as well. [See question #21.] repave them? internet world welive in. We mut Lordburg is no erceptian. I do that could pay for the restoration questions to Lordsburg Mayor Frank Rodriguez, asking him to look back at his first veven months in office. HCH: You won the mayoral dee- tion in February by a sizable mE- gin. Why did you decide to run for yor and why do you think the people voted for you? FR: I was encouraged by many citizens who wanted "new bld" so to speak, with ideas. Obviously the poll numbers showed this with respect to myself and a re placement of councilors. HCH: What has been your big- gest challenge since taking of- rice? FR: Tile biggest hurdle was the grants and related paperwork. This obviously has turned out fine as we were able to save all the grants. HCIf: Lordsburg is filthy -- full of weeds, trash, deteriorating buildings. What is on your agenda to address the problem? FR: With respect to the weed and deteriorating buildings, this is not a new problem. I along with all the city supeisors and crews am working to keep these prob lems under control HCH: The's a perception on the part of some Lordsbutg residents that warnings to clean up proper- ties are given only on a selective basis, i.e., that not ALL sidents eive wings. Are ALL city residents warned or cited for not cleaning up their yds ad prop erty? And if not, why not? FR: All citizens are warned equally and as a last resort then cited if the problem is not car re(ted. We have several closed businesses on east and west Mo HCH: Other cities constantly - mind and encourage residents to clean their yards and property. They focus on a yeE-round dean- up campaign. How about launch- ing a clean-up campaign in the Hidalgo County Herald by plae ins ads or notices and reminding all citizens of the applicable city ordinance requiring property owners to clean their respective properties? Some large billbods around the city would help. Con- stant advertising and promotion can be very effective. FR: 1 will be publishing an ordi- nce passed years ago with re spect to citizens" responsibilities to these issues m the Hidalgo County Herald this week. HCH: ICs the responsibility of burial plot owners to clean and maintain their respective plots. What is the responsibility of the City to clean the non burial ar eas? FR: It is oar responsibditv as a city to maintain non burial ar- eas and have just completed Mountain ew Cmetery and are headed to Shakespeare Cemetery this coming week. HCH: TEen's a salvage business on Highway 70 (going to Silver City) that's an eyesore. It's a poor way to greet visitors passing through Lordsburg, Do you think that's the image Lordsburg should have? A place full of Irash and junk? FR: l have spoken to tbe new owners of the salvage business on Hwy 70 and as you have seen they have made much headway in attempt to dean up the area. HCH: The majority of streets in Lordsburg e in poor condition. FR: With mspeet to rio street, I alone with any councilor that wishes ta help acquire any Fed- eral or State funding, if available in these depressed economic con ditiens, to repave our streets ill be pursued aggressively. HCH: Numerous street signs in As the budget Lordshurg are missing and it allowv, I will! makes it difficult to locate a house seek ota or piece of real estate. Are you talent to planning to install street signs? FR: Street signs are oj great Skl nifieance In our safer) and this jgiendlv and iue i being atldreed Due to updated to the amount of missing signage we showcase are dealing wittl it in stages HCH: Why is the city swimming pool opened in mid-June? Why can't it be up and running by Memorial Day or at least by the time school lets out for the sum mer? FR: The issue of the swimming pool has been asked by many o my ontituents and tJte answer is always budgetary If we ould stretch out the dollar or get cre- ative with the pool workjhree we who is atively seeking new husi- possibly could he open sooner nerves for relocation or any HCH: Much has been done and projects that mv bent, fit either spent in the past several yes on Lordsburg's water system Is Lordsburg's water safe to drink without home faucet purifica lion? Has the city completed its water purification plant'? FR: The Lordharg water purifi- cation plant is up and running and is providing sqfe drinking water for our citizens HCH: Is the Lordsbur b Airport under lee jurisdiction of the city or county? Who primarily ues the airport? What type of air traf- fic does [t have? FR: Lordburg Municipal Air port i a Cit3 owned entit nhidl receives funding/ham the State and bhderal Governments jar the maintenance and upgrade˘. The atrport i ituated direcdv be tu,een Tucson and El Pao mak- ing it a perfect stop for general aviation traffic as well as seelal large corporate jets that stop here gularlv including owners qf several area ranches. We are also a preferred stop for the MiD- tarx and Custom/Border Putrol aircraft. We have great reviews odn the aviation ,webs(tes and th!s ra.s tn matt ne eutomel weekly. The general aviation community ts a close and friendly community that shares injorma tion and nard o]"great hospital i O, pread fi˘t HCH: The housing k4sue was a big topic several lnonths ago, What is the city or the Chamber of Conmlerce dying to attract de be adeektieed in a friendh, and believe that the downtown area ea;v accessible way to anyone mut be improved and preceded. that want informadan on either So I ould definitely encourage the city or any commit- county for busi that hess, pleasure help or real e.tate guide our his actively trying to attract busi nesses to Lordsburg? What types of businesses? FR: As many of you hao, ne employ a Ecanomie Develop- ment Caordinatet. lad Powers, along with the Hidalgo County one or both. g along witk sev eral fiiend, have ,woken to sev era/persons who ure consider- ing movbtg a business here. They see a potential here due m many positive/dctors At the behest of *nine contituentL I made the trek to Albuquerque to speak with the Ne Mexico Racing Commission Depu b ODe(tot, h, dia Hatch. We met fat a one on one regardin{ the pfight oj the Reran Racing. M. Hatch infoed me that there has been a hearing regarding disciplinary action on the Rac- ing License and is in litigation. Thee ha alwr been a motion to void the Gaming License and this is ato in gtigation I did erpre˘ out umtinued intere.t us a city, along with the invetor if ever tke opportunity presents itself I will keep you apprised of an3 changes HCH: Several Ial citizens have purchased some of the old build- ings Jn the downtown historic district, A plan needs to be de velopcd to save and restore all the buildings and revitalize the street. Do you have a vision to revitalize the historic section'? Would it help if you appeinled a group of preservation-minded cidzcns to dcvelop a plan? Hav- ing the support of the City and County would help FIt: The beart ,)f ,i,i, ,'ommunirv We have all ih the right path. City Hall Js of Lordsburg's build- in s built in the g 193Ds finely main build ins to avoid it becoming another abandoned and deteriorating building'? The Chamber of ComnlcC is now oc- cupying a stna}l front section of the aid City Hall. Do you have any plans for the council chum bets? That ea could be used for public meetings or as an art gal lery for local artists to display their work FR: The font section is curmndv oceupied by the Chamber of Commerce ith the rest used as storage spaee, but if opportunity presents itself it will be readil, available Jar rental. This or eourre will inc'h.le the fi}rmer Cit ! Hall which ha and will be maintained by tile city. HCH: East and West Motcl Drive need to be cleaned up. Buildings are deteriorating and properties are full oI trash Travelers who get off 1-10 and see the trash im- mediately get back on I-1O and never look back That means lost dollars What is your plan to clean up Motel Drive? FR: [See amter to question #4.1 HCH: A few years ago the City Council voted to demolish the old Border Cowboy on east Mo tel Drive The dilapidated struc lure is still standing and a chain link fence has been installed Why hasn't it been demolished? It's one of many eyesores on Mo tel Dhve FR: The old Border Coabo ha been purchased privately and is being impmved to pass building impectbm. HCH: What's your opinion on the aid Enrichment Center building (old Lordsburg Nigh School) on Penn Street? Do you think it should be saed and restored? and it would provide a much needed auditorium, office space, or low income housing. FR: As jbr the Enrichment Cen- ter, it is part of our history as welk If the proprietors are able to accept the financial response bilitv to restore it this would be rf great ignifieance to our enn,- reunify. HCH: Does the city, in partner ship with the county, plan to build a new Selfior Citizen Cen- ler? If so, where? FR: The seniors have a special place in my heart and I have met with them reveral times. The Se- nior Center is now under the wn- brella o] Hidalgo Medical Ser- vices and we are uncertain what their plans are at this time. I have poken to many of the downtown area residents and encouraged them to seek funding through tate or federaI pmgrams. We will once again present the ADA cam pliant ramp idewalk next year to NM DOT for funding so a to alleviate any problem with thi in the dawn)own area. HCH: Where can citizens voice their opinions or suggestions? By calling or e-maiDng your office? Have you consided encourag ins citizens to e-mail their sug gestions to City Hall or dropping off their written suggestions/ complaints at City Hall'? FR: If citizens are not aware, they are alway free to call City Hall r an appointment or may leave a suggestion/eomplaint if I am not readily available. I try to re- pond as soon as possible. I be- lieve my open door polity is well known by the city. The), may also contact any one (,four City Coun odors: HCH: Overall, how do you feel you and your administration have done during the first seven n/antEs in office? What areas do you feel require the most alton. lion? FR: I believe together we have made the best of it and kept the city moving in a fomard direc- tion. I have become very ac quainted .ith the grant pmcesses and the jolks who help adminis- ter them. This is an important process that enables the City to function, build and grow, Of course we have reacquainted ourselves with our friends and neighbors In closing my only hope is to work more united with citizens ond our goveming bodies. Work- ing together in one mind we can aceomplish much, the tools to keep your Business Mr. and Mrs. Jewph Saenz! on their Unity of Marriage on September 4, 2010! vcLopcrs to build in Lordsburg? Give us an update on the Nuevo Valedon development on South Main Street. Are they working on the prolect on a full time ba sis? Is there a deadline to com- plete the project? Who are the developers? FR: Housing has been oj great importance. We have several de- velopments in the "works" To the south Nuevo Valedon (develop- er Tim McSkane & Gone Turner) are et to open in a month fir rent als. To the north is Montana Vista (developem Shabis & Terrazas) set to begin late this year/earl 3 next year They had a preenta tion at the 9/23/2010 council meeting HCH: A proposal was recently made to the County to advertise real estate for sale in Lordsburg on the Lordsburg and Hidalgo County websdes. People in other states or cities looking to put chase real estate in Hidalto County could surf the websites and possibly find something. The idea was rejected. 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