Tularosa Village Hall

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August 19, 2014 Minutes

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Workshop-August 19, 2014

The Mayor and the Board of Trustees of the Village of Tularosa met in a workshop setting on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 6:00 P. M. in the Court Conference Room of the Public Safety Facility located at 609 St. Francis Drive, Tularosa, New Mexico.

Present: Mayor Ray S. Cordova
Trustee Patrick Garcia
Trustee Ron Cooksey
Trustee John 'Ray' Telles
Trustee Robert Sainz

Also present at the Workshop was Richard Gutierrez Grants Coordinator and Village Clerk Dianna Brusuelas-Guilez,

At 6:10 P. M. Mayor Ray S. Cordova called the workshop to order asking that all rise and join him in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Salute to the flag of the State of New Mexico.

Items presented at the Workshop are items that will be presented at the Regular Meeting of August 20, 2014 which include:

Consideration of Agenda and Consent Agenda

Unscheduled Correspondence and Public Comments

Approval of Adoption of Resolution 2014-2015-6 desiring the services of the Southeastern New Mexico Economic Development District (COG)

Approval of Adoption of Resolution 2014-2015-7 authorizing Mayor Ray Cordova and Senior Center Director Prestina Chavez as signatories and to enter into a contract with the Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging

Approval of Adoption of Resolution 2014-2015-8 adopting the Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP)

Approval of Robert Sainz as the voting delegate and Monica Voorbach as alternate for the New Mexico Municipal League Annual Conference

To accept or reject the proposed changes with HELP-NM as presented by Gloria Lopez in the proposal dated June 26, 2014

Lance Spere (Tularosa Little League) request permission 1) to re-cut infield perimeter 2) level base lines 3) replace bases and level home plate 4) paint 5) cover bleachers 6) wood storage closets upstairs

Iris Ruiz-Excess noise complaint against Tulie Cafe Sunday, August 10, 2014, 7:30-10:30 P. M.a

Prestina Chavez-Request to move Diana Ortega to a Full-time Status and increase salary from $9.00 to $9.50 effective August 21, 2014

Michael Gaston-Maintenance on Solid Waste trucks

Dianna Brusuelas-Guilez-Request to close on Friday, November 28, 2014, day after Thanksgiving and Friday, December 26, 2014 day after Christmas, everyone will use vacation

Trustee John 'Ray' Telles 1) Request to put Michael Gaston on 8 hr/days, Monday-Friday 2) Patrick Wooten to run Solid Waste when Mike is on vacation 3) Patrick Wooten to work with Ralph Monday-Friday excluding holidays

Overtime issue-Choose Option 1; Option 2; Option 3

Approval of Village of Tularosa Procurement Code

Old Business
New Business

First to come before the Mayor and Board was Lisa Montoya reading a statement of an ongoing situation of harassment, disrespect and confrontation by Officer Zack Diaz and asked the Chief of Police, the Mayor and the City Council to consider investigating Officer Diaz' unethical behavior for the sake of our community.

Next was Mr. Jimmy Cooksey owner of the C & C Bar stating he has been having issues with the police and it it affecting his business.

Mr. Tony Tafoya had a lengthy discussion with the Mayor and Board on an issue with Officer Diaz and stated that after his probation is over in November he intends to file a lawsuit against the village. Mr. Tafoya stated that he was charged with a DUI and pled to a lesser charge.

Mr. Albert Guilez also felt harassed by Officer Diaz.

Ms. Kathy Reyes said her husband was pulled over at least three times but said her husband has since passed away. Ms. Reyes also asked if there was money available to utilize the red brick building or to make a swimming pool or to plaster the Tularosa museum.

Mayor Ray Cordova said the red brick building is owned by the county but does know that money is tight at both the state and federal level.

Trustee Patrick Garcia said he is planning a trip, in the near future, to Washington with the village's lobbyist to request funding.

Trustee Robert Sainz asked Chief Charles Wood for extra patrol on Cedro Street now that school started. Chief Wood said he has also asked State Police and the Otero County Sheriffs for help.

Chief of Police Charles Wood spoke in reference to Officer Diaz and felt that the recordings have cleared Officer Diaz. Trustee John 'Ray” Telles asked Mr. Diaz if he had anything to say. Mayor Cordova answered that if there is a threat of a pending law suit he should not respond. Chief Wood then asked the Mayor and the Board to please withhold any judgment on Officer Diaz until they review the lapel recordings.

Officer Diaz' wife Bobbie Jo then spoke saying that if someone gets a ticket and they don't agree with the officer, there is an appeals process they can take but slandering in public or on social media is uncalled for. After much discussion on the Police Department issue the Mayor and the Board moved on.

Next to come before the Mayor and the Board was Ms. Iris Ruiz complaining about the excessive noise at the Tulie Cafe on Sunday, August 10, 2014 between the hours of 7:30 – 10:30 P.M. Ms. Ruiz proceeded to read part of village ordinance, Chapter 94 and also read her complaint. Ms. Ruiz said the music disturbed her comfort, repose, health and peace. After much discussion Police Chief Charles Wood said he would set up a meeting with the management at Tulie Cafe, himself, Ms. Ruiz and the Mayor.

Michael Gaston Solid Waste Supervisor asked the Mayor and Board if he could take the Solid Waste trucks to be repaired at Carlin's Truck Repair. Mr. Gaston feels that at Alamo Rosa they change mechanics too often and since Carlin is familiar with the Solid Waste trucks and is located inside the village limits that is who he prefers. Mayor Cordova said he has asked Todd Carlin to come talk to him to negotiate the hourly rate and has not heard from him so until they negotiate a price he does not want the trucks taken to Carlin's Truck Repair. Mr. Ornelas a member of the audience commended the Solid Waste program saying that they are doing a great job. Mayor Cordova agreed stating that since inception in 2009 he has received three complaints where before the village was receiving up to 15 complaints a day.

The Workshop ended with a motion by Trustee Ronald Cooksey and a second by Trustee Patrick Garcia.

The Workshop ended at 7:40 P. M.


Ray S. Cordova, Mayor



Dianna R. Brusuelas-Guilez, Village Clerk

The written minutes are the official minutes of the meeting. The recorded Compact Flash are part of the minutes only for interpreting any ambiguity in the written minutes. When the minutes are approved and signed the written minutes are the official minutes of the meeting.

Minutes approved by The Board of Trustees at the Regular Meeting of September 17, 2014.