TorC Commission to Meet Tuesday

Several Items to be Covered

By Kathleen Sloan

HERALD Reporter

Truth or Consequences City Commissioners will hold a work session, starting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, followed by a regular meeting.

The work session will include discussion of the City Commission Rules of Procedure.

The American Civil Liberties Union has contacted City Attorney Jay Rubin, stating Rule 17, which states: “All comments made must be constructive and must be regarding business of the City,” is unconstitutional.

The second work session item is a presentation on procurement policy.

The third work session item is City Manager Juan Fuentes’ proposal for funding the 50 percent grant match amounting to about $125,000 to fix at least two fuel tanks at the airport. Fuentes proposes that the city’s joint utilities fund be used as a bank of sorts, loaning the money to the city airport at a low interest rate.

During the regular meeting, the following items are on the agenda:


•New Mexico State University Extension Agent Dee Wear will present a proposal to build a “Sierra County AgriScience Center.” Open and covered pens for a Sheep and Goat Unit, Rabbit and Poultry Unit, Horse and Beef Unit and Hog Barn are shown.

•Chamber of Commerce President Hans Townsend will give a presentation on the proposed New Mexico Spaceport Authority Welcome Center.

•T. or C. Space Center Inc. board member Michael Kertesz will give a presentation on the former fire station’s use as a spaceport welcome center.

•Sierra Community Council President John Kaufmann will give an update on “TV for TorC.”


•A resolution in support of the New Mexico Copper Corporation’s revival of the Copper Flat Mine, about eight miles from Hillsboro, will be discussed and possibly approved.

•A resolution declaring surplus property to be nonessential, and therefore sellable, will be discussed and possibly approved.

•A resolution proposing the city use the Joint Utilities Fund as a “bank” to loan the airport about $125,000 for 20 years at two percent interest, in order to repair/replace at least two fuel tanks will be discussed and possibly approved.


•The scheduling of a public hearing on the appeal of a resolution to tear down the Buckhorn Saloon, owned by Bettie and Jim Brannon, will be discussed and possibly acted upon.

•A temporary golf course management contract, under which current Golf Pro Howie Tucker will operate, will be discussed and possibly approved.

•An amendment to a city ordinance dealing with chemical testing will be discussed and possibly approved for publication, which will then go to public hearing before final passage.

•A discussion of city commission daily office hours at city hall, with possible approval, is on the agenda.


•The city will respond to Gerald Trumbull, who recently purchased a home, built years ago, which is not hooked up to city sewer.

The city estimates it would cost Trumbull $15,000 to hook in.

Trumbull asks if the city is responsible for getting sewer to his property line.

City Manager Juan Fuentes’ position paper claims Resolution 2-91, passed in 1991, sets forth fees to be charged for extension services.

Trumbull’s attempt to define the city’s responsibilities by examining the city charter or incorporation papers has been unsuccessful because no charter exists.

Fuentes says incorporation did occur, and no charter is required, per State Statute Chapter 3, Article 2. If incorporation papers do exist, they do not address this issue.


The city will hold a closed session under State Statute 10-15-1H(8) of the Open Meetings Act exception to discuss “Purchase, Acquisition or Disposal of Real Property.” The agenda item states: “TorC Space Center Inc., for the former fire station.” Action may be taken in an open session following closed session.


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