By Kathleen Sloan
The City of Truth or Consequences held a regular meeting on Tuesday, April 24. The following actions were taken.
•A public hearing was scheduled to be held during the next regular city commission meeting, Tuesday, May 8. The subject will be the Buckhorn Saloon, which has been condemned by the city, which wishes to tear the structure down.
The owners, Bettie and Jim Brannon, have protested the removal.
The Battershell Procedure will be used for the hearing.
•Commissioners asked City Manager Juan Fuentes to contact the Fiesta Board in order to request they reroute the parade to avoid the Buckhorn Saloon.
Commissioner Freddie Torres pointed out that the wire fence will not save people if the building collapses, which he estimates will hit the middle of the street.
Fuentes said he will contact them.
•A temporary contract with Howie Tucker, golf pro and golf course manager, was passed. The contract added an addendum from 2010, which gives him the authority to be the city’s liquor dispenser.
•A resolution was passed unanimously, which amends an ordinance having to do with chemical disposal. The amendment allows the city to charge violators $75 for chemical testing.
•A resolution was passed unanimously to allow the city to auction off city property. The auction will be done by Willard Hall sometime after June 19.
•A resolution supporting New Mexico Copper Corporation as a job-provider in the area was passed unanimously.
•City commissioners heard a presentation by Dee Wear, a New Mexico State University extension agent. An anonymous donor, giving about $250,000, will go to building an “AgriScience” center on eight acres of county property next to the Sierra County Fair Barn. Horses, hogs, cows, rabbits, chickens and other livestock covered and semi-covered facilities would be built.
The Future Farmers of America and 4-H clubs would be trained and work there.
Wear asked for the city’s approval and said no matching funding is requested.
City commissioners asked for a more precise breakdown of the project and exact location.
Commissioner Steve Green said the project might affect the salability of the industrial park the city has zoned nearby.
Wear will bring back particulars to the board, he said.