By Kathleen Sloan
The following actions were taken at the Truth or Consequences City Commission meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 14:
•After a public hearing, commissioners approved a beer and wine license for K-Bob’s Steakhouse.
During public comment two speakers noted that the former K-Bob’s owners owed the city $32,000 in utility fees, which had been written off.
City Manager Juan Fuentes said he would look into it and respond at a future meeting.
According to Herald archives, the prior franchise owner was Glen “Bud” Stevenson, a former Truth or Consequences city commissioner.
•Commissioners approved an ordinance after a public hearing to make tampering with utilities a $150 fine for first offense and $350 fine for subsequent offenses, at minimum. The maximum charge is $500.
Public testimony during the hearing noted the city waives utilities discriminatorily, making those who do pay make up the difference.
It was also stated that although a 30 percent loss in water has been attributed to leaks, there is evidence that 20 percent is stolen.
•Commissioners approved an ordinance after a public hearing with no testimony to place a one-year moratorium on well drilling. An exception is a well for primarily agricultural use in a T-1 or transitional zone. Another exception is if the city cannot get water to a site within 90 days.
•Commissioners heard a presentation on a combined task force forming among Children Youth & Families Department staff, headed by Debbie Clark, and Truth or Consequences Police, headed by Chief Priscilla Mullins. Mullins and TCPD Captain James Morgan gave the presentation. The task force will try to reduce addiction and death of those abusing prescription drugs.
Topping the list of abused prescriptions is Oxycotin.
Sierra County is number one in the state, and the state is number one in the union for prescription drug abuse and death.
CYFD said the number of children they serve has doubled in the last month due to this problem.
•Commissioners, after executive session on agenda item, “Related to – New Mexico Spaceport Authority,” approved the motion for staff to proceed with negotiating the final contract. This refers to the city’s sale of 6.24 acres to NMSA for a welcome center.