Black bags and violation signs appeared on a slew of realtor signs in Corrales July 21, placed by Village staff.
According to Mayor Scott Kominiak, the effort, emulating an approach taken by the Village of Los Ranchos, is to enforce an ordinance “requiring realtors and contractors to obtain ‘transaction permits’ from the Village and pay fees for those registrations.
Mediation has failed to resolve a dispute between developer Ian Caird and homeowners in the Tierra de Corrales Subdivision in Corrales’ Far Northwest Sector.
An ordinance making a zone change to commercial was unanimously approved for posting and publishing at the July 21 Village Council meeting. The proposed C-zone could be approved or denied at the August 18 meeting.
Caird’s proposal for a five-acre commercial complex along the west side of Don Julio Road in the Village’s designated “neighborhood commercial, office district” (NCOD) was favorably recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission but rejected by the Village Council.
The developer, son of the late Bruce Caird, filed an appeal in district court, but put that on hold as he sought to reach an agreement with the homeowners’ association which complained the proposed zone change to commercial was not compatible with the neighborhood.
By now, it’s pretty widely recognized that Corrales’ riverside cottonwood forest is dying out. Blame has been placed on the trees’ generalized inability to reproduce because the bosque’s floor no longer floods from seasonal snow melt.
Cottonwood seeds still fly in great abundance, but rarely are bosque soils wet enough to permit germination.
Resolution of an ongoing community debate over the fate of impounded animals in Corrales is expected at the August 18 Village Council meeting, following a work-study session in early August. No date was set at the July 21 Council meeting.
Based at least in part on recommendations from an internal selection committee evaluating proposals to act as a municipal animal adoption service, the council’s decision will be seen as an endorsement or reject of the controversial “no kill” policy for animals in the Village’s custody.
Two non-profit organizations are known to have responded with proposals to the Village’s advertised “request for proposals” (RFP) to handle adoptions for animals picked up by Corrales Animal Control. Other entities may have submitted proposals, but Village officials have not disclosed information about the submittals.
An additional three acres of prime Corrales farmland have been saved from housing development using the last of municipal bonds approved by voters in 2004 for farmland preservation.
The Village of Corrales paid approximately $185,000 from the general obligation bonds to purchase an easement on the Boyd property at the end of Candi Lane, according to Beth Mills, of the N.M. Land Conservancy which holds and manages Corrales conservation easements.
An heir to the 4.7-acre farm, Megan Chaskey, negotiated terms of the easement with Lisa Brown, co-chair of the Corrales Farmland Preservation and Agricultural Commission. The transaction was completed last month.
The draft ordinance that would change Corrales’ representation on the Village Council back to at-large elections was bumped from councillors’ July 21 meeting.
Councillor Phil Gasteyer had asked to have it on that agenda as a motion to publish and post the draft composed by Village Attorney John Appel, setting it up for a vote in September. Gasteyer said he understood that Mayor Scott Kominiak had stricken that item from the draft agenda for July 21, effectively postponing its introduction until next month.
It could be introduced at the August 18 council meeting.
The proposed change would do away with election to the council from designated districts, and return to the system used since Corrales’ incorporation as a municipality in 1971: every voter would get to choose from candidates running to represent all parts of the community.
A public presentation on possible health problems due to exposure to toxic chemicals used at the nearby Intel factories has been scheduled for September 2 at the Old Church.
The long-awaited results of the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) community health consultation will be presented by its lead investigator, Peter Kowalski. Open to the public, the meeting is expected to begin at 6:30 p.m. but no time had been set by July 20.
An ATSDR public affairs specialist in Atlanta, Germaine Vasquez, said July 20 that neither the date nor time were confirmed. Dee Turner, who schedules usage of the Old Church for the Corrales Historical Society, said paperwork with the ATSDR was being exchanged for the September 2 date.