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Public Square - June 2012

by Edmond Temple, Mayor of Jemez Springs

"There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle." -Alexis de Tocqueville

At the June 13th Village Council meeting, Police Chief Scott Calcutt gave the Council a detailed update on his Department. Topics included: the resumes of the two new volunteer officers he has brought on board, a progress report on the purchase of two new police vehicles, the installation of an Emergency 911 phone outside the police station, and his policing philosopy. He wants his officers to strive toward friendly interactions with our villagers and tourists. This is especially so with our children as early experiences with police often shape a person's attitude toward them -- whether they are seen as friendly helpers or scarey authority figures. The Council expressed their appreciation of all the Chief’s hard work on behalf of the Village.

The Mayor discussed the need to update the Village's 2007-2012 Comprehensive Plan. He is in discussion with the Mid-Region Council of Governments on the best way to proceed.

Given the high fire danger in the Canyon, the Mayor asked the Council to make a motion to have the Village follow the Forest Service's fire restrictions regarding fires and fire works. The motion was made and passed. The Mayor said that he has a Fire Works ordinance which would allow the Council to specifically ban fireworks during times of high fire danger that he hopes the Council will pass at the July meeting. Public input on the proposed ordinance will be at 5:30 pm July 11th in the Village Conference room.

The Council had a lengthy discussion about what role the Village should play in support of local businesses. The outcome of this discussion was that the Council asked the Village Office to prepare a job description and budget for an Event Planner position for discussion at the July meeting.

The next Village Council meeting is July 11th. The public is welcome.


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