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Commissioners Approve Fixed Asset Inventory and Financial Reports – KRTN Enchanted Air Radio


By Marty Mayfield
KRTN Multimedia

The City of Raton Commissioners met for their last meeting of November on Tuesday, November 22 and finally approved the capital asset inventory along with the financial reports and budget adjustments.

Commissioners approved legislative capital spending priorities for the coming year and after hearing from City Manager Scott Berry, who noted that funds for dam improvements should come primarily from federal funds, suggested that the film school and the purchase of Bartlett Mesa Ranch be moved to number one. and two positions. Commissioner Chatterley noted that both are important, but felt that the film school would be a more important element of economic development for the town.

Commissioners approved the vacation schedule, then approved the Tenant Tax Advisory Board’s recommendation to award New Legends Productions two-page advertisements in the Winter, Spring and Summer 2023 issues to advertise local events. The request was for $8700.

Commissioners have appointed Commissioner Chatterley to the Ports-To-Plains Board of Directors. The city approved membership fees at the last meeting to become a member of the organization which includes a seat on the board of directors.

Raton approved the grant agreement with the Department of Finance and Administration for $25,000 to begin the planning and design phase of the Raton Civic Plaza on the former El Portal property.

Each year, the New Mexico State Auditor asks municipalities to go through their capital asset inventory and approve it. With several projects under consideration this summer and other changes, the capital inventory has undergone several changes and projects which have delayed the completion of the inventory.

Commissioners approved the budget adjustment for the Juvenile Justice Grant transferring funds from the Girls’ Circle to the Restorative Justice line item due to an increase in activity in Restorative Justice Services.

Commissioners approved the October 2022 financial report which included the good news of a 16% increase in gross receipts tax. The increase gives the city a little leeway before the low season of the year. City Treasurer Michael Anne Antonucci noted the gasoline tax was lower than normal, with the cannabis excise tax stable. (Link to the October 2022 financial report)

Budget Adjustment #5 was also approved, which included reimbursement for damage caused by the police vehicle during flooding under the northern underpass. Other changes included overtime pay.
Commissioners approved the disposal of surplus or obsolete computer equipment from the RPS. City Manager Scott Berry notes the paving project on Colfax Ave was complete and city crews would return next week to level some driveways with new asphalt. Public Works crews have been working on the streets that will be included in the 7 ½ mile chip sealing project that will begin this spring. (Link to FY23 budget adjustment #5)

Berry recognized the Family Worship Service and High Country Meats for their recognition of emergency service first responders. Raton Water Works helped solve plumbing problems at the Shuler Theater. The city will receive an MRA grant and tender for improvements to the Coors building. The New Mexico Department of Environment has hired a consultant to review some of the buildings the city hopes to include in the Brownfield grant application. City Manager Berry will be attending the City Managers Conference as he was elected First Vice President.

The Commissioners will meet again on December 13, 2022 for their only meeting in December as the December 27 meeting is canceled due to holidays.

Thayla Wright was honored with a proclamation recognizing her 29 years of service to the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library. Wright noted that she was only looking for a part-time job at the time and ended up with a career.
City Manager left to right Scott Berry, Pro-Tem Mayor Lindé Schuster, Mayte Neal Segotta, Thayla Wright, Commissioner Lori Chatterley, Commissioner Ron Chavez and Commissioner Don Giacomo (Link to Thayla Wright Recognition of Service Proclamation)