begins planning northeast loop road
The Sandoval County Development Division 2007 Annual Report lists
a northeast loop road as an upcoming project. The report includes
a rough map showing a line labeled “Northeast Corridor”
running from north of the NM 165/I-25 interchange to NM 14. The
loop road issue stirred a great deal of local opposition when it
was raised in 1993 and 2000. (Remember the “One Plague at
a Time” bumper stickers?)
A public meeting, sponsored by the Wild Horse Observers Association
and a new group called the Placitas Coalition, has been scheduled
for April 5 at 1:00 p.m. at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church to
discuss the loop road issue, along with the upcoming Bureau of Land
Management (BLM) Rio Puerco District Resource Management Plan (RMP),
which includes the five thousand acres of BLM land near Placitas.
[See related article, below.]
County Development Director Michael Springfield told the Signpost
that county officials have been discussing the possibility of a
northeast loop road for about a year, and that it is coincidental
that the RMP planning process is also starting. He said that the
County Commission will discuss the proposed road at the budget hearings
scheduled for March 27 at 9:00 a.m.
Springfield said that responsible planning requires that his division
start planning for a much-needed second road—or at least secure
right-of-way—into Placitas before more development occurs.
The only way out of the north side of Placitas is via two narrow,
winding roads to NM 165 and on down to the gridlock at I-25. He
said that it would be a county road—not a freeway—that
would also connect I-25 to NM 14 and several residential areas of
Sandoval County. He also said that neither NM 165 nor the Las Huertas
wash will be under consideration. He thought NM 22 would be too
This would appear to narrow the options down to the BLM land or
the Baca gravel mine north of Placitas. This land is already sought
by gravel miners, wild horse advocates, residential developers,
animal corridor advocates, and the West-wide energy corridor. Some
residents who oppose—for ecological and lifestyle reasons—the
rapid development that has occurred in the area want to leave it
as open space.
The head planner for the New Mexico State Highway and Transportation
Department said at the conclusion of the 2001 northeast corridor
study that he did not anticipate the resumption of the study for
at least twenty years or until significant changes occur.
Ed Singleton, BLM field manager, stated in 2001 that the BLM and
both tribes (Santo Domingo and San Felipe) were in favor of the
use of Highway 22 as the connecting road. “We can’t
see any public interest in disturbing a corridor through any of
the other alternatives. The area [BLM land north of Placitas] has
erosive soils and a difficult topography that would make road building
an engineering nightmare.”
The area also contains a wealth of environmentally sensitive wetlands
and archeological sites. There is no existing road of any kind across
the BLM land in question.
The project is one of two road proposals for fiscal year 2009—the
other being a road connecting a northwest loop road to US 550 near
San Ysidro. Springfield said that after planners have had a chance
to study possible road corridors, there will be a public process
that starts with the Planning and Zoning Commission.
BLM to update local land-use plan
—REID BANDEEN, LAS PLACITAS ASSOCIATION
As noted elsewhere in this issue of the Signpost, the Rio Puerco
Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has recently
begun the process of inviting public input on the revision of its
Resource Management Plan (RMP). The RMP is the document that specifies
allowed and disallowed land uses for various parts of the management
district. Three major parcels of land under BLM ownership located
within and adjacent to the Placitas area fall within this Field
Office jurisdiction: the approximately five thousand acres of BLM
land north of the Placitas Open Space, a two-hundred-acre parcel
located north of the Overlook subdivision, and the Crest of Montezuma,
immediately northeast of the old village of Placitas. These RMPs
are updated periodically to accommodate changes in resource demand,
demographics, and public land use preferences. The RMP now in place
was prepared in the 1980s. The current plan revision could similarly
affect land uses in our district decades into the future.
The current revision will be formulated in an Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS), prepared under the regulations of the National
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This process goes through various
stages, including “public scoping,” “analysis
of alternatives,” preparation of a draft document, and ultimately
issuing of a final plan for implementation. The entire process will
take approximately four years (ending in spring 2012). The recent
announcement by BLM pertains to the initial public scoping phase,
in which BLM invites the public to express its preferences for specific
land uses in specific areas. The BLM is accepting public comments
for this phase up until May 31, 2008. The project website link is:
details this process and the official schedule. BLM will supposedly
synthesize the information received during the public scoping and
use it to formulate “management alternatives” in the
draft EIS. It’s important to note that, although the entire
process spans four years, opportunities for public input are few
and far between. After May 31, 2008, public comment will not be
invited again until October 2010, after BLM publishes the draft
EIS, according to the posted BLM schedule. A final opportunity for
public comment occurs in early 2011, when BLM publishes the final
This website also features maps of the different units managed
by the Rio Puerco Field Office. The Placitas area is the smallest
of the five units, named Unit 5. The website announces BLM-hosted
public meetings scheduled for April 2, 2008 in Albuquerque and April
8, 2008 in Bernalillo (see website for details). As of March 20,
2008, BLM indicated that these meetings will be an informal open
house format, in which participants can freely gather information
and hold discussions with various BLM project staff, and provide
formal written comments to BLM.
The RMP revision throws open the entire range of potential uses
of these tracts of BLM land in Unit 5 for discussion, evaluation,
and ultimately management recommendations. Potential uses for this
land could include:
Continued or expanded gravel mining operations;
Trade or sale of lands for expanded residential development and/or
Preservation of the lands for a range of managed conservation uses,
including but not limited to: public open space, low-impact recreational
use, cultural resource protection area, scenic area, wild horse
preserve, or wildlife corridor, to name some of the more popular
Large-scale energy transmission corridor, under the current West-wide
energy corridor plan (see previous two Signpost issues).
In November 2007, Las Placitas Association widely circulated a
community survey regarding community preferences for potential uses
for the five-thousand-acre BLM lands north of Placitas. The survey
findings clearly indicate that the community overwhelmingly favors
By visiting the BLM website at www.blm.gov/nm,
attending the scheduled BLM public meetings, and, above all, registering
land-use preferences via the public-comment process, public input
can influence the use of neighboring BLM land for years to come.
For more information, visit the Las Placitas Association website
or call Reid Bandeen at 867-5477.
Wild horse herd in Placitas
Senate memorial calls for 5,000 acre Wild Horse State Park near
During the Legislative session of 2008, the state senate passed
a memorial sponsored by Senator Steve Komadina requesting the State
Parks Division (SPD) to study the feasibility of acquiring five
thousand acres from the Bureau of Land Management for a wild horse
state park in Sandoval County near Placitas.
The memorial states:
• Wild horses are part of New Mexico’s living heritage
and history, but they are endangered and may become extinct in New
• Like the buffalo, wild horses are emblematic of the old
west, and it is the image of wild horses running free across the
plains of the west that lives in the hearts and minds of Americans.
• The wild horse is part of New Mexico’s enchantment
and essence and is an integral part of the Indian, Hispanic, ranching,
and farming cultures of New Mexico.
• There are several herds of wild horses reintroduced into
New Mexico that range freely on lands owned by the federal Bureau
of Land Management in Sandoval County near the village of Placitas.
• Although tourism is the second-largest industry in the
state, tourism in New Mexico could increase by attracting thousands
of tourists from all over the world who are intrigued by the history,
culture, and art of the American west.
• A wild horse state park could prompt local economic development
by drawing tourists into a region to see non-domesticated horses
in a natural setting.
• The federal Bureau of Land Management will be updating
the resource management plan for five thousand acres under its jurisdiction
located in Sandoval County, which may provide a unique opportunity
for the creation of a wild horse state park.
Komadina’s memorial calls for access through the village
The state’s own fiscal impact report pointed out that a typical
state park feasibility study costs SPD around $25,000 in personnel
and other costs (salary, travel, per diem, printing, etc.). This
particular requested study would require at least this amount, if
not more, since the management of a wild horse park would be a new
concept with which SPD does not have familiarity or direct experience.
SPD would likely have to engage a consultant to collect data regarding
potential visitation, research existing literature regarding wild
horse preserves in New Mexico and other locations, and determine
management approaches and resource needs for such a park.
Further, SPD does not have the available budget in FY08 to begin
the study; SPD has not requested any funding in the FY09 budget
to perform the requested study; and the resolution does not include
any appropriations to SPD in order to conduct the study. Study costs
would have to come out of the FY08 and FY09 operating budgets for
SPD has no prior experience or expertise in the management of wild
horses, which can be a resource-intensive and highly complex responsibility
for a land management agency. Developing the new management capacity
within SPD to handle this project would be a challenge and would
likely involve significant cost. Four months from the beginning
of FY09 until the report is due to the legislature is inadequate
time to prepare a thorough feasibility study so that the legislature
can have solid information from which to make decisions regarding
this proposed new state park. In order to complete the study, SPD
would have to divert resources from other high-priority projects
The memorial passed by a vote of 35 to zero.
Legislative funding for county projects limited
Tight money limited Sandoval County lobbyist Gayland Bryant’s
usual success at getting state legislative funding for county projects
in 2008. Slower revenue growth, blamed mostly on a dramatic drop
in oil natural gas exploration, limited available funding. Bryant
said that in recent years, the county has received $23 million to
$27 million in capital outlay from the legislature. This year the
county received only $9.1 million.
Here’s a breakdown of funding for legislative initiatives
supported by Sandoval County:
• Supported $2.116 million funding for regional fire station
on the Pueblo of Santa Ana—received $365,000
• Supported $432,000 for Senior Program—Received $100,000
• Supported $1.2 million in funding to expand and renovate
facilities for Haven House, the only domestic violence shelter in
Sandoval County—received $235,000. Bryant said that a community
development block grant should make up the difference.
• Supported $2 million funding to complete improvements and
purchase equipment at the New Mexico Soccer Tournament Complex—received
• Supported $50,000 funding for Sandoval County’s Native
American Election Information Program that provides translation
of ballots and prepares audio interpretations of ballots—received
• Supported legislation appropriating $3.45 million from
the State General Fund to retire or forgive debts incurred by counties
for lease-purchase of voting machines rendered unusable with the
state’s shift to paper ballots—Vetoed
Sandoval County sought legislative funding for the following capital
• Sought $5.1 million to match County funds to plan, design,
and construct the $12.6 million first phase of a desalination project
in the Rio Puerco Valley west of Rio Rancho—received $786,000.
• The county dropped request for $1.3 million for construction
and installation of master-planned drainage systems, water retention
ponds, roadways and landscaping of La Plazuela de Sandoval.
• Sought $2 million for Northwest Loop Road around Rio Rancho—received
• Sought an additional $500,000 to complete renovations and
improvements of El Zócalo Business Development Complex.—received
• The county withdrew requests for $1 million for Phase II
of the Waste Conversion/Composting Facility.and $200,000 to design
and construct a 16,425-square-foot, three-sided covered building
so residents can safely and conveniently dispose of residential
trash at the Sandoval County Landfill.
• Sought $500,000 to match County funds and significant in-kind
services to provide drainage and pave roadways necessary to provide
year-round use of the County Fairgrounds and special events center
near Cuba—got nothing.
• Sought $185,000 is to complete a rebuild of Camino de Las
Huertas where it crosses Las Huertas Creek in the Placitas area.
Camino de Las Huertas is a major collector road and school bus route
that serves as the only direct road for a large number of residents
in the rapidly growing area. Heavy rainfall and high water flow
in the Creek caused the road to wash out on four separate occasions
in 2006, resulting in the road’s complete closure until County
crews could make partial repairs. The 2007 Legislature approved
$75,000 as partial funding for the project. Although the 2008 Legislature
approve no funding, Bryant said that county funding will complete
the project this year.
• Sought $300,000 is requested to supplement County funds
and in-kind services to pave, resurface and restore drainage along
County Road 11 in the Cuba area.—received nothing.
• Sought $243,000 to remove and replace a crumbling concrete
span bridge on Horseshoe Springs Road over the San Antonio River
in the La Cueva area of the Jemez Mountains—received $100,000.
• $243,800 to design, realign, and construct an intersection
on NM 165 to provide safe entry and turn-outs by motorists to and
from the County-owned property that will serve as site of the Placitas
Community Library and Multi-Use Center— received $50,000.
• The county also received $75,000 for a county-wide spay/neuter
program to be administered by Placitas Animal Rescue and $21,000
for the thirteenth Judicial District drug court program.
Placitas Library seeks input for building project
—JO ANNE FREDRIKSON
Residents of Placitas are invited to provide their collective and
individual visions and preferences for the design and functions
of the new Placitas Community Library (PCL) during two separate
public meetings with the architects. These meetings will be held
on Saturday, April 5 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, April
19 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Placitas Elementary School gymnasium.
The architects will provide updates on the design concepts and construction
timeline. They expect to break ground by the end of 2008, with completion
of Phase I by July 2009. Design plans created by Placitas Elementary
school children will be on display. This is your opportunity to
have a say in the design and building of the new library. A design
schematic is expected to be completed by June 4, 2008.
Funds have been raised for Phase I construction of an approximately
thirty-five-hundred- square-foot building to house collections and
allow a small meeting space at the location just west of the Placitas
Volunteer Fire Station on Highway 165 in Placitas. SMPC Architects
of Albuquerque were selected for the design and build of an environmentally
“green” facility that embraces sustainable building
practices and can be a regional model for green architecture. Fundraising
is underway to raise an additional $1million-plus for Phase II construction
of an additional thirty-five-hundred-square-feet of space. The library
is already storing books and materials off-site because they don’t
have the capacity to shelve the current collection.
The planned building will be designed with the U.S. Green Building
Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
Standards at the core. Dr. Rebecca Watson-Boone hopes to establish
a Placitas Community Library “Green Living Resource Center”
which will be a repository for resources and information about current
and future green building practices for community residents, builders,
and leaders. This is an opportunity to share state-of-the-art building
and design practices for environmental stewardship projects that
protect the ecosystem in Placitas and beyond.
Structural elements considered for the planned seven-thousand-square-foot
building (phase I and II) include a large community room that will
hold fifty or more people, a technology center with computers for
community use, a gift shop and information center with resources
on Placitas, the possibility of a coffee shop/reading room, an outdoor
garden area for programs, and quiet reading spaces.
Another strand of collections development being considered is the
creation of a Community Heritage Center within the new library for
sharing local history and culture. Newcomers to the area may find
resources in the Bernalillo Public Library’s Southwest Collection
and at the Sandoval County Historical Society, but neither focuses
on the Placitas area’s rich history as both a land grant community
and part of the trading route for Native Americans in generations
If you are unable to attend either of the meetings, but wish to
share your thoughts, send your suggestions to Gail Della Pelle at
The Placitas Community Library is run by volunteers—more
than thirty-two of them. There is no shortage of expertise as four
of those people have degrees, even doctorates, in library science.
PCL opened on March 1, 2004, in its current twelve-hundred-square-foot
location on Tierra Madre Road, just west of the Homestead Shopping
Center. Donated local talent, skills, and materials transformed
this former machine shop into a workable library. Furniture and
books were donated by libraries in Roswell and Los Alamos. PCL is
a 501(c) 3 non-profit which operates with “developing library”
status from the New Mexico State Library system. Since Placitas
is an unincorporated village with no tax base, Friends of the Placitas
Library have raised the operating funds. The library provides important
services, including Internet access, interlibrary loan, and copier/fax
use. Patronage has doubled in the past year. The collection has
rapidly expanded, now exceeding fourteen thousand items and one
thousand CDs, DVDs, audiotapes, large print, and Spanish-language
The library leadership team’s approach is one of inclusion
of ideas, philosophies, and dreams. They operate an impressive array
of children’s and adult programming. Visit the website at
www.placitascommunitylibrary.org for detailed information. There
is currently no paid staff at the library due to the fact that there
is no tax base in Placitas to support operational costs. However,
ideas have been generated to support staffing, including an application
for AmeriCorps personnel. The fundraiser in 2007 generated $35,000
for rent, utilities, and other required expenses. The goal for the
upcoming October 20, 2008 “Books on the Bosque” event
is to raise $75,000, which is earmarked for the capital campaign.
Grant writing and fundraising are continual efforts of the all-volunteer
team. Over the past three years, fundraising has netted $1,345,805,
including four acres of land for the permanent facility. Monies
to date include:
• U.S. Congressional allocations—$346,500
• New Mexico state legislative appropriation—$550,000
• New Mexico General Obligation Bond—$16,000*
• County General Obligation Bond—$129,000*
• NM State Library Development Grant—$1,305*
• A 2:1 Challenge Grant from the Kerr Foundation—$10,000
• The Kerr Foundation Challenge Grant was matched by two
• Fidelity National Title Company—$2,000
• The Karakin Foundation—$18,000
• The American Library Association*—“We The People”
books and materials.
• Sandoval County—$80,000 for purchase of four acres
of land for the permanent building
• State of New Mexico—$145,000 for furniture and equipment
for the new library.*
• Friends of the Placitas Library—$48,000 for operational
costs, generated from the 2007 “Books on the Bosque”
event and private donors
(*These funds cannot be used for construction of
Legislative appropriations in 2008
—KATHY MCCOY, STATE REPRESENTATIVE, NEW MEXICO DISTRICT
Having now completed the 2008 legislative session, I’d like
to bring you up to date on what occurred. The primary goal of the
“short” session is to complete the budget. Those of
us on the Appropriations and Finance Committee arrive a week early
to start hearing agency requests and to set the groundwork for the
The $6.2 billion budget represents a 6.7% ($384 million) increase
over last year. Revenues from last year grew only 2.4%, and 4.3%
was taken from reserves, so we are in a deficit spending position.
As I’ve stated previously, the oil and gas industry—the
state’s “cash cow”—is cyclical and when
we rely on those funds for recurring expenses, we put the state
at significant risk. Although oil has stayed steady, gas has flattened
out, which helps explain lower revenues this year.
As always, education received the lion’s share. Public schools
were increased by $125 million and higher education received $38
million. I remain disappointed that given the amount of funding
that goes to our schools, our performance record is less than stellar.
Our teachers have a tough job teaching to our diverse populations;
for that reason, it seems fundamental change should be considered.
Parents are also a huge factor in student success and should be
part of the solution.
The next largest budget item was Medicaid, which was increased
by $91 million and includes a $10 million loss in federal funds.
Other notable increases were for the Corrections Department ($17
million), Public Safety ($6 million), and Aging and Long Term services
As you may have heard, the Department of Transportation is currently
unable to meet the goals of GRIP (Governor Richardson’s Investment
Partnership). The cost of the Rail Runner, combined with the loss
of federal funding and increased construction costs have seriously
stunted the state’s ability to start a number of major highway
projects. A task force to address this shortfall proposed a number
of solutions, but none have yet been implemented. In fact, we had
to “find” an additional $47 million for simple road
A few more appropriations of interest include the following: $9
million for university scholarships and endowments, $7 million for
job training, $2.6 million for supercomputer operations, $3.5 million
for elections, $4 million to develop tests to comply with No Child
Left Behind requirements, $5 million for equipment for UNM’s
Health Sciences Center, and $2 million for LIHEAP (a low-income
heating program). One that gives me heartburn though, is a public
school grant that was improperly administered, resulting in the
state having to pay back $15 million to the federal government.
The amount of legislation was somewhat less this session. In a
budget session, legislators are restricted to introducing bills
only related to the budget, unless they get a “message”
from the Governor. We successfully completed a reasonable budget
this year, but significant legislation stalled, mostly because of
unanswered questions. Two bills consumed much of our attention this
year: the Governor’s universal health plan proposal and a
bill to change the school funding formula.
I recognize that our health care system needs reform, but the proposed
plan would have put a burden on small business, would possibly have
driven more doctors from the state, and would have negatively affected
those who are content with their coverage. As we now know, mandates
are failing in Massachusetts, so I am skeptical about whether they’d
work here. Some of us also felt uncomfortable with the unverified
cost of the program, especially given the revenue predictions over
the next few years. We’ve heard that we may be called back
for a special session to reconsider healthcare, so you’ll
likely be hearing more about it during the summer.
How statewide schools receive their funding is currently based
on a complicated formula. The newly proposed formula has some genuinely
good aspects to it, e.g., better funding for poorer schools or those
losing students, and a simplified formula. However, at a cost of
$350 million to possibly $550 million additional, I felt that we
needed to be better educated about its details. I received a lot
of mail regarding a different method of administering the “gifted
program,” which also gave me pause. I think it’s critical
to encourage those students who show special promise, and the new
formula didn’t specifically earmark that funding. And one
final thought on school funding—I believe putting more money
into schools without tying it to performance measures will produce
much the same results we’ve seen over the years.
Finally, diminished revenues this year also affected capital outlay
funding that legislators received for projects in their districts.
House members received about half what we brought home last year,
so spreading it out among the many worthy requests was a painful
Below are some projects into which I put funding:
• Libraries in Edgewood and
• NM 165 intersection construc-
tion in Placitas
• Frost Road trail system
• Haven House Shelter in
• Edgewood Regional Animal Shelter
• Sierra Vista Mutual Domestic
• East Mountain Sheriff’s Operating Center
• Tijeras sewer system
• Sandia Heights road improvements
• Cedar Crest Mutual Domestic (lines for hydrants)
• East Mountain Charter High School
• Edgewood Recreational Fields
• Roosevelt School Track
• All APS schools received special project funding
• Senior centers in Edgewood and Tijeras
Please contact me regarding any questions or concerns you have.
And a special thanks to those of you who contacted me during session—your
comments are always welcome.
Report on March County Commission meetings
At the March 6 Sandoval County Commission meeting, Bernalillo Town
Administrator Stephen Jerge requested another $125,000 in funding
for a pre-treatment facility for the Sandoval County Detention Center.
Jerge said that screening equipment is required to remove plastics
and other solid litter that inmates flush down the toilets. Late
last year, the commission agreed to pay an engineer’s estimate
of $87,000 for the screen, but Jerge said that the lowest bid ended
up being $212,000.
Commissioner Thomas pointed out that the county had already contributed
$2 million to the waste water treatment facility. Commissioner Bency
suggested that the town borrow the money and pay for the screen
with gross receipt taxes from the new Wal-Mart. Jerge questioned
the $2 million figure, but said whatever the cost, “We’ll
all have a problem if we don’t meet the deadlines set by the
EPA for completion of the project.”
County Manager Hays said that the general fund was fully budgeted.
Commissioner Leonard said that he would not approve the full $125,000,
but offered $5,000 from his district’s discretionary fund
if Commissioner Lucero would chip in $14,000. Lucero, whose district
includes Bernalillo, agreed, and the commission moved on to other
agenda items, leaving the Town $106,000 short.
The commission approved a request by Mike Good, new director of
the Division of Information Technology, to revise his department’s
organizational structure, positions, job titles, and job descriptions.
The commission agreed after Good assured them that this action would
not cost more money.
The commission approved a joint funding agreement between Sandoval
County and the U.S. Geological Survey for long-term hydrologic data
collection in the Placitas area to end September 30, 2008 ($18,890
District 1 Funds). This project has been going on for several years
and has not yet released any data to the public. They also approved
a resolution regarding funding from the NM Environment Department
for a water regionalization project in the Jemez Valley Area ($16,500).
The commission agreed to vacate portions of two existing floodplain
easements located within the Anasazi Meadows Subdivision in Placitas
to adjust the floodplain easements within the subdivision to comply
with a smaller floodplain as approved by the Federal Emergency Management
Finally, they granted approval to publish title and general summary
for the Sandoval County Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. Development
Division Director Michael Springfield told the commission that this
action would allow residents of the bosque areas near the Rio Grande
to get flood insurance through FEMA.
At the March 20 meeting, Commissioner Orlando Lucero presented
a resolution supporting the expansion of the proposed open space
lands contiguous to the Crest of Montezuma in Placitas. The open
space still hinges on a complex transfer of lands to the Bureau
of Land Management. The expansion of this open space would be accomplished
through the acquisition of private land.
Tony Lucero, president of the San Antonio de las Huertas Land Grant,
pointed out to the commission that, while the open space is a fine
idea, the expansion in question contains historical sites and a
land grant cemetery that should be protected. He also questioned
the wisdom of putting more land in federal hands that could be taken
for the West-wide energy corridor. The commission passed the resolution
with the proviso that the historic sites should be preserved.
In other business, the commission heard a presentation and discussion
of a cinematic arts and literacy program to promote multimedia literacy
and development of local talent for New Mexico’s growing cinematic
arts industry. This would include collaboration among Sandoval County
school districts, the University of Southern California’s
School of Cinematic Arts, the University of New Mexico, Central
New Mexico Community College, and media-related entities. They granted
a request for funding in the amount of $200,000 to provide seed
monies necessary to launch the program.
The commission approved a professional services agreement between
Sandoval County and A New Day, expanding the reception and assessment
center in partnership with Bernalillo High School (BHS). This agreement
provides for intake, assessment, and thirty-day case management
services for at-risk students on campus and alternative academics
for suspended students in the Learning Lab, with funding from the
CYFD Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee ($49,000).
The commission approved of a proclamation designating the months
of April and May as Sandoval County Health Awareness Months.
The commission approved the Division of Information Technology
request to negotiate and finalize a contract with CH2M Hill for
the completion of Sandoval Broadband infrastructure construction.