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Placitas Post Office takes a hit

On August 22, a man crashed his car into the air lock of the Placitas Post Office. Witnesses say the driver jumped the curb, hit the building, then drove away with glass and debris covering the car. Another told the Signpost that the driver may have been drunk at the time. Glass was scattered from the post office parking lot to a quarter mile east on NM Highway 165. At Signpost press time, no arrest had been made.

DWI checkpoints and saturation patrols

—Julian Gonzales, Chief, Bernalillo Police Department

The Bernalillo Police Department will be conducting DWI checkpoints and DWI saturation patrols in and around the Town of Bernalillo from August 19 through September 30. Please don’t drink and drive.

Bernalillo Town Council notes

—Karen Lermuseaux

All council members were present for the meeting.

Animated discussion occurred among the council and public regarding the flooding that took place on July 26. Mayor Torres reported that some accounts of rain totals stated that two inches of rain had fallen that evening. The ponds that were built by the department of transportation failed to hold the water, and the main irrigation ditch failed at the Carroll Elementary area as well, flowing down Calle Escuela to Camino del Pueblo. Other breaks in the ditch near Bobby Place resulted in flooding in several areas in Mountainview trailer court. Mudflows swept down the arroyos on Hill Road at the south end of town and near the KOA campground.

Mayor Torres, as well as others, commented on the complete lack of support from the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District during the flooding. Many thanks to Danny Jaramillo (who was the only employee of MRGCD to respond), as well as to the Placitas, Corrales, and Sandoval County Fire Departments, and the staff of the Town of Bernalillo for their hard work during the emergency. Sandoval County filled five thousand sandbags for residents, and commissioner Orlando Lucero arranged for help getting ruined furniture, rugs, and other items to the County Landfill that very weekend. The NM Baptist Disaster Relief fund offered help to residents, and Habitat for Humanity offered some of the hardware/plumbing supplies to families trying to repair their homes. Unfortunately, the Red Cross was only able to offer a fifty-dollar money card to some families who qualified based on low incomes, and those families were informed the money was a once-in-a-lifetime assistance. Councilman Sisneros said he was shocked by the MRGCD, although he reports similar responses from their administration in the past.

Torres stated that there were slim odds that anything would be available from the State for the flooding damage. The Mayor also met with the DOT on 8-6, as well as others, and had inadequate (if any) response regarding whether the ponds off Hwy 550 at North Hill Road were in fact engineered at all. The MRGCD was only able to state that the irrigation ditches were the responsibility of the Town of Bernalillo—and offered no apology for their lack of action. Some recommendations from others at the meeting were that concrete culverts should be used, and that the holding ponds should be engineered, not simply dug somewhere.

No further news regarding the pending agreement with Sandia Pueblo, per Mayor Torres.

The Bernalillo Fiestas were a success, with only four minor police incidents occurring and only one injury to a dancer. I have heard from many residents that were pleased to have the Fiestas back on Main Street this year.

Game and Fish rangers were called to Bernalillo to remove a bear near Rotary Park. That is the third report of a bear in the Town this summer. A reminder to keep dog food, bird food, and small pets out of your yard during the evenings, and overnight, in particular.

On September 6, there will be a benefit dance with Al Hurricane providing the music.

The Wine Festival will be on August 31, September 1, and September 2, at the park north of the Catholic Church.

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