RSS Feed



BernCo at a Glance


Board of Commissioners

Maggie Hart Stebbins, Chair, Dist. 3

Debbie O’Malley, Vice Chair, Dist. 1

Art De La Cruz, Member, Dist. 2

Lonnie C. Talbert, Member, Dist. 4

Wayne A. Johnson, Member Dist. 5

Tom Zdunek, County Manager

(505) 468-7000

Need Assistance or Resources? Contact Neighborhood Coordination Specialist, Darrell Dady at 468-7364, or at

December 2013 Meetings

County Commission

Administrative Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013

5 p.m.

County Planning


First Wednesday of the month,

Dec. 4, 2013, 9 a.m.

Zoning Administration Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

9 a.m.

County Development Review

Authority Meeting,

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 9 a.m.

Meetings are held in the

Vincent E. Griego Chambers

in the basement of the

City/County Government Bldg.

1 Civic Plaza

5th and Marquette NW

New BernCo Public Works Hotline #’s are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Call 848-1503 or 848-1504.

Prepare For Extreme Winter Conditions With BernCo

Bernalillo County is diverse in its culture and beauty—but it’s also diverse in

its weather conditions, especially in the winter. What might be a beautiful

day in the South Valley or Westside could be a snow-packed day in the East


When bad weather hits our area this winter, visit the home page

for notifications on conditions direct from our crews who are actually on the

roads; as well as a new webpage,, which will

provide residents with tips on road closures; winter weather safety; and links to

city, county and state road condition websites.

A downloadable and printable version of our Winter 2013-14 Emergency Road

and Winter Operation Procedures is also available on the Winter Roads

webpage. This brochure includes contact information, the county’s priorities for

winter snow removal, information on diversion of traffic during inclement

weather, and preparation tips for both being on the road and at home.

And there’s yet another way to stay connected with the latest weather

information. At, city and county residents alike can receive free

weather-related messages as part of their cell phone text messaging plan. You can

opt to have these weather-related messages sent to your e-mail or simply access it

over the web. For more information on signing up for the Nixle service, go to

Bernalillo County will do everything possible to keep you well informed on all of

the latest road and highway conditions this winter—so stay connected with us at and www.bernco/WinterRoads.


BernCo offices will be closed on the following dates listed below :

Christmas holiday, Tuesday, Dec. 24 & Wednesday, Dec. 25

New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014

BernCo Bernie & Animal Care Services Remind You:

If you have a companion animal, you have a responsibility to provide

appropriate shelter, insulated for cold weather conditions, sufficient food and

clean potable, unfrozen, water at all times. Don’t forget veterinary care and a

secure enclosure. Tethering or chaining an animal to a single point is

prohibited. Animal cruelty is a crime and if you witness it, report it to

Bernalillo County Animal Care Services at 468-PETS (468-7387).

Don’t miss the 8th Annual Acequia of Lights

On Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Atrisco Acequia behind Holy Family Church from Sunset Gardens SW to Five Points SW

The acequias hold a special historical significance for our area. Show your pride

for their existence and spend an enjoyable evening, walking, meeting neighbors,

enjoying nature and caroling.

Parking Locations: Valle Vista Elementary south parking lot on Sunset Gardens;

Holy Family Church; south parking lot at Atrisco and Five Points SW.

Sponsored by Vecinos del Bosque Neighborhood Association, Holy Family Church,

Partnership for Community Action, and Valley Vista Elementary School. For more

information, contact Rod Mahoney at 681-3600 or George Montoya at 550-5604.


BernCo Public Works Update

North Valley Library/Phase II Restoration

Phase II of the North Library restoration is currently underway. This phase is expected to

be completed by the early part of January, 2014.

Phase II action items to be completed include:

. New insulation installed

. New drywall ceilings installed

. Grid and ceiling tiles installed

. Code upgrade fire alarm/intrusion system

designed, installed and operational

. Roof top mechanical units ordered & shipped

. Lighting ordered & shipped

. Electrical rough-in completed

. Three new columns installed

. Wood clear coat completed

. Painting of drywall

. New carpet ordered and shipped

For weekly updates and photos on the

restorative progress of the library, go to:

Paseo del Norte and I-25 Project

Project construction continues daily through next year.

Did you know you can sign up to receive automatic email/text traffic

updates? Go to

Don’t forget to support our local area businesses during construction – visit to see a listing of those businesses.

MRCOG Invites You To Help Make Transportation Work for you in the Future by

Taking the Futures 2040 Public Questionnaire

The Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG) is beginning work on the 2040

Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Futures 2040.

At MRCOG, planners, data analysts and cartographers are swinging into action preparing to

update the plan for the 2040 timeframe. However, an essential part of this plan is learning what you think

about transportation today and how it should serve us in the future. Please help MRCOG make this plan as

effective as possible and take the questionnaire.

The purpose of the MTP is to help people in the metropolitan area determine how the area is growing,

which way it is headed, and whether or not they want to continue growing in that direction. MRCOG needs

to know how people view the current transportation system as well as learn how people view future


If you would like to know more or be more involved in this planning process, please visit the

project website at or call Julie Luna at 724-3639.


Rio Grande Pool Renovations Now Under Way

The existing Rio Grande Pool is being replaced. Originally built in

1975, and now after nearly 40 years, county officials have

determined it is time to replace the old pool with new components rather

than continuing to pay for expensive ongoing repairs to the existing pool.

Overall, the renovation will provide a completely new pool (including a

new slide), designed to provide the high school swim team with a home

pool that meets competition standards. In addition to a new pool, the

building will receive a new roof, heating, cooling and ventilation systems.

Following a public hearing regarding the upcoming Rio Grande Pool

renovations held on Nov. 18, the $2.9 million renovation project began

on Nov. 22 and is expected to last through the spring, 2014. County

officials anticipate the pool will be completed and ready to re-open by

early next summer.

For more information contact project manager Lisa Manwill at

848-1512, or visit the project’s web page at


Second Annual THINK LOCAL FIRST GUIDES Are Now Available

Tis the season for holiday shopping! So, why not support your friends and neighbors by

shopping locally—from retailers to restaurants to home improvement and more!

To find a directory for those businesses? Then pick up a copy of the 2nd Annual THINK LOCAL

FIRST GUIDE, sponsored by Commissioner Wayne A. Johnson, District 5, and produced by the New

Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce.

Printed by the alibi, the THINK LOCAL FIRST GUIDE is available FREE on newsstands where the alibi

is distributed.

For more information on the new Guide, call the Green Chamber at 244-3700.

Answers to your Planning & Development Services Questions

Send your zoning questions to Tom Kay at (314-0396), building-related questions

to Brad Jackson at (314-0380), and your planning questions to Enrico Gradi at (314-0385).

Q: Does the Bernalillo County Zoning Department have restrictions on

rummage/garage sales?

A: Yes. In residential areas only, four garage sales of no more than three

consecutive days are allowed per calendar year. Also, all items must be of

the type that is normally accumulated by a household.

BernCo Cultural Services and Neighborhood Coordination

wish you a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!

We’ll see you again next year in 2014!