RSS Feed

BERNCO at a GLANCE

 

May 2015,     Volume 6 • Issue 5

 

COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

 

First Wednesday of month, Wednesday, May 6, 9 a.m.

 

ZONING ADMINISTRATOR HEARING

 

Second Tuesday of month, Tuesday, May 12, 9 a.m.

 

BERNALILLO COUNTY COMMISSION MEETINGS

 

Zoning Meeting, Tuesday, May 5, 4 p.m.

Special Zoning Hearing for Santolina Master Plan, Monday, May 11, 4 p.m.

Board of Finance Meeting, Tuesday, May 12, 4:30p.m.

Administrative Meeting, Tuesday, May 12, 5 p.m.

Administrative Meeting, Tuesday, May 26, 5 p.m.

Special Zoning Hearing for Santolina Master Plan, Thursday, May 28, 1:30 p.m.

 

Meetings are held in the Vincent E. Griego Chambers in the basement of the City/County Government Bldg.

One Civic Plaza, Fifth Street and Marquette NW, downtown.

 

County offices will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

 

 

 

KICK YOUR SUMMER INTO HIGH GEAR WITH BERNALILLO COUNTY

 

From sports to swimming and summer lunch, Bernalillo County has you and your family covered. Bernalillo County’s summer lunch program kicks off Monday, June 1, providing free healthy meals to children at 48 locations including parks, apartment complexes and community centers. The program is open to children up to 18 years of age, and no registration is required. Bernalillo County’s summer meal sites are located

in the North Valley, South Valley and East Mountains. Visitwww.bernco.gov/yss/summerlunch for more information.

 

Looking for something to do this summer? Check out the Bernalillo County Community Center in your neighborhood. County community centers offer affordable before and after school programs, summer programs, field trips, arts and crafts and more. Call (505) 314-0400 or visit www.bernco.gov/fun for more information.

 

Bernalillo County’s always popular pools open for the summer onSaturday, May 23. Locations include pools at Paradise Hills Community Center, Los Padillas Community Center and at the Alameda Spray Park at Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center.

 

The Rio Grande Indoor Pool is also scheduled to open this season after a complete overhaul. Call (505) 314-0400 or visitwww.bernco.gov/aquatics for more information.

 

Movies in the Park is scheduled to kick-off on Friday, June 5 at dusk with the showing of “Strange Magic” at the Los Vecinos Community Center, 478 ½ Old Hwy. 66, Tijeras, NM. Stay tuned for the rest of the summertime Movies in the Park lineup.

 

As always, Bernalillo County’s five fitness centers are open throughout the

year, providing a low-cost way to stay in shape for all seasons. Visitwww.bernco.gov/fun for locations and hours.

 

BERNALILLO COUNTY,  We’re more than you think.

 

 

Not following us yet? Find us on Facebook (Bernalillo County NM) and Twitter (@BernCounty)

 

 

 

 

GATEWAY GROWERS’ MARKET MOVES TO THURSDAYEVENINGS, BEGINS MAY 14

 

The South Valley MainStreet program will host the Gateway Growers’ Market every Thursday evening from 5 – 8 p.m. at Gateway Park, 100 Isleta Blvd. SE starting May 14. The market will offer local produce and specialty products. The market now accepts SNAP and WIC. For more information, contact Richard Meadows atrmeadows@bernco.gov or (505) 217-2484.

 

 

SOUTH VALLEY MAINSTREET TO REVIEW ART CONCEPTS

 

Bernalillo County Cultural Services and South Valley MainStreet will review potential art concepts for the Historic Bridge Boulevard Redevelopment on Tuesday, May 12 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1704 Fourth St. SW. For the past three months, community members have been exploring the history and identity of the South Valley. This session will examine potential locations, types, and mediums of public art for the MainStreet district’s “entrada.” For more information, contact Bernadette Miera at

bmiera@bernco.gov.

 

 

PARKS, RECREATION & OPEN SPACE FACILITIES MASTER PLAN 2015 – 2030

 

Bernalillo County Parks and Recreation is currently updating the ‘Parks, Recreation & Open Space Facilities Master Plan 2015 – 2030.’ This plan will provide a 15-year roadmap for the development of future parks, recreation and open space facilities. A series of public meetings will be held during the month of June to gather community input.

 

Each public meeting will feature an interactive exercise to determine parks and open space facility priorities for each district given the limitation of funding available.

 

The meeting schedule is as follows

 

Monday, June 8, 6 p.m.,

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s North Area Command Center, 6900 Fourth St. NW

 

Wednesday, June 10, 6 p.m.,

Keshet Performance Space, 4121 Cutler Ave. NE

 

Tuesday, June 16, 6 p.m.,

Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center, 9800 Fourth St. NW

 

Wednesday, June 17, 6 p.m.,

Los Vecinos Community Center, 478 ½ Old Hwy. 66, Tijeras, NM

 

Thursday, June 18, 6 p.m.,

Westside Community Center, 1250 Isleta Blvd. SW

 

Initially developed in 2003, Bernalillo County has completed 80 percent of the projects identified. These projects include the Rio Grande Pool renovation; Bachechi, Pajarito, Durand, and Ojito Open Spaces; Hubbell House renovations and other Open Space development; Vista Grande and Paradise Hills community center improvements; and playground upgrades throughout the county.

 

For more information call (505) 314-0436.

 

 

 

Bernalillo County Officials

 

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

Maggie Hart Stebbins, Chair, Dist. 3

Art De La Cruz, Vice Chair, Dist. 2

Debbie O’Malley, Member, Dist. 1

Lonnie C. Talbert, Member, Dist. 4

Wayne A. Johnson, Member, Dist. 5

 

Main office: (505) 468-7000

 

COUNTY ASSESSOR

Tanya R. Giddings

Main office: (505) 222-3700

 

COUNTY CLERK

Maggie Toulouse Oliver

Voting  (505) 243-VOTE (8683)

 

Recording & Filing   (505) 468-1290

 

Marriage Licenses  (505) 468-1243

 

COUNTY TREASURER

Manny Ortiz

Main office: (505) 468-7031

 

COURT OF WILLS, ESTATES & PROBATE

Probate Judge Willow Misty Parks

Main office: (505) 468-1232

 

SHERIFF

Manny Gonzales III

Main office (non-emergency):

(505) 468-7100

 

Visit www.bernco.gov for more information

 

 

 

 

PREPARING FOR FIRE SEASON

 

As summer approaches, we are reminded that it is fire season here in Bernalillo County and around the state. Due to the dry conditions, the county will probably soon be under fire restrictions, which include smoking bans and regulations, campfires and open burning outside the city limits.

 

For more information about how residents can prepare for the fire season, contact the Bernalillo County Fire

Prevention Bureau at (505) 468-1310.

 

 

BASEBALL FIELD DEDICATED TO MARTIN ROMERO

 

District 2 Commissioner Art De La Cruz and the South Valley Little League (SVLL) honored and remembered baseball enthusiast Martin Romero at a recent baseball field dedication ceremony held just

before opening day.

 

Romero was a 14 year-old South Valley student and All-Star baseball player who lost his battle with brain

cancer last year.

 

With the help of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Romero’s dying wish to help improve the South Valley Little League playing fields was realized. The Make-a-Wish Foundation donated $2,000 to fund improvements at the SVLL fields and the Albuquerque Baseball Academy also donated $1,000 for the purchase of baseball equipment in Romero’s honor. At the dedication ceremony, the Romero family presented the new baseball equipment to the SVLL.

 

 

NORTH VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING

 

District 1 Commissioner Debbie O’Malley and the North Valley Little League celebrated the grand opening of the Edward C. Sandoval North Valley Little League Complex, located at 4007 Edith Blvd. N.E.

 

The complex was named after former state Rep. Edward C. Sandoval, a long time legislator and advocate for the North Valley and especially the North Valley Little League. Sandoval, an avid baseball fan, has a long history with the North Valley Little League as a parent, manager, coach and mentor.

 

The new baseball complex features four new baseball fields, dugouts, batting cages, parking and other amenities. The new park was built on vacant land the county already owns, and will provide a permanent home for the North Valley Little League. The baseball complex cost about $4.7 million to build.

 

 

 

BERNCO HOTLINE NUMBERS:

 

To report a road maintenance issue:   (505) 848-1503 and (505) 848-1504

 

To report graffiti:    (505) 24-ERASE or (505) 243-7273

 

Park Watch Program:     (505) 468-7777

 

Or send an email to:  ContactCenter@bernco.gov

 

 

 

“THE ADVENTURES OF BERNCO BERNIE” IS COMING IN JUNE

 

BernCo Bernie, the spokes sheep of Bernalillo County, will be featured in a new book called “The Adventures of BernCo Bernie.” The book highlights the BernCo Open Space properties of the South Valley and teaches the reader about geocaching, a modern day activity similar to a scavenger hunt. There are several geocaches that take place on or around BernCo Open Space properties that will delight and educate the reader. The bilingual book was written by award-winning author Jill Lane of Bernalillo County, and translated into Spanish by award-winning author Nasario Garcia of Santa Fe. It was illustrated by Marisol Baird of Santa Fe. The book will be available at all Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Libraries beginning in early June.

“The Adventures of BernCo Bernie” is the first book in a planned series.

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING BERNCO COMMUNITY EVENTS and MEETINGS

 

Bridge Boulevard Corridor Public Meeting, Thursday, May 7

Open House 4:30 – 6 p.m.,   Presentation 6 – 7:30 p.m.

South Valley Multi-Purpose Senior Center

2008 Larrazolo Road SW

 

Arenal Storm Drain Construction and AMAFCA Pond 187 Project Public Meeting

Monday, May 186 – 7:30 p.m.

Rio Grande High School, La Sala,

2300 Arenal Road SW

 

South Valley MainStreet Listening Session

Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. – Noon,

National Hispanic Cultural Center,

1701 Fourth St. SW

Topic: Final Input on Public Art Concepts

 

Rio Grande Indoor Pool Grand Re-opening,

Sunday, June 7 , Begins at Noon at the Rio Grande High School Pool

2300 Arenal Road SW

 

 

DON’T RECYCLE THAT!

 

The first step in making sure that you’re sending the right materials to be recycled is to double check the list

of materials that are acceptable for recycling. When you can’t find something on the list, don’t recycle it!

 

Unacceptable items found in your recycling are one way to contribute to contamination. Another rule of thumb is to make sure recyclables are clean and dry. Liquids and residue from food waste can ruin highly

valuable pieces of cardboard. Liquids and food weaken paper fibers, making paper products less recyclable, or

less valuable as a recycled material. If you follow those guidelines you’ll actually take a big step toward making sure that your recycling is contamination-free. So remember: If you’re not sure if it’s accepted, or if it’s not clean, trashing it is actually the better option! For more information about contamination and its impact on recycling, visit www.Recyclebank.com/contamination.

 

PUBLIC WORKS UPDATES:

South Valley Second Street Projects Update on the Second Street SW Valle del Oro Trail, Phase 1

 

This is a bike and pedestrian project located along Second Street, from the South Diversion

Channel to Prosperity Avenue. The project will construct a multi-use trail at an estimated

total cost of about $948,000. Construction will begin in Fall, 2015.

 

 

Second Street/Valle del Oro Refuge Access Improvements (FLAP)

 

This is a road and bike/pedestrian improvements project located along Second Street from the Valle del Oro National Wildlife Refuge entrance to Mountain View Elementary School. It will reconstruct the roadway and add new features that include drainage, curb, gutter, sidewalks, multi-use trail, landscaping, lighting and signage. Additionally, it will realign the Desert Road intersection. Estimated total project cost is just under $11.5 million. Environmental compliance work and pre-design work began in April, 2015.

 

For more information about these projects and all county projects, please visit www.bernco.gov/projects.

 

 

 

Need Assistance or Resources for your Neighborhood Association? 

Contact Neighborhood Coordinator Darrell Dady at (505) 468-7364 or ddady@bernco.gov.