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June 2015,    Volume 6 • Issue 6

June Meeting Schedule

County Planning Commission
First Wednesday of month, Wednesday, June 3, 9 a.m.


Zoning Administrator Hearing
Second Tuesday of month, Tuesday, June 9, 9 a.m.


Bernalillo County Commission meetings

TIDD Board Meeting, Tuesday, June 9,  4 p.m.

Administrative Meeting, Tuesday, June 9,  5 p.m.

Special Zoning Meeting for the Santolina Master Plan, Tuesday, June 16, 1 p.m.

Administrative Meeting, Tuesday, June 23 , 5 p.m.


All meetings are held in the Vincent E. Griego Chambers located in the basement of the
City/County Government Bldg., One Civic Plaza, Fifth Street and Marquette NW

County offices will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.


It’s a Splash Bash!

Bernalillo County is proud to unveil a totally rebuilt Rio Grande Indoor Pool for the 2015 summer swimming season.  And we are having a pool party to celebrate!

Join us on Sunday, June 7 from noon to 5 p.m. for music, food, and fun! A donation of non-perishable foods or a can opener is kindly suggested in lieu of the pool admission fee.

This pool is the only indoor swimming pool in Bernalillo County’s Aquatics Program, and is located on the campus of Rio Grande High School, 2312 Arenal Road SW.

Bernalillo County built a new pool so that it will be safe for recreational and competitive swimmers, meet current building and Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, and be more energy efficient. Renovations included a completely new pool designed to provide the high school swim team with a home pool that meets competition standards. In addition to a new pool, the building received a new tube slide, roof, heating, cooling and ventilation systems.

Visit for more information and pool hours.


Gateway Growers Market is Open for Business

South Valley MainStreet hosts the Gateway Growers Market every Thursday from 5 – 8 p.m. at Gateway Park, 100 Isleta Blvd. SW.

Catch dinner from a food truck or enjoy entertainment provided by local bands while stocking up on local produce and specialty products. For added convenience, the market now accepts SNAP and WIC.

For more information, contact Richard Meadows at or by phone at (505) 217-2484.

Think local, buy local.


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New Animal Care Facility Public Meeting Scheduled

The Bernalillo County Animal Care Services Department and the Fleet and Facilities Management Department invite the public to an open house presentation about the new animal care facility due to be built soon.

The public meeting will take place on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Bernalillo County Public Works campus, 2400 Broadway Blvd. SE, Building N, conference rooms A and B.

BDA Architects will be on hand with initial drawings and site plans, and will answer questions regarding the project as will staff from the Facilities Construction Program.

Representatives from the Bernalillo County Animal Care Services Department will also speak about the future programing of the animal care center and its benefits for the community.



Design Your Community by Attending a Parks, Recreation & Open Space Facilities Master Plan Public Meetings Announced

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. Mark your calendar and plan to attend at least one of the public meetings.

The meeting schedule is shown below:

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


The draft Parks, Recreation & Open Space Facilities Master Plan 2015-2030 is available for review and citizens are encouraged to participate by taking the online survey at

Comments and feedback can be emailed to or for more information, please call (505) 468-1418.



Bernalillo County Officials and their phone numbers


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



Tanya R. Giddings

Main office: (505) 222-3700



Maggie Toulouse Oliver

Voting questions:  (505) 243-VOTE (8683)

Recording & Filing questions:  (505) 468-1290

Marriage Licenses:  (505) 468-1243



Manny Ortiz

Main office: (505) 468-7031



Probate Judge Willow Misty Parks

Main office: (505) 468-1232



Manny Gonzales III

Main office (non-emergency):  (505) 468-7100


Visit for more information.


A Waste Management, Inc. Message and Service Update

Bernalillo County residents, thank you for your patience over the past few weeks as we began a major reroute project for the area. It is a huge undertaking and as with most major changes, working out the kinks is a part of the process. We apologize for any inconvenience Bernalillo County residents may have encountered and ask for your patience as we work through temporary service issues that may arise.

The reroute puts us on a better path for continuous improvement, allowing us to provide better service

to our communities over the long-term. By creating more effective routes, we will be able to provide more consistent pick-up times and fewer, shorter delays due to issues such as inclement weather, etc.


To ensure you receive notifications related to your service, please verify that your service address, billing address, email and phone number are accurate in our records. You can update your data or get information about your service by giving us a call at(505) 892-1200.


We value our relationship with Bernalillo County and thank you for choosing Waste Management, Inc. Our goal is to provide you with the best service possible.


Learn about methods of recycling your organic waste by


If you’re not already recycling in Bernalillo County, call Waste Management, Inc. today at (505) 892-1200, and request  a cart so you can start recycling immediately. Recycling is already part of your service and there’s no additional charge to recycle!




Important BernCo Hotline Numbers


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

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

Park Watch Program:   (505) 468-7777or send an email to:


BernCo Website  and Social Media Handles

Bernalillo County online:

Bernalillo County on Facebook:   Bernalillo County NM

Bernalillo County on Twitter:   @BernCounty

Bernalillo County on YouTube:   Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County on Flickr:    bernalillo.county

BernCo Bernie online:

BernCo Bernie on Twitter:   @BernCoBernie




Does your Neighborhood Association need assistance or resources from Bernalillo County?

Contact Neighborhood Coordinator Darrell Dady at (505) 468-7364 or




Be Prepared for Heavy Rainstorms this Summer

When we get rain in Bernalillo County, it can come in very intense storms. By staying prepared, you can prevent damage to your home and property. Here are some things that you can do:


1) Know Your Risk! Bernalillo County provides a flood zone map information service of the latest information on where FEMA flood zones are located. Visit www.bernco.govfor the mapping information.

2) Clear All Debris from Storm Water Flow Paths. This includes rain gutters, storm drain inlets and channel beds. Fencing that crosses a flow path should have all debris removed so that the water can flow freely.

3) Clean Sediment from Storm Water Ponds. If your property includes a storm water detention/retention pond, check for sediment accumulation and make sure the outlet is clear of debris so that it will function properly.

4) Be Aware of the Weather. Pay attention to forecasts and plan your day accordingly.

5) Never Cross Flowing Arroyos.  Due to the nature of our soils, steep arroyo slopes and high flow velocities, erosion can cause big changes in the ground surface, which cannot be seen under the flowing water.

6) If You Experience Flooding, sandbags can be a quick method of slowing down the flow of water. Sandbags are available at all Bernalillo County fire stations.


For more information, contact Don Briggs, Bernalillo County Floodplain Administrator at(505) 848-1511 or by email at  If you live in the City of Albuquerque, contact Rudy Rael at (505) 924-3977 or by email at



Upcoming BernCo Community Events and Meetings

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, Noon – 5p.m.,  Rio Grande High School, 2300 Arenal Road SW


BernCo Bernie Children’s Book Launch and Book Signing,  Wednesday, June 10 at 1 p.m.

Keshet Center for the Arts,  4121 Cutler Ave. NE


Bernalillo County Animal Care Facility Public Meeting, Thursday, June 11 at 6 p.m.

Bernalillo County Public Works,  2400 Broadway Blvd. SE,

Building N in Conference rooms A and B.


The proposed ordinances listed below are those which have been brought before the

Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners and are currently in the public comment


  • Code of Conduct Ordinance Amendment
  • “Complete Streets” Ordinance Addition
  • Management Oversight System for Bernalillo County Detention Facilities


Bernalillo County wants to hear from you! Your views are important to us.

Sign up to speak at meetings, provide comments on proposed ordinances and

topics of interest at



Visit us online at or reach us by phone at (505) 468-7000.

Follow us on Twitter @BernCounty and Facebook at Bernalillo County NM

Thank you!



That’s it for this months BernCo at a Glance.  We’ll see you again in July.



Bernalillo County,  We’re More Than You Think