La Cienega Valley Association

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LCVA News – April 8, 2016

Annual Meeting Notice

LCVA Annual Meeting
10:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 7
La Cienega Community Center
Board and President Nominations
Details at (by April 10)
Community Breakfast, 9 a.m.

La Cieneguilla Open Space

Maria Lohmann
Senior Planner—Open Space and Trails
Santa Fe County Planning Division
102 Grant Ave, Santa Fe NM 87504

La Cienega and La Cieneguilla Community Members,

The third and final community meeting regarding the management plan for La Cienguilla Open Space will be Saturday April 16, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. at the conference room at Las Golondrinas (334 Los Pinos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507). Please join us to review the proposed plan and hear about the next steps for the property.

(Please note that the LCVA is aware of the interest of a site visit of the La Cieneguilla Open Space. The LCVA is working to arrange a tour of the Open Space.)

Please feel free to forward this invite to anyone who is interested. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Proposed La Bajada Mesa National Monument

At the request of the County Commission, the Coalition to Protect the Gateway – La Bajada Mesa National Monument Group will be holding two community meetings to solicit input and comment on the proposed National Monument. The dates, location and times for the two meetings are below. These meetings are the result of the County Commission meeting in January when the County’s resolution to support the National Monument was tabled for four months. The tabling of the measure was in response to a concern that the Coalition had not done enough to solicit community and resident input and agreement.

April 23, Saturday, 10 a.m. – noon at the La Cienega Community Center
May 12, Thursday, 6-8 p,m, Genoveva Chavez Center, class room 1

Lucy Moore will be facilitating the meetings. She explained that there will be information presented on the La Bajada National Monument proposal, and time for questions, discussion, and comments from the audience. The results of the meeting will be passed onto the County by Ms. Moore in the form of a meeting summary.

County Transportation Advisory Committee

Below is a request from Santa Fe County and an opportunity to address transportation needs of every type in Santa Fe County. Please consider volunteering.

Santa Fe County is Seeking Transportation Advisory Committee Members
Santa Fe County is seeking residents to serve on the Santa Fe County Transportation Advisory Committee. The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) will appoint a total of 13 members, with multiple residents from each Commission district and one at large member. Santa Fe County needs residents from all areas of the County to serve on the Transportation Advisory Committee. To view a map of Commission Districts, visit

The primary purpose of the Transportation Advisory Committee is to review and make recommendations on all elements of transportation, including roadways, trails, bikeways, transit and pedestrian facilities. Make recommendations on road operations and maintenance policies, including road acceptance/abandonment process.
The Transportation Advisory Committee will hold at a minimum quarterly meetings on the second Wednesday of each quarter at 5:30 p.m. in the Public Works Facility Conference room. Meetings will commence once the committee appointments have been made.

Anyone interested in being appointed to the Transportation Advisory Committee should submit a letter of interest and resume to:
Santa Fe County Public Works
Attention: Robert Martinez
425, New Mexico 599 Frontage Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505)992-3010 or [email protected]

County Santa Fe River Resolution Clarification

I wanted to clarify my previous statement about the comments form the Sierra Club representative regarding the problems with beaver on Santa Fe River.

There are three points I want to make.

The Sierra Club representative made the following claims.

There has been no damage to County infrastructure. The Calle Debra bridge is a County bridge and has been repaired three times over the last two years from damage caused by the beaver. The bridge will have to be replaced by the County at a cost of $750,000 to $1,000,000. Other damage to County infrastructure, at the Paseo Real bridge and roadway where beaver activity has forced the river to run along both sides of the road, has not been assessed.

The drought is the cause of the lack of water for farmers in villages along the river. Since the river flow, below the City’s Treatment Plant, is wholly dependent on treated effluent, any drought has minimal impact on the flow of treated waste water. It is most impacted when the City uses that effluent to water parks and golf courses ignoring the senior water rights of farmers and ranchers.

The article also implied that the resolution has been indefinitely postponed. Not the case, the County intends to consider the resolution in June.

More details to follow.