Raton City Commission reorganizes

Neal Segotta chosen mayor

by Marty Mayfield, KRTN Multi-Media
RATON — Commissioners began the first meeting after the municipal election by reorganizing the commission, with Neal Segotta elected to mayor and Lindé Schuster to the mayor pro-tem position Tuesday evening.
Board appointments are as follows:
• Raton Water Works — Schuster and commissioner Ronald Chavez
• Raton Public Service — Segotta and commissioner Donald Giacomo
• Senior Center Board — commissioner Lori Chatterly
• Planning and Zoning Commission — Chatterly
• Housing Authority — Schuster
• ETZ Zoning Commission — Chavez
• North Central NM Economic Development District — Chatterly
• Library Advisory Board — Giacomo
• ETZ Zoning Authority — Segotta
• Financial Advisory Board — Chavez
Commissioners approved the previous commission meeting minutes and appointed Colette Armijo to the Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board.
In other commission housekeeping, they approved the changes to the Bank Signature cards and INCODE signatures for payroll checks.  They also approved the changes for the city liquor license to be in compliance with the State Alcohol and Gaming Commission.
At the request of BNSF Railroad, commissioners approved to postpone the decision on the deed and lease agreements for the depot.  City manager Scott Berry noted he would have the agreements ready for the next regular meeting.
FAA and NM State Aviation have agreed to move forward with Phase II of the rehabilitation of Taxiway A at Crews Field.  The task orders will cover some of the regulatory requirements and administrative parts of the project.  Phase II is for repaving more of the taxiway.
Commissioners approved FY18 Budget Adjustment #10 which include mostly line item transfers for the recreation center, transfer station and fire department.
Berry noted that he and the city staff followed the election closely and heard the many things the commissioners talked about during their campaign.  Berry and the city staff have begun the process to implement some of the things talked about, like working on crime in town and infrastructure improvements and improvements at RPS.  He noted that they heard loud and clear that water is important to the city, with a 94% voter approval of the water measures.
Commissioners next regular meeting is March 27, 2018 at 6 pm.