Balloons: 1, Wal-Mart: 0
The April 4 meeting kicked off with a staple appearance by Albuquerque Animal Control, which featured a police officer parading a terrier puppy on the floor of the City Council. Once the puppy was whisked from the scene, the meeting went from sweet to serious, with city councilors focusing their attention on a bill that would approve the city’s purchase of a large plot of land in a small subdivision in the Vista del Norte neighborhood. The plot is nearby Balloon Fiesta Park and is used as a landing site by the majority of balloons that take flight over the city. The site was being eyed by other bidders, namely big-box stores, with Wal-Mart as the lead contender.
Councilors unanimously passed a bill to name the West Mesa Community Center children’s library after Albuquerque resident John Elwell, who died while on duty for the city. Councilor Brad Winter inquired about city recycling, which will be available to multi-family dwellings in the city by this summer.