Move ’Em Out the Chute
Councilors plowed through a crowded agenda at the Sept. 5 meeting. An administration bill upping fines for illegal use of disabled parking spaces passed unanimously. Councilor Michael Cadigan's bill restoring a four-way stop sign and a lower speed limit at the intersection of Rainbow Blvd. and Ventana Village Rd. also passed unanimously.
Councilors Martin Heinrich and Isaac Benton's bill purchasing open space in the East Mountains passed unanimously, partly because the state added $1.5 million dollars to the city's $500,000 for the 420-acre parcel.
The Albuquerque Archaeological Ordinance, which Heinrich worked on for two years with archaeologists and developers, passed unanimously. The bill regulates management of building sites likely to contain significant artifacts more than 75 years old. Speaking of Albuquerque's rich history, Heinrich said, "This city deserves an archaeology ordinance if any city does."
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Correction: In the previous column, “Council Watch” misspelled the name of Asst. City Attorney Kevin Curran.