Seven-Hour Cram Session
By Carolyn Carlson
Albuquerque city councilors burned the midnight oil on Monday, June 20, in order to push through a packed agenda before the five-week summer recess. With more than 25 action items, the Council meeting lasted nearly seven hours.
Many of the issues—such as regulating the booting of vehicles in private parking lots—had to be deferred until after the summer break.
Police behavior was again the top topic during public comments [Council Watch, “Families Stand Against APD Shootings,” June 9-15]. People addressed the high number of police killings and inappropriate posts by officers on Facebook and MySpace.
In other business, the Council quickly approved several items with no debate:
Eighty-five acres of property between Eubank and Juan Tabo were annexed.
The city will seek bids for gas prices and wants to make a deal for about $3.15 per gallon for city vehicles instead of the budgeted $3.50 a gallon. The savings would be put back into the budget.
Councilors also extended the moratorium on approving new electronic signs [“Cold-Weather Friends,” Council Bite, Feb. 10-16] until they reconvene on Monday, Aug. 1.
There are no meetings in July. The next meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, in the Council Chambers in the basement of City Hall.
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