Council Watch: Election Eve

Carolyn Carlson
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T’was the night before the election and all through City Hall, hardly a creature was protesting, no cops lined the wall.

There were many empty seats in the gallery at the Monday, Nov. 6 Council meeting. The usual dozen or more people speaking out against the Albuquerque Police Department dropped to just a handful. No other issues drew a crowd.

The Council heard a short presentation about how the renewable energy program is faring. Ken Mitchell, facilities division manager, said the city has initiated a number of conservation measures that save more than $1 million annually. Some of the changes include: ground- and roof-mounted photovoltaic solar arrays, solar thermal water heaters at city pools, LED light bulbs, and upgraded heating and cooling systems. Albuquerque spends around $18 million annually for electricity.

Looking for an interesting property? You may want check out the two of our oldest fire stations, which will be on the market soon. One station at High and Silver SE was built in 1925. It’s valued at just less than $500,000. The other, on 47th Street and Central, was built in the ’50s and has been valued around $240,000. They’re being replaced by two new facilities that are under construction. To see a fire station that has already made the transition to a busy restaurant, check out Duran’s Station on Menaul near Washington.

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Monday, Nov. 19, 5 p.m.

Council Chambers in the basement of City Hall

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