The Sept. 6 Council meeting began with an adorable Pet Project dog peeing on the Council carpet and became even more entertaining when Lawrence Rael, executive director of the Mid-Region Council of Governments, presented the Council with a model Rail Runner. Rael said the commuter train was averaging 2,500 to 3,000 riders on weekdays and carried more than 15,000 passengers to the Bernalillo wine festival. Unfortunately, the model trains painted with our state bird are all sold out.Things turned painful when Barelas and Downtown residents shared horror stories about damage the recent floods did to their homes. Several said it was the fifth time their houses had been flooded. Councilor Isaac Benton’s bill making storm drainage remediation a top city priority passed unanimously.Councilor Ken Sanchez moved a memorial supporting Albuquerque Public Schools’ special bond election on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Go vote. The bond money won’t fix everything, but without it, problems will get significantly worse.
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