On Tuesday, June 14, Questa’s Village Council gathered in the village chambers to officially fill three positions, as well as renew services with law firm Robles, Rael & Anaya. The Council also approved the purchase of two new highway emergency signs at $16,700 each (negotiated down from $20,000) ,as well as a loan for a new fire truck.
Dominic Martinez, Karen Shannon, and Valerie Vigil were all sworn into their respective positions of Village Administrator, Finance Director, and Village Clerk by Judge Michael Rael.
The Village also revealed that the Cabresto waterline project turned up 250 feet short of its desired length and funding will need to be secured to finish the project. Funding will likely come from the Federal American Rescue Plan, the economic stimulus legislation passed by the 117th United States Congress and signed into law last year.
Our Village Attorney, Chris DeFillippo, is drafting an ordinance to create a new committee for purposes of planning and zoning within Questa to be called the Planning & Zoning Board. Councilor Louise Gallegos hopes to solicit letters of interest from community members that would like to serve on Questa’s new P&Z Board. Mayor John Ortega said the new Planning & Zoning Board will be made up of volunteers.
Questa’s new Village Administrator, Mr. Martinez, in an interview with the Questa del Rio News on June 15 revealed his own views about what the Village should be focusing on in the near future.
“Economic development is always a priority; also infrastructure – maintaining our roads, sewers, water, and such up to date. . . . We’re hoping to update our zoning districts within the next year. It’d be nice to hire a Planner to work with the new [Planning & Zoning Board],” said Mr. Martinez.
Karen Shannon has been serving as the Village’s Finance Director for the past seven years, her swearing in was a formality for the new administration.
From Questa Village Clerk Valerie Vigil:
On Friday June 3, Fire and EMS personnel were present at the Truck event at Questa Public Library. Daniel Mandonado drove the Cerro fire truck, Miguel Romero drove the Questa rescue truck, Devin Hurst drove a Tinder 7 Firetruck, and Raynelle Sanchez-Cordova drove the Engine 6 fire truck. Tim Clinefelter drove the Questa Ambulance and was voted a favorite truck driver by the students present! See the front page story for more details.
The Village of Questa is Hiring!
The Village is also actively seeking a Police Chief
For inquiries please contact Dominic Martinez (575) 586-0694.