Public meetings this week: town talks nukes, everyone looks at budgets, tips to prevent burglaries

Staff report
Posted 5/20/19

From a resolution calling for an end of nuclear weapons production in Los Alamos to routine budget discussions, this is what's happening in Taos and Taos County this week.

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Public meetings this week: town talks nukes, everyone looks at budgets, tips to prevent burglaries


Monday (May 20):

The Taos County Board of Commissioners are meeting Monday morning at 9 a.m. to look at several budget matters, including capital projects and compensation for non-union employees.

A special town of Taos meeting begins at 4 p.m. on Civic Plaza Drive.

With a "legacy [of] radioactive and toxic wastes" located just 55 miles down the road at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the town of Taos is considering passing a resolution calling on the Dept. of Energy to "halt all nuclear weapons production activities at LANL" and redirect funding to clean-up and climate science.

Also during this special meeting, the town may put $250,000 to new police vehicles. In addition, the council will hold a special workshop meeting Monday to discuss the upcoming 2019-20 town budget. 

Plastic-Free Taos, led by the owners of Coffee Apothecary, will join several elected officials for a discussion about how to reduce plastic in the community.

The talk will start at 6 p.m. at the Taos County Democratic Party Headquarters, 729A Paseo del Pueblo Sur in Taos. The event is free and nonpartisan.

Taos town councilors Darien Fernandez and Pascualito Maestas and Taos County Commissioner Candyce O'Donnell will discuss "their efforts to reduce and eliminate plastic bags and other single-use plastics in our community. Small business owners, restaurateurs and retail store managers have been invited to attend this roundtable forum where best practices and other ideas will be discussed," according to an announcement from the Taos County Democratic Party.

Tuesday (May 21): 

The Taos County Board of Commissioners will meet again Tuesday. This agenda isn't filled with flashy discussions, but is largely dominated by updates to contracts and the budget. The county commission will meeting in a closed session to discuss a jail-related lawsuit.

The town of Taos, also meeting for the second day in a row, will vote on the budget Tuesday (May 21) during a special meeting which will also be held to discuss the budget and will allow for public input. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. on Civic Plaza Drive. 

The Peñasco School Board meets at 6 p.m. at the administrative room at the district complex. They'll be talking about staffing at the middle and high school, as well as "administrative concerns," during a closed session.

The Taos Entrepreneurial Network hosts a talk by Lt. David Maggio of the Taos Police Department at 5:30 p.m. at Old Martina's Hall in Ranchos. Lt. Maggio will discuss ways to prevent commercial and residential burglaries and criminal mischief. If you have questions, contact Steve Fuhlendorf at 575-770-7865 or

Wednesday (May 22):

The town of Taos Planning Commission will be meeting at 6 p.m. for a special meeting.


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