March 1, 2017

Message From The Village Of Angel Fire Mayor & Council

Effective Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Angel Fire Fire Chief, Andy Burtges, is no longer employed by the Village of Angel Fire. The Mayor and Council have launched a search to fill this position as soon as possible. The Village of Angel Fire is completely covered for any emergencies that may arise by the volunteers of the Angel Fire Fire Department, the Eagle Nest Fire Department and the Moreno Valley Fire Department. For all fire and medical emergencies, dial 911. For non-emergencies, please call 575-377-3347.

Village of Angel Fire
575-377-3232
www.angelfirenm.gov

Angel Fire Voters Say Yes To General Obligation Bonds

Angel Fire, NM, September 14, 2016 – The $4.5 million General Obligation Bond for improvements to the Village roads and water and wastewater systems was approved by voters on September 13, 2016, sending a clear message that the public, undoubtedly, is supportive of infrastructure improvements to the Village of Angel Fire.

The votes were canvassed on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 by Village Clerk, Terry Cordova and a canvassing committee. Results of the canvass were as follows:

1. Shall the Village of Angel Fire issue up to $3 million of general obligation bonds for the purpose of improving municipal streets and roads?

Yes = 273, No = 85

2. Shall the Village of Angel Fire issues up to $1.5 million of general obligation bonds for the purpose of improving the Village’s water and wastewater system?

Yes = 256, No = 73

Now that the bond issues have passed, an engineering study will be conducted by HDR, the Village engineering consultants, to give an overall view of the needs of the Village, set priorities for the water system, wastewater plant and road upgrades, and begin to implement the program. It is important to note that the construction will be managed by HDR, the company that was the lead engineer for the recent PID construction. The Village staff will manage HDR. Most of the construction will be performed by experienced contractors.

There will another election in three years to renew the program and issue a further $4.5 million with no increase in taxes. This pattern of elections will occur every three years until the project is complete. If the voters disapprove at any election point, the program will end and taxes will revert back to current tax levels. The total project for improvements is expected to be $31.5 million and will take twenty years to complete.

To learn more about this project, please contact:

Bret Wier, Finance Manager
Village of Angel Fire
P.O. Box 610
Angel Fire, NM 87710
575-377-3232
bwier@angelfirenm.gov

Fall Clean Up Day 2016

village-logoVillage Community Fall Clean Up Day

When: Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm (Rain or shine)

Meet at the Village Hall – 3388 Mountain View Blvd., for cleanup supplies, including gloves, bags and t-shirts.

While signing in and picking up supplies volunteers are welcome to enjoy coffee and donuts.

After the clean up, volunteers are invited to enjoy homemade chili and all the fixings at the Village Hall starting around noon.

A prize will be given to volunteers who collect the “weirdest, most unusual” piece of trash (adult & kids’ categories).

Angel Fire Proud sponsors this event to further its mission to engage individuals to take greater responsibility for our community’s beautification.

It is underwritten, in part, by New Mexico Clean & Beautiful.

If your group plans to attend, please let us know so that we may assign you an appropriate route by emailing janetwarner@inbox.com.

GO Bond Vote Deadline Nears

THIS IS A MAIL BALLOT ELECTION

Ballots have been mailed to all eligible Angel Fire voters. This ballot is not for the General Election in November.

The deadline to return your ballot for the Angel Fire General Obligation Bond Election is September 13, 2016, no later than 7:00 PM to Angel Fire Village Hall. If you mail your ballot, it must be received by Village Hall no later than the date mentioned above.

For more information regarding this election, call the Angel Fire Village Clerk, Terry Cordova at 575-377-3232.

WHAT IS THE GO BOND

A GO Bond is a common type of municipal bond used by the Village of Angel Fire and other cities throughout New Mexico and the United States. The issuer (Village of Angel Fire) pledges part of the ad valorem tax rate from all assessable property within its jurisdiction to provide timely repayment of the debt. Cities use GO bonds, because it is a low-interest financing tool that helps pay for much needed capital improvements. GO bonds must be used for capital projects.

WHERE AND WHEN IS THE VOTE?

The Election will be Mail Ballot Only. You may drop off your ballot at Village Hall Tuesday, September 13, 2016 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

WHO MAY VOTE?

Anyone who is a registered voter residing within the boundaries of the Village of Angel Fire. Also, anyone who is a registered voter in Colfax County and owns property in the Village of Angel Fire can obtain a certificate to vote from the Village Clerk. If you have any questions, please call the Village of Angel Fire Clerk’s office at (575) 377-3232.

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED PROJECTS

The Village of Angel Fire has over 120 miles of roads. Virtually all of these roads are in need of maintenance and many need to be rebuilt. 40 years of erosion and blading have taken a significant toll on the roads leaving them full of potholes and unsound. In addition, much of the water and wastewater systems have exceeded their useful lives. They are in need of significant improvements to meet today’s standards and demands. To address these public safety issues the Village Council is presenting the community with a $4,500,000 General Obligation Bond proposal that will be used to start a 20 year master project designed to address these important community needs.

THE BALLOT QUESTION

Shall the Village of Angel Fire issue up to $3,000,000 of general obligation bonds, to be repaid from property taxes, for the purpose of constructing, repairing or otherwise improving municipal streets and public roads, including purchasing capital equipment for such projects?

Shall the Village of Angel Fire issue up to $1,500,000 of general obligation bonds, to be repaid from property taxes, for the purpose of constructing, repairing or otherwise improving the Village’s water and wastewater system?

Village of Angel Fire | 575-377-3232 | www.AngelFireNM.gov

A Message From The Mayor of Angel Fire

mayorFellow Residents of Angel Fire Village and the Moreno Valley:

This is the second in a series of articles regarding the General Obligation Bond issue that the Village is putting forward to the voters on September 13, 2016.

As we all know, the Village infrastructure-the wastewater treatment plant, water wells/piping, and roads-is aging and, in many places, visibly deteriorating. This situation is not unique to Angel Fire but is a recurring story across America.

The Village annual budget is not sufficient to undertake the required infrastructure rebuilding and repairs. Additional funding is required. My staff and I consulted with RBC Capital Markets in Albuquerque to explore options. While the Village has received slightly more than $1M in grant/loan packages for our water/wastewater system from the state in the past eight months, the reality is that we cannot borrow the required amounts needed to fund the entire project. We have to enter the bond market.

The Village proposes a General Obligation bond election be held on September 13, 2016 to raise the funds required and take advantage of historically low interest rates. Funds raised would be used to hire HDR, the Village consulting engineering company, to prioritize needs, design and supervise the repair/rebuilding program. The Village would hire a construction firm to do the actual work. Village Public Works staff would continue to repair and maintain the remaining roads and water systems.

The initial phase of the proposed program is for three years and $4.5 million. There will be another election in three years to renew the program and issue a further $4.5 million with no increase in taxes. This pattern of elections will occur every 3 years until the project is complete. If the voters disapprove at any election point, the program will end and taxes will revert back to current tax levels. The entire program is expected to total over $30 million and will take about twenty years to complete.

This chart will help residents determine what the bond passage will mean to them.

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By state law, a special bond election must be conducted as a single-issue election, thus it cannot be joined with any other election such as the upcoming presidential election. The bond election date of September 13, 2016 was chosen because the next available date would be spring 2017. If the election were to be put off until then, any work on the infrastructure would be delayed until spring 2018, the loss of an entire year. Failure to pass the bond this year will delay any significant improvement in water, wastewater and road infrastructure for at least two years

The Special Bond issue proposal is broken down into two questions on the ballot: “Shall the Village of Angel Fire issue up to $3 million of general obligation bonds…for the purpose of …improving municipal streets and roads;” and…”Shall the Village of Angel Fire issue up to $1.5 million of GO bonds…for the purpose of…improving the Village’s water and wastewater system… ”

Although voters will vote on each question as required by law, it will be impossible to complete the program without both options passing.

This bond election will be via mail. Ballots will be sent to each voter registered in Angel Fire as well as residents of Colfax County who are registered to vote in the County and own property within Angel Fire Village. The last day to for Angel Fire residents to register to vote is Tuesday, August 16th; residents of the County should consult with Terry Cordova, Village Clerk, regarding registration requirements.

We have drawn up an official White Paper that explains the bond proposal in more detail. It can be found on the Village website at www.angelfirenm.gov or you can pick up a brochure at Village Hall.

Thank you for your support,
Barbara Cottam
Mayor – Village of Angel Fire

GO BOND ELECTION COMMUNITY FORUMS

Last of three (3) Community Forums held on the GO Bond Election:

When: Monday, August 29, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Where: Angel Fire Village Hall

These forums are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.

For more information about the forums or the election please call 575-377-3232 x122 or x111.

A Message From Mayor Barbara Cottam

barbara-cottamFellow Residents of Angel Fire Village and the Moreno Valley:

This will be the first in a series of articles designed to increase communication between the Village of Angel Fire and our constituents throughout the Valley.

When I was elected Mayor of Angel Fire in 2012, the Village faced some major challenges. Our finances were a mess. We had over $18 million in debt; we struggled to make payroll; we had over a million dollars in past due accounts payable; and we had no reserves. Most importantly, our audits were years behind, making the Village ineligible for most New Mexico state loans and grants. Our infrastructure was suffering from deferred maintenance. Specifically, the chip-sealed roads had amassed a world-class collection of potholes. The wastewater treatment plant was limping along, under-utilized and significant upgrades were needed to stay in compliance with the EPA. Our water system was leaky with pipes approaching the end of their useful lives.

The Council and I agreed that we needed to get our financial house in order before attacking these other problems. We cut spending, froze wages, and began paying off outstanding accounts payable and long-term debt. We made audits a priority. On December 15, 2015, we submitted our 2015 audit to the state, the first one turned in on time in at least twelve years. We were immediately rewarded with a state sponsored grant/loan package to help upgrade the wastewater plant. We intend to aggressively pursue more of these awards, but the reality is that competition for these monies is fierce.

The Village is now in a good position to move forward. As of June 30, 2016, we have paid off all the overdue accounts payable that we had some four-and-a-half years ago and are current on all A/P accounts now. We paid off seven loans, including the mortgage on Village Hall, and reduced our long-term debt to $12 million. We have begun a plan to pay off all current debt within 10-11 years. We have almost $300K in reserves and two pay-periods worth of cash at all times.

In my next article, I will outline the reasons the Council and I, along with the Village staff, feel it is the right time to propose a bond issue to the electorate to initiate a program to rebuild our aging infrastructure.

Thank you for your support.

Barbara Cottam, Mayor, Village of Angel Fire

2nd Forum: Wednesday August 10th, 2016 at 5:30 pm at the Angel Fire Community Center Rotunda

3rd Forum: Monday August 29th, 2016 at 5:30 pm at Angel Fire Village Hall

These Forums are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.

The vote will be a mail out ballot. It will be mailed out on August 29, 2016. You may mail your ballot back to Terry Cordova or return it on September 13, 2016 between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm.

Village Of Angel Fire Meetings

voafSpecial Village Council Meeting

This is a special called meeting of the Angel Fire Village Council. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

When: April 18, 2016 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Where: Village Hall, 3388 Mountain View Blvd

Village Council Meeting

This is a regular scheduled council meeting. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

When: April 26, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: Village Hall, 3388 Mountain View Blvd

Sustainability Committee Meeting

When: April 27, 2016 at 9:00 am

Where: Village Hall, 3388 Mountain View Blvd

2016 Community Wildfire Protection Plan Update

afnmJoin members of the public, Village Officials, and local stakeholders in the 1st public meeting to discuss the 2016 update to the 2009 Village of Angel Fire Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and learn about progress made since 2009 to reduce wildfire risk in your community.

When: March 29, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Community Center

Your input is needed! Involving residents and other local stakeholders is a key component of the CWPP update process.

The CWPP core team needs your input on:

What areas, neighborhoods, or projects should the Village prioritize?

What progress have you, your neighbors, adjacent landowners and/or the village taken since 2009 to address wildfire risk?

What should be included in the 2016 CWPP update?

2016 Community Wildfire Protection Plan Update

plan-updateJoin members of the public, Village Officials and local stakeholders in the 1st public meeting to discuss the 2016 update to the 2009 Village of Angel Fire Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and learn about progress made since 2009 to reduce wildfire risk in your community.

When: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Where: Angel Fire Community Center, 15 CS Ranch Road, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Your input is needed! Involving residents and other local stakeholders is a key component of the CWPP update process. The CWPP core team needs your input on:

  • What areas, neighborhoods or projects should the Village prioritize?
  • What process have you, your neighbors, adjacent landowners and/or the village take since 2009 to address wildfire risk?
  • What should be included in the 2016 CWPP update?

For more information please visit the project website at www.forestguild.org/angelfirecwpp, contact Matt Piccarello at matt@forestguild.org or call 505-983-8992.

Public Meeting Regarding Broadband

public-meetingThis is a public notice that there will be a public meeting with Kit Carson regarding the issues with broadband.

When: February 19, 2016 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Community Center

Louis Reyes with Kit Carson will address issues with broadband service.

If you are an individual who is in need of any auxiliary aid or service to attend the meeting please contact the Village Clerks Office at 575-377-3232 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Village of Angel Fire
Angel Fire, NM 87710
575-377-3232