November 22, 2017

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

Spare Part Art Fundraiser

spare-part-artJoin us for the first Spare Part Art fundraiser and silent art auction. Recycling old junk not only benefits the environment, it breaths new life into old objects that were once destined for the landfill.

When: September 5, 2015 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Where: 3375 Mountain View Boulevard (Behind Mountain Sports)

Roll up your sleeves and turn trash into a masterpiece of art. Everyone is invited to enter a piece of recycled art. Everyone is invited to purchase a piece of artwork! Participate in this unique art experience while listening to live music.

Proceeds benefit the Village of Angel Fire Sustainability Committee, the Moreno Valley Arts Council and the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

To enter a piece of art please call Louise at 214-437-1362 or Jo at 575-377-6353.

Thanks From The Mayor

tree-lightingThe Village of Angel Fire would like to thank the following for their efforts in making the Tree Lighting Ceremony so successful. Thank you to the Angel Fire Proud Committee for organizing this event; thanks to John Burt, Luke, Hector and Tyler Gurule for the tree decorating; to Angel Fire Resort for the use of the gazebo and park area; thanks to Nancy Burch for providing the horses and carriage; thank you Angel Fire Proud Committee and Village employees for baking cookies for the event; thanks to Jimmy Linton for organizing the Visitor Center and clean-up; thank you Beth Tafoya, Tom Kear and the Girl Scouts for singing carols; thanks Shall We Dance dancers for some great dance routines; and special thanks to Santa for making an appearance at the event. There are many others that helped make this event a success and we thank all who played a part.

Sincerely,

Mayor Barbara Cottam

Photo courtesy of Jacqui Binford-Bell.

Council Organizational Meeting

afnmFollowing the election on March 4, 2014, Charles (Chuck) Howe and D. Rogers Lanon were elected to the Angel Fire Village Council. The organizational meeting for the new council will take place on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM in council chambers at Village Hall, 3388 Mountain View Blvd. Angel Fire, NM. Councilors Howe and Lanon will be ceremonially sworn in by Richard Hill, Municipal Judge and the Village Council will conduct other business at this meeting.

When: March 18, 2014

The public is invited and encouraged to attend and meet the new council.

Angel Fire Fall Clean-Up Day

clean-upGet your teams together! Meet at Village Hall for coffee and donuts and to pick up trash bags.

When: Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 9:00 am to Noon

Hot Dogs will be provided for all who participate at Village Hall.

Sponsored by Angel Fire Proud and the Village of Angel Fire.

2014 Angel Fire Visitor Guide

afnmWe, the Village of Angel Fire, are working on the 2014 Angel Fire Visitor Guide (print and online), to be printed in October. Limited advertising space is available. To place your ad please call Joe at: 575-595-0575 or email Lesley at lesley@feeldesignassociates.com.

The theme for this years Visitor Guide will center around the 2014 New Mexico True Campaign which is true “Stories” about your adventures and cultural experiences while visiting, living and playing in New Mexico. If you have an interesting story or anecdote about Angel Fire, please call Joe at 575-595-0575. Please make your placements early.