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Council approves $1.3M in capital outlay funding

The city council runoff election for districts 1 and 6 seats on the Rio Rancho Governing Body will be Tuesday, April 12, the governing body decided Wednesday.

The runoff pits the two candidates in each district who finished with the most votes in the March 1 municipal election against each other.

In District 1, former Mayor Jim Owen (who received 46 percent of the vote) will face newcomer Joshua Hernandez, who finished with 39 percent.

In District 6, incumbent Lonnie Clayton (21 percent) will try to keep his seat against former City Councilor David Bency (42 percent).

Under city election code, runoffs are necessary if no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the votes.

Applications for absentee ballots for the runoff are now available and can be obtained only from the city clerk’s office in City Hall, either in person or by phone (891-5004.) All applications must be completed and accepted by the clerk before 5 p.m. on April 8.

The clerk will accept completed absentee ballots by mail, in person by the voter casting the absentee ballot, by a member of the voter’s immediate family or by the voter’s caregiver until 7 p.m. on April 12. The ballots may be marked in person in the clerk’s office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from March 14 through April 8.

Early voting will be March 23 through April 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at City Hall and at Loma Colorado Main Library, 755 Loma Colorado Blvd.

Voting on Election Day will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Rio Rancho City Hall, Meadowlark Senior Center, Mountain View Middle School and Soul Rio Community Church.

In other business Wednesday, City Manager Keith Riesberg reported that Rio Rancho will receive more than $1.3 million in capital outlay funding. The following projects were approved:

  • $68,000 for emergency medical equipment;
  • $225,000 for police storage;
  • $385,000 for police replacement vehicles;
  • $565,000 for Lincoln Avenue extension;
  • $90,000 for Sports Complex North improvements; and
  • $40,000 for sports complex improvements.

Reisberg said $140,000 for Meadowlark Senior Center improvements, $138,000 to improve Meadowlark meal programs, and a $3.4 million project to finish the design plans, finalize location, and begin infrastructure and site improvements for a new senior center will be included on the general obligation bond bill that will be presented to voters statewide in November.

Councilors also approved a resolution authorizing the disposal of 14 police vehicles via trade for $9,100, as well as approving an ordinance authorizing a $259,950 loan agreement for six new police vehicles.