Bernalillo County officials and the Pajarito Mesa community today celebrated a new community building on Pajarito Mesa, delivering on the county’s promise to bring much-needed public services to an unplanned and rural area south of Albuquerque.
The first-ever community building will house county zoning and planning staff, and serve as a staging area for law enforcement, fire and rescue workers.
Commission Chair Art De La Cruz led the effort to secure the building, a portable classroom donated to the county by Albuquerque Public Schools and later refurbished by county staff.
“This is a major step forward for the county and the residents of Pajarito Mesa,” Commission Chair Art De La Cruzsays. “We’re committed to improving public health and safety as we work with the families of Pajarito Mesa to create a more vibrant, permanent community.”
Pajarito Mesa residents will also be able to use the building for community meetings and the county again plans to host the free Summer Lunch Program for children at the facility.
An estimated 400 families live on the mesa, which lacks utilities and services like running water, electricity, trash service and telephone lines. Overall, the area is unplanned.
Many of the vehicle tracks are illegal and not maintained by the county, which means that fire and law enforcement workers can have difficulties responding to emergencies in the area. Crime and illegal dumping have posed problems over the years, as well.
Neighborhood leaders, families, firefighters and deputies attended the event.
In 2010, the county opened a community water station which allows residents to haul clean, safe drinking water to their homes without having to drive long distances.
Also in 2010 the Bernalillo County Fire Department purchased an all-terrain fire truck which can handle the makeshift trails in the area, among other duties.
Commissioner De La Cruz was also successful in pushing for county funds to move the portable building and connect it to necessary utilities.
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