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District 3 Newsletter, Edition #5

04/16/2020

In This Edition:

Important Contact information
A Message from the Commissioner
Work Goes on in District 3
How You Can Help
Community Resources
A Good Read, Listen & Look


IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION:

Important Telephone Numbers to Keep Handy

COVID19 hotline
1-855-600-3453

Non-health related COVID19 hotline
1-833-551-0518

For an updated one-stop source of COVID19 information, click on: www.newmexico.gov/


MESSAGE FROM THE COMMISSIONER:

The beginning of the second month of living with COVID19 is a good time to revisit the Stay-at-Home orders. Remember that by strictly adhering to these regulations, we will slow the progress of the virus, “flatten the curve” and keep our family, friends and neighbors healthy.

In no particular order:

  • Keep a safe distance, 6 feet minimum, between people. This is the size of your living room couch, 2 grocery carts, a small car or, if you are in Florida, a large alligator;
  • Limit groups to 5 people or less, including family gatherings, such as birthday, graduation or anniversary celebrations;
  • Only go shopping when necessary. Shop alone and buy only what is necessary. If you use a reusable bag, wash or disinfect it after each trip to the store. Pick up supplies for your elderly neighbors;
  • Wear a cloth mask in public. Wash the mask after each use. Here are directions for making a very simple mask https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBVtkX0yJ4Y. Enjoy the background music;
  • Cough or sneeze into your clothed elbow or a tissue. Avoid touching your face;
  • If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID19, don’t go to the emergency room but call the COVID19 hotline number listed above;
  • Although you can go out to exercise, still practice safe social distancing and group restrictions. Parks are open but do not use the play equipment. Also, please clean up after your dog. We don’t want to pollute our Bosque or other open spaces;
  • Most importantly, wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly and regularly. Hand washing is the very best way to keep the virus from spreading.

I encourage everyone to patronize local businesses whenever possible. Please donate extra food and supplies to one of the many organizations helping our vulnerable citizens.

Remember to thank the people working in the stores & restaurants that are still open, hospital workers and first responders. Don’t forget the person who delivers your daily or newspaper daily or picks up your trash weekly. They are on the front lines, are making personal sacrifices to keep us fed & healthy and providing some normalcy in our life. They need our continued support and encouragement.

Stay safe, stay well and wash your hands — Jim Collie

To see the past newsletters, please go to https://www.bernco.gov/District-3/district-3-newsletter.aspx

For the latest edition of the BernCo at a Glance, click here https://conta.cc/3ba8kXs

To apply for an Absentee Ballot, click herewww.bernco.gov/clerk/


WORK GOES ON IN DISTRICT 3

BernCo Update

Cultural Services

North Golf Course Yale Streetscape project is a re-do of parts of the trail with new fencing and landscaping along Yale north of the clubhouse. It will be completed later this month and will use all but a portion of the remaining capital outlay funds.

Work will continues on the proposed design for the barren fairways project with MRWM pending a community meeting, the university and county modifying the MOU, and the County and University finding funding to undertake design and construction of the project. The AMAFCA led project to improve the drainage and limit erosion in this area will also need to be undertaken before construction of any landscape can happen.

The Stark Property Urban Open Space Project, 905 Espanola NE, to put amenities in place is moving forward. We hope to start installing the irrigation system in July and erecting the shade structure in November.

The naming request process should begin in the next few of weeks. Timelines and priorities are always unpredictable but especially at this time due to COVID19; completion dates might change. The Urban Space Project is part of the International District Urban Agriculture project and has continued support from BernCo Senior and Social Services.

The Healthy Neighborhoods Albuquerque (HNA) Collaborative, https://www.hnabq.org/ has slowed a bit for now as all member entities are addressing COVID issues. Work is continuing on Project Hire (placing interns with the various member institutions) and Buy Local (improving and increasing institutional procurement). Created in 2016 HNA is collaborative of anchor institutions for the purpose of developing partnerships and collaborative projects that leverage the members’ capacities to buy local and hire local, as well as promote business development in underinvested neighborhoods.

The partners include: Albuquerque Community Foundation, Albuquerque Public Schools, Bernalillo County, Central New Mexico Community College, City of Albuquerque, and Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

Public Works
Central Avenue HAWK Signal – Design and installation of a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon on Central Ave between Texas Street and Utah Street. Project is under design with construction scheduled to begin July 2020 and be completed by end of summer 2020 to coincide with the completion of the Tiny Home Village.

Tiny Home Village -Creation of Tiny Home Village, including new community building with kitchen and bathrooms, up to 30 homes, site work, and selective renovation of existing structure. Project is under construction with work scheduled for completion by the end of summer 2020.

City / County Partnered Projects

International District Lighting – Street lighting is being installed in 18 locations within the International District using a combination of county bond funds and state capital outlay appropriated to county. These locations are identified through a joint effort of the then District 3

Commissioner, the City Councilor and APD to increase the safety and security of the public. The City is installing these streetlights through their Citelum contract. Work is underway and is scheduled to be completed by the end of summer 2020.

Cutler Avenue Lighting - the County contributed $20,000.00 towards the City’s lighting project on Cutler Avenue between Carlisle Boulevard and Washington Street.

Amherst Drive and Marquette Drive Traffic Calming Improvements – The county is providing county road bonds to pay for the design and construction for traffic calming improvements at the intersection of Amherst Drive and Marquette Drive. The City of Albuquerque will be leading the design and construction effort and the project is currently in the design phase.

CABQ Update

The city of Albuquerque is proceeding with nearly $70 million in construction projects. Some of the projects currently under construction or starting in the next six months include the following in District 3:

  • International District Library
  • ADA upgrades throughout south east Albuquerque
  • Central Underpass pedestrian renovation
  • Median landscaping in key city locations
  • Pinned Medians along ART route
  • Cross walk improvements
  • HAWK Signal in Nob Hill

The City is also investing roughly $23 million into street rehabilitation and repaving across the city, $1.5 million in restriping existing roadway, and $1 million for median upgrades on West Central within the next six months.


HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Support Local Business
The following websites and directories have been recently created to support New Mexico businesses. You can order out or buy a gift card to use later:

iHeartABQ.com

WhatsOpenNM.com

BuyNMLocal.com


COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) On-Line Family Support
NAMI Family Support Group is a free support group for individuals 18 years and older. NAMI Family Support Group is a place that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope weekly, bi-weekly or monthly via ZOOM. For more information, call Cy Stanton, 1-505-321-4522 or cy@naminewmexico.org or visit their website at https://naminewmexico.org/join-family-support/

Money Smart New Mexico
Wednesday, April 22nd, 1:00-2:00pm, FDIC is hosting a webinar for Money Smart New Mexico to help consumers develop a plan to recover financially from the COVID19 Stay at Home Order and how to identify scams. To register https://cvent.me/Yg8B25

Kitchen Creations
Saturday, May 2nd, 5th, 16th and 23rd, Kitchen Creations is hosting free, online diabetes cooking classes highlighting healthy versions of New Mexican and Soul Food. Call 1-575-202-5065 to sign up. For more information https://lincolnextension.nmsu.edu/kitchen-creations-.html

Residents in need of assistance can find resources below:

If you are in an unsafe environment due to domestic violence, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

To get information on Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, visit https://www.albuquerqueaa.org/wondering-about-the-coronavirus-and-aa-meetings/ or contact 505-266-1900

The New Mexico Crisis and Access Line has counselors available 24/7 to speak at 855-662-7474.

The Department of Senior Affairs can be reached at 505-764-6400. A full list of resources available for seniors can found at https://www.cabq.gov/news/coronavirus-impacts-on-city-services

The Child Abuse Hotline can be reached at 505-841-6100.

Adult Protective Services, contact 505-476-4912.

The Agora Crisis Center is available at 505-277-3013 or https://agoracares.org for anyone needing compassionate, non-judgmental emotional support.


A GOOD READ, LISTEN & LOOK:

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