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District 3 Newsletter, Edition # 17

08/13/2020

In This Edition:
Message from the Commissioner
Contact Information
BernCo at Work
Community Resources
Things to Do
Interesting Reads


MESSAGE FROM THE COMMISSIONER:

We're baaaaaaack!

After a short summer respite, the District 3 Newsletter will start reappearing in your in-box on a bi-monthly basis (or is it bi-weekly? Anyway, twice a month). Rather than the pandemic, the focus of the newsletter will be what is happening in Bernalillo County, the actions of the BernCo Commission and community events. There will be COVID19 updates as needed. Please let Janis, jhartley@bernco.gov, know what is going on in your neighborhood so that she can include the information in upcoming editions. If there is other information that you think should be in the newsletter, please let us know.

It has been a busy July — almost 4,000 face masks were distributed -- Thanks to Cathy Sanchez, Urban Health Extension Coordinator; Danette Townsend, ABC Schools; Trey Hammond, La Mesa Presbyterian Church and Bobby Ehrig, Veterans Integration Center, and to TenderLove and SW Creations for sewing those masks. Work continues on the International District Public Library and the Tiny Home Village; ground was broken for the CARES Campus expansion; a HAWK, Central Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Signal, will be installed at Texas and Zuni SE; the MileHi Farmers’ Market reopened, Sundays, 10:00am-1:00pm, through September 27th. And, that is just in District 3! Read about what else is going on in BernCo below.

Several important reminders:

It is not too early to start thinking about voting in the November 3rd, General Elections. For all the information you need, go to the Secretary of State’s website, click here. You can also register to vote or update your voter registration at the County Clerk's Website. The County Clerk will be sending applications for absentee ballots to all Bernalillo County registered voters in early September. It is important to request the ballot early so that you have plenty of time to vote and return the ballot by mail before the November 3rd, deadline. Voting by mail is the safest way to vote this year and you want to make sure that your ballot is counted.

If you haven’t completed the 2020 Census, please do so today! Our city, county and state depend on the financial resources (New Mexico receives over 7 billion dollars a year in federal funds.) that a complete count will provide. There is no citizenship question or requirement. Remind your friends, neighbors and family to complete the census. To complete the Census today on-line: https://my2020census.gov/

We are still under the Governor’s Public Health Orders that require the wearing of face masks in all public places, including exercise; a limitation on large gatherings; keeping 6 feet of social distance; self-quarantine when returning from an out of state trip and for visitors from out of state; occupancy restrictions for business and houses of worship. Remember following these simple orders will allow students to return to in-school classes and more businesses to fully reopen.

I look forward to meeting again for our monthly Neighborhood Luncheons. Until then -- take care, stay well, wash your hands frequently and ALWAYS wear a facemask when out in public – Jim Collie

PS -- If you can think of someone who would like to receive this newsletter, please forward this e-mail to them. Don’t forget -- we’d love to include your events. Please send all the details to jhartley@bernco.gov, or call the District 3 office at 505-414-6900.


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 here.

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, https://conta.cc/2POQJLB


BERNCO AT WORK:

County Commission

Sheriff’s Office Advisory Board

At the Tuesday, Aug. 11, Commissioner Meeting, the Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to advance an ordinance sponsored by Commissioner Collie that would create an “Advisory and Review Board” for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. As proposed, the board would have 9 members; 5 appointed by the Commissioners and 4 elected from applicants. Duties of the Advisory Board include investigations into the sheriff’s office’s operational policies, practices, processes and procedures and authorize outside experts to conduct audits and reviews.

The Commission voted moved the proposal to a 30-day publication phase. It will be brought back to the Commission for a final vote in September

To read the ordinance and send in a comment click here

CARES Act Small Business Grant Program

The Commissioner approved a second application process for the CARES small business grant program. To qualify the business or non-profit must be located within Bernalillo County, have a business license, have between one and 50 full-time employees or the part-time equivalent and cannot have more than $3million in annual taxable receipts.

Application for the grants will open on Monday, August 17th and close on Sunday, august 23rd. For more information, click here.

Community Workforce Agreement

On a 3 to 2 voted the Commission passed the proposed Community Workforce Agreement for certain public works construction projects. The Community Workforce Agreement will allow the County to enter into pre-hire collective bargaining agreements with labor organizations that establish the terms and conditions of employment. The agreement will support the County’s goals of improving labor management relations, construction quality & efficiency and providing more workforce development opportunities and pre-apprenticeship training programs.

A final vote on the proposed agreement will be held in September. Click here to read the ordinance.

Economic Development

The Bernalillo County Economic Development (ED) Department has played a key role in sustaining and reviving our local economy from the financial impact of COVID-19. Since the shutdown, the Econ Dev team has been involved with a multitude of county initiatives - starting with local business outreach and the “Pitch In” competition that debuted in March. Since then, the Economic Development Department has continued their efforts by developing and managing three County programs: Small Business Administration Services Assistance Program, CARES Small Business Grant Program, and the Outdoor Dining Grant Program. To date, the ED Department has conducted outreach to over 140 county businesses and has financially assisted over 350 local business owners.

  1. Small Business Assistance Program Administration Services (April)
    i. $500,000
    ii. Funded local organizations that assist small businesses with services such as counseling, training, technical assistance, and more
  2. CARES Small Business Grant Program (June)
    i. $5,000,000
    ii. Emergency financial support to assist local small business owners with costs associated with business interruption caused by required closures
  3. Outdoor Dining Grant Program (July)
    i. $200,000
    ii. Financial support for food establishments to expand outdoor dining options for their customers
    iii. Funds to assist food establishments with patio equipment, staffing needs, planning costs, signage, insurance, and more

BernCo Parks & Recreation – Open Space

Bernalillo County Open Space and Gutierrez-Hubbell House are introducing Backyard Farming Buzz. Until we can garden together again in person, Backyard Farming Buzz will bring regular updates to help you schedule and plan your late summer and fall garden activities.

Look for the sunflower and bee picture (see bee-low) on the Bernalillo County Parks, Recreation and Open Space page for weather, planting, and planning tips. Let us know what kinds of gardening support would be helpful to you.

Boards & Commissions

If you are interested in serving on a Bernalillo County Board or Commission, please contact Julie A. Baca, jubaca@bernco.gov, to see what positions are available. For a list of Boards & Commissions and for more information, click here.


COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

Governor’s Office

The Small Business Recovery Loan Fund for New Mexico small businesses opened on August 5, and will continue accepting applications through December 31, 2020 or until the funds are gone, whichever comes first.

The loan applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The online application is available at http://www.nmfinance.com.

Enacted by the New Mexico Legislature during the June 2020 Special Session and signed into law by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, this program allocates $400 million in funds to provide loans to businesses that are experiencing financial hardship due to the public health order resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note that this is a loan program, not a grant program.

Albuquerque Public Schools

Grab & Go Meals

Pick Up for Grab & Go Meals will be at APS High Schools starting in August. Families can pick up a week's worth of meals on Mondays. In mid-August, families will need school-issued tickets to pick up meals. Click here for more information.

Masks for Kids

When students return to in-schools classes, they will be required to ware facemasks. KRQE and the Assistance League of Albuquerque are partnering with APS to provide facemasks to students who can’t afford them. To get more information or to purchase masks for students, click here.

City of Albuquerque

The City of Albuquerque Community Recreation and Educational Initiatives Division will be offering a full-day recreation/education program for children during their "distance learning" weeks. The program will begin Monday, August 24 for students with their last name beginning with M-Z, and on Monday, August 31 for children with their last name beginning with A-L. Students K - 8th are eligible. A $5 fee per student will be due at registration.

The registration lottery continues through Friday, August 14, 2020. Those selected from the lottery will be notified on Monday, August 17. Click here for more information.

The City Clerk’s Office is holding in-person voter registration sites at five senior and multigenerational centers. Click here for the locations, dates, times and other information.

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority

ABCWUA is offering Rebates for "Smart" Irrigation Systems. "Smart” irrigation systems irrigate landscapes more efficiently than conventional systems, helping you save money while keeping your plants healthy and looking great throughout the year. If you are ready to invest in a system upgrade to protect the investment you have already made in your landscape, the Water Authority is here to help. Rebates are now available for the purchase of WaterSense Smart Controllers, SWAT Flow Sensors, SWAT Pressure Regulators, and WaterSense Spray Sprinkler Bodies. Visit www.505outside.com for rebate information.

Reminders from PNM

Safety Information

Monsoon season, strong winds, high heat, and wildfire conditions bring New Mexico mercurial weather patterns and safety hazards that may cause power outages. Here are some quick tips to help support safety in your communities.

  1. Prepare an Outage Kit -- Include non-perishable food (with can opener), cash, copies of important documents, batteries, first aid kit, and small radio.
  2. Do Not Touch Downed/Sagging Power Lines. Assume that power lines and anything touching the lines could be energized and dangerous. Stay far away from these lines and report the line to PNM at 888-342-5766 (888-DIAL-PNM).
  3. Do Not Remove Debris - Branches/Other Objects from Power Lines

Call PNM at 888-342-5766 (888-DIAL-PNM) to report and request its removal.

The desert heat and dry weather increases wildfire risks throughout the state. Reduce your home and/or business fire risk by completing a few chores:Make a family emergency plan and kit

  • Ensure all family members have contact info of a common contact outside of your area/community (in case anyone gets separated)
  • Mow grass and weeds and trim trees/shrubs - remove vegetation around structure
  • Clear gutters, sweep leaves away, and stack firewood away from the home/business
  • Sign up for emergency fire alert notifications via NM Fire Information Website

Visit PNM.com/safety for more safety info and check out PNM.com/outage for outage updates and/or to report an outage online. To report an outage from your cellphone, text #OUT to 78766 from the cellphone number registered to your PNM account. If you're on social media, follow @PNMelectric on Facebook and @PNMtalk on Twitter to also receive outage updates and company announcements.

Energy Efficiency Incentives

Financial challenges and fallout from the pandemic continue to affect us all. From now until the end of December, PNM is increasing its energy efficiency incentives for eligible equipment replacement and upgrades by 20 percent. PNM has discounts, rebates, and free assessments through trade allies that can PERMANENTLY lower energy-related operating costs to help support our communities.

Visit PNM.com/bizrebates, or, call 877-607-0741 to learn more. Ask about eligibility for LOW/NO-COST:

  • A/C Tune Up
  • Quick Saver Program
  • & More . . .

Residential customers may also learn more about how they can lower their energy bills through energy efficiency by visiting: https://www.pnm.com/save-money-and-energy

Roadrunner Food Bank

The SeedCorps program is partnering with the Roadrunner Food Bank. They are actively recruiting for full-time, half-time and response team members staring in September 2020. Benefits of becoming a SeedCorps member include a modest monthly stipend, an educational award upon completion of the program, professional development and an opportunity to serve the food insecure communities of New Mexico.

For more information and applications for the full-time and half-time positions click here and the application for the response team positions click here.


THINGS TO DO:

 

Santa Fe Indian Market

Because of the pandemic, the Santa Fe Indian Market has gone entirely virtual this year. For more information on the on-line events and dates, click here.

Chatter Summer Concert Series Online

Albuquerque Museum presents the 11th anniversary of the Chatter summer concert series with music inspired by the exhibition, Trinity: Reflections on the Bomb. For concert dates and more information, click here.

U.S. Forest Service

The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands is now offering an option to purchase digital day use passes online through Recreation.gov. The pass can be used for all developed recreation sites that charge a day use fee on the Black Kettle and Sandia Ranger Districts.

To purchase the pass, visit the Cibola site on recreation.gov select the Cibola Day Use Pass, enter the day of visitation, billing information and license plate. If you purchase your pass on-site, no printed copy of the pass will be available. Instead, your license plate number will be used to verify purchase. If purchasing your pass in advance, you can print a copy for your vehicle. Fold the printed pass along the dotted line and display it on your vehicle dashboard with the quick response (QR) code visible at all times during your visit.

Find out more about our recreation pass options, as well as which sites accept the digital pass, on our website.


INTERESTING READS:

More history about pandemic (hope you aren’t tired of it already!):
How Modern Wastewater Treatment Changed Our World, from Interesting Engineering.
Ancient Teeth Show History of Epidemics, from the Washington Post
Wearing a mask has always been controversial, from the New York Times
How the 1918 Pandemic Got Meme-ified in Jokes, Songs and Poems from the Smithsonian Magazine

It’s not just you, drivers are getting worse, click here
Are you missing live concerts? Click here for a complete and updated list of livestreams and virtual concerts.

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