The North Central Regional Transit District’s Board of Directors dealt with several minor matters of business in what was otherwise an uneventful meeting on Oct. 2.
The Board approved a land swap with the City of Española for a portion of Silkey Way Road that extends behind its offices in exchange for a strip of land on the north side of the District’s property. That right-of-way could be developed into a road that eventually reaches North McCurdy.
Anthony Mortillaro, executive director, discussed ways that the District would split costs for the improvement of that road with the city.
“We’ll work with the city in reviewing plans for the improvement of the roadway and we’ll pay one half the cost of any improvements,” he said. “So obviously it’s to our benefit and the city’s to hopefully get capital outlay funds.”
The city of Española had been allocated funds from the state Legislature to make improvements to Silkey Way, but Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham vetoed the appropriation due to COVID-19 budget holes.
Española Planning and Land Use Director Richard Hubler spoke in favor of the swap.
“The city is in support of this, and it makes sense, both for future development in that area on NCRTD property and just future development in the area in general,” Hubler said. “And this project has already received the recommendation from the planning commission to proceed. It’s ultimately a decision that will be made by City Council.”
The Board also approved a Memorandum of Agreement between the District and member pueblos to allocate funds received under a federal program called the Tribal Transit Program, as well as funds from the CARES Act.
District Finance Director Tim Mildren presented a list of assets, including office supplies and vehicles, that were to be disposed of. Member agencies had the option to collect items before they go to auction.
Mildren also presented a list of District assets that cost over $5,000, including several new buses purchased with federal funds, which the Board voted to certify.
Because it is a recipient of federal funds, the district must adopt a program to address the needs of disadvantaged businesses, such as businesses owned by historically underrepresented segments of society, when competing for District contracts. The District had already adopted such a plan, but certain deficiencies were found on internal review, namely the lack of a specific small business element.
Peter Dwyer, legal counsel to the District, advised that the Board adopt an amended plan, which it did.
JaNae Sanchez, who has been a driver with the District for one year, was awarded a Safe Driver Award. Teresa Secakuku, dispatcher, was recognized with an Above and Beyond reward for ironing and delinting face masks for the agency on her own time at the height of the pandemic; Keith Martin, driver, was recognized with the same award for cleaning and rehabilitating some bus stops and shelters in Taos; and Stephen Dalquist, executive assistant, was recognized for being positive, supportive and helpful to staff and guests with service requests.