Albuquerque City Council holds first meeting of new year
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s go time for a brand new Albuquerque City Council with three newly sworn-in leaders – Joaquin Baca representing District 2, Nichole Rogers representing District 6, and Dan Champine for District 8.
The council is meeting for the first time Monday night with several big issues on the agenda.
Champine is sponsoring a bill urging the New Mexico Legislature to consider changes to pretrial detention, pointing to an “unacceptable level of lawlessness.”
Rogers will cosponsor a resolution asking the city to create a program for the disposal of human waste on city property, saying the city’s 311 center was contacted nearly 400 times last year to clean up human waste. They’re asking for $100,000.
The new council will also take up Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller’s veto of the council-passed resolution to create a working group for the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board.
During the meeting, Councilor Dan Lewis was elected to serve as council president. He previously served as president in 2013 and 2016.
The council also made these elections:
- Councilor Reneé Grout – Vice President
- Councilor Klarissa Peña – Committee of the Whole Chairwoman
Peña will lead matters concerning the budget and the capital improvements program the mayor proposes. Improvements can include repaving public roads, renovating public places like libraries and other projects.
In response to these elections, Mayor Tim Keller issued this statement:
“I extend my congratulations to Council President Lewis, Vice President Grout and Committee of the Whole Chair Peña. I look forward to working with this new council to advance legislation that elevates Albuquerque and the families who call this city home.”
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