Camino del Medio gets paving facelift, council approves grant

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 8/17/18

During a Tuesday (Aug. 14) regular council meeting, the Taos town council unanimously passed the consent agenda, and it included some good news for residents on Camino del Medio.

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Camino del Medio gets paving facelift, council approves grant

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During a Tuesday (Aug. 14) regular council meeting, the Taos town council unanimously passed the consent agenda, and it included some good news for residents on Camino del Medio.

The agenda called for the approval of grant money to be used for repaving the road, which many residents in town have been looking forward to for some time. The repaving should begin sometime in the late fall and should only take around a week to complete, leaving traffic concerns to a minimum.

“We’re working really hard to make sure all our roads that are in disrepair are taken care of,” said town councilor Nathaniel Evans.

Evans also said the council is determined to maintain infrastructure throughout the town.

Town officials in the public works department said the town will be repaving del Medio north of Camino de La Merced to the La Posta area. Several other roads in town, such as Albright Street and Burch Street, have undergone similar repairs.

The $75,000 the town has budgeted will be combined with a $100,223 grant from the New Mexico Department of Transportation for the construction.

Construction will not include the entire road as the road continues past Taos boundaries into the county. However, the Town will be repaving its portion of the road. 

The council also approved an ordinance continuing the ban of open fires within the town of Taos.

The new ordinance continues to prohibit vegetation fires, smoking within parks and other types of combustible activities; however, it allows the public to obtain a permit for ceremonial fires and other special types of burning. The new ordinance also allows for the use of coal-burning barbecue grills with the stipulation that coals are doused with water once the cooking is complete.

“This is just our routine to keep our ban in place at the time,” said Taos Fire Chief Leroy Gonzales during the meeting. “At this time we are willing and ready to do charcoal burning for cooking and ceremonial fires with a plan in place.”

The council also discussed the possibility of a wood chipper for those who need to get rid of vegetation during the fire ban, and Gonzales agreed, saying that some piles of weeds and vegetation are beginning to pile up. Special permits may be obtained though the fire department to burn weeds, according to the ordinance.

The town has been under fire restrictions for most of the summer due to the dry conditions and lack of the typical afternoon rains.

The consent agenda also contained a separate item for the acceptance of a $50,000 grant for the town to purchase a new street sweeper.

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