Miami — The Town of Miami’s new sewage treatment plant is going full steam ahead following a ribbon cutting ceremony held last week. Mayor Rosemary Castaneda reported that there were “lots of dignitaries” at the ribbon cutting and it was an opportunity to demonstrate to various grant and funding sources that “our staff has extensive knowledge” about the intricacies of operating the system.
Castaneda went on to praise the town’s wastewater advisory board for its diligence. “We are grateful for the many eyes that are looking at this,” she said.
The council tabled action to appoint Miami Genesis Inc. as managers of the newly remodeled Bullion Plaza Gym. With council members Robert Baeza, Mike Black and Sammy Gonzales absent, the council had a scant quorum of only four people.
Both Castaneda and Vice Mayor Susan Hanson are members of Genesis, so they would have had to recuse themselves from making any decisions. Only Councilmen Don Reiman and Darryl Dalley would have been left, which would not have allowed a decision-making quorum.
Jim Coates of the Miami Arts Commission received approval for his group to sponsor the annual “Art Walk” on April 25, 26,and 27. The event is usually held in March but it is hoped that the milder weather will be more inviting.
Monday night’s “call to the public” ushered in former mayor Chuy Canizales and former town clerk Richard Canizales.
Chuy complained that the council will not put him on its agenda so he can refute statements regarding alleged mishandling of federal Brownsfield funds. The irregularities were said to have occurred under his administration as mayor.
Richard complained that trash had flown into his neighborhood when it was being transferred by town staff. “You need to train these guys and have proper supervision over them,” he told the council. “Maybe we need to get rid of ya.”
A contingent of Miami High School students also addressed the council. The teens expressed their disappointment that the parks in Miami had not yet been designated as non-smoking areas.
The council had questioned the methodology of a survey done by the teens that indicated that about three-quarters of residents want the parks smoke free.
Student Andrew Miller said he did not feel that the students should repeat their survey using more rigorous scientific methods to prove that actual Miami residents are calling for the action. “We’re all one community and we’re kind of like family around here,” said Miller, who resides in Globe.
Shelby Steele said most of the gallons of cigarette butts picked up from the parks were found in the picnic and playground areas, both places that could have a tremendous effect on children’s health.
Council members remained silent because they are prohibited from responding to comments that are not specifically on the agenda.