Mayor's Message for June 14th, 2024

Flags at sunrise

Today is Flag Day.  Flag Day is a holiday celebrated on June 14 in the United States. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The Flag Resolution stated "That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” The United States Army also celebrates the U.S. Army birthday on this date, as Congress adopted the American continental army after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.

A meeting was held on Wednesday, June 13, by the MRGCD regarding the siphon and prospects for the future water supply for irrigation here in the valley. The recording is available on the Village website for those who are interested and didn’t know about it or if you want to review what was said. You can watch that recording here: https://www.corrales-nm.org/community/meeting/corrales-siphon-update.

The Village will have a presentation by Principal Landscape Architect and Certified Arborist Amy Bell from Groundworks Studio to discuss a New Properties Feasibility Study in a Work Study with the Village Council prior to the regular meeting on June 25 at 5:30. This study was initiated through a service contract with New Mexico MainStreet and was requested by the Village council to assist the Village in planning use of properties in the commercial core area. Like all Village Council meetings, you can watch live from home by ZOOM. The focus will be how to proceed with the properties for agricultural use, maintaining open space, provide trails to join properties, develop public parking areas in the Village, provide for free standing public bathrooms (not port-a-potties), develop the Old Bank building for community use, enlarge La Entrada Park, and and do this in a fiscally responsible manner. The administration believes some of this work can be done by our Public Works staff.

Our annual July 4th parade is coming up. If you would like to register to have a float or otherwise be in the parade, you will need to register online. You can find the parade registration information HERE. The parade will start at 10 AM on July 4th at Corrales Elementary School and end at the Rec Center at 500 Jones Road.

Corrales Growers’ Market is Sunday, 6/16, at 9 AM. Get there early and beat the heat plus you can get the best produce. Additional parking is available just north of the post office. Don’t forget to buy a ticket for the dinner for 10 people by Chef Jon Young. Drawing for the winner will be September 8.

On June 18, Tuesday, the Arts and Cultural District and Cultural Compound Plan will be hosted at the Village Pizza at 6 PM by Corrales MainStreet. We are seeking your input for the cultural plan draft. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the plan and express any thoughts or ideas you have.

Volunteers are needed to remodel the Old Church Annex kitchen and restrooms. If you’ve got skills and can help, contact Jeff Jones, 505-977-9264 or chspreservation [at] corraleshistory.org ()

HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE

We want everyone to enjoy the 4th of July but in a safe manner that does not lead to fires or injuries. The Village of Corrales, under Resolution 24-34, has limited fireworks to only ground and hand-held sparkling devices, cone fountains; crackling devices; cylindrical fountains; flitter sparklers; ground spinners; illuminating torches; and wheels. No cone or fountain can have effects over 10 feet in the air.  Fireworks cannot be self-propelled and allowable fireworks must be on barren or paved land.  Fireworks are NEVER allowed in the Bosque and the following are NEVER allowed in Corrales aerial devices:  aerial shell kit-reloadable tubes; aerial spinners; helicopters; mines; missile-type rockets; multiple tube devices; roman candles; shells;  stick-type rocket.  In 2018 an estimated 19,5000 fires were a result of fireworks in the US. This included 1,900 homes, 500 cars and multiple outdoor and wildland fires. These fires caused $105 million in damages, according to National Fire Protection Association.   In 2022 the Consumer Products Safety Commission reports 10,000 people were seen in the ER for fireworks injuries and there were 11 deaths.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • TODAY – Lunch Bunch hosted by Corrales MainStreet at Ex-Novo Brewery 12 PM. Come chat with MainStreet about the Village. This event takes place every Friday.
  • SUNDAY – Grower’s Market 9 AM
  • MONDAY – Tie Die craft at the library 2 PM
  • TUESDAY – Arts and Cultural District and Cultural Compound Plan meeting 6 PM at Village Pizza
  • WEDNESDAY – Village offices, including the library are closed for the Juneteenth holiday
  • THURSDAY – Summer movie at the library 1 PM “My Neighbor Totoro”
  • FRIDAY – Teen Zine Making at the library 2 PM

Be safe. Obey the posted speed limits when driving. Be aware of your surroundings. Watch for pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. If walking your dog, have them on a leash. There are coyotes in the village so keep your animals close. Should you encounter a coyote, get large. Raise your arms, wave your hands, and make noise. Enjoy your weekend in our wonderful community.

Jim Fahey
Mayor
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