By Thomas Garcia
QCS Senior Writer
Mayor Ruth Ann Litchfield signed proclamations honoring the Rattlers and Lady Rattlers basketball team’s season and establishing a Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran’s Day.
In her second meeting as Tucumcari’s mayor, Litchfield signed two proclamations commending and celebrating the achievements of the Tucumcari Rattlers and Lady Rattlers basketball team’s season.
The Rattlers finished the season with a 21-6, 6-0 record, a District 5 3A championship, and were the 3A state runners-up.
The Lady Rattlers finished the season with a 18-8, 5-1 record, a first-time District 5 3A championship and a second round appearance in the 3A state basketball tournament.
“We are all proud of our Rattler and Lady Rattler teams,” Litchfield said.
A third proclamation was signed by Litchfield that established March 29, as Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran’s Day.
Litchfield said she had the honor of attending a luncheon with several local veterans held at the VFW Post 2528 in conjunction with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich’s visit to Tucumcari.
City commissioners approved the first reading on Ordinance1136, which when approved, will add chapter 5.30 to the Tucumcari City Municipal Code governing rummage, garage and yard sales.
This proposed change to the municipal code will require residents to obtain a permit at no cost from the city in order to hold a garage, rummage or yard sale, said City Manager Jared Langenegger.
Langenegger said with the passing of the ordinance, there would also be a limit of four garage sales for a resident per year. He said the times for the garage, rummage and yard sales must be held between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., and cannot be held for more than three consecutive days.
Additional requirements are:
• Signs for the garage, yard and rummage sales must be temporary in nature and no larger than 24 by 24 inches.
• Signs may be posted no more than two days prior to the sales and must be removed 24 hours after the sale.
• No more than four signs can be posted throughout the city for any person holding a garage, yard or rummage sale.
Provisions of this new chapter will not affect:
• Persons who are acting in accordance, within their powers, a court of competent jurisdiction.
• Persons who are acting in accordance with their powers and duties as a public official.
• Duly licensed auctioneers who are selling at auction.
• Organized fundraising events sponsored by a registered non-profit organization.
• Sales expressly permitted by law.
Langenegger said violators of the new ordinance would be cited and have to appear in court. He said Municipal Judge Joe Dominguez would determine what action to take.
In other business, commissioners:
• Approved the 2016 Youth Conservation Corps service agreement. The agreement will provide 68,497.38 for the hiring of seven local youths (18-25) in a project to benefit the city. The agreement is $39,710.32 grant and $28,787.06 in-kind match (use of city equipment, personnel).
• Approved the submission of a capital outlay application of $128,943.58 to be used for renovations of the Tucumcari Senior Citizens Building.
• Approved waiving of fees at the Tucumcari Convention Center for Rawhide Days April 15 and 16.
• Appointed liaisons to the city’s advisory boards.
• Rejected the bid for construction of phase II of the Daub’s addition water and street improvements. The one bid from K. Barnett and Sons Inc. was 10 percent greater than the projected cost of the project.
• Signed a proclamation establishing April 5 as National Service Recognition Day.