Weekly Village Update

  1. For Week Ending August 11, 2018

    This week in the Village...
    • The Village recently hosted the legislature’s Transportation Infrastructure Revenue Subcommittee (TIRS) Meeting in Los Lunas on Tuesday, August 7th, at the Transportation Center. The Village gave a presentation on current and future economic development and transportation projects in Los Lunas, was well as an update on the I-25 Interchange and East-West Corridor Project. The presentation was well-received, and we responded to many questions, and suggestions for assistance.   
    • National Night Out occurred on Tuesday, August 7th, and was incredibly successful. The Village thanks everyone that assisted with National Night Out, especially LLPD Detective Nikki DeAnda and Police Clerk Misty Shiplet who organized the event. We were able to provide approximately 500 kids with backpacks and school supplies to start their school year. Albertsons graciously donated enough food and drinks to feed 1500 people! Our officers working the car seat clinic inspected numerous car seats and provided free new car seats to those individuals using expired ones. R&R Glass in Los Lunas donated 5 bicycles that were raffled off during the event.
    • The first Los Lunas Tourism Task Force meeting was held on Monday, August 6, 2018. It was attended by over 50 people from Valencia County, representing local businesses and area agencies. There were also representatives from the Village Council and P&Z. Overall, there was a lot of support for regional tourism with participants agreeing to meet once a month. Several other agencies have already offered to host an upcoming meeting.
    • The Range Café is coming to the Village of Los Lunas. It will occupy the former Henrietta’s Restaurant. Total investment, two million dollars, 50-60 jobs, opening first quarter of 2019.
    • Sakura Japanese restaurant opened Thursday, August 9th. Located in the Los Cerritos Shopping Center east of Applebee’s.
  2. For Week Ending August 4, 2018

    This week in the Village...
    • Village staff met with John Pate from Molzen Corbin to continue our space needs analysis (programming evaluation) for Village Hall and the Library. Staff will present conclusions and recommendations to the Governing Body when ready.
    • Los Lunas Open Space Park Rangers located two individuals caught in a lighting and rain storm on the Los Lunas Preserve about a mile and half from the trailhead. The individuals were driven back to their vehicle at the trailhead.
    • The Summer Reading Program at the Library held it’s last events for the Summer. The events consisted of a packed house for Bob Martin’s Houdini Magic Show, Painting with Terry the Paint Fairy, and a talent show.
  3. For Week Ending July 28, 2018

    This week in the Village...
    • The Fiscal Year 2018-19 Final Budget was approved at the Village Council meeting on July 26, 2018. The Final Budget will be posted on the Village website, and the official FY 2018-19 Budget Document will be prepared and distributed by staff in the next couple of months.
    • Friends of the Los Lunas Library and Museum are planning a dinner and dance fundraiser with the theme "Once Upon a Time in the West," to be held at the Southwest Event Center on September 15, 2018. Tickets are $50.00/person. Contact the Library for more information. 
    • Desert Fox Paving has started the $2.3 million NM 314 Bike Lane Improvement Project. This project is scheduled for completion in 280 days and has various improvements planned, including sidewalks, bicycle lanes, lighting, medians, driveway access controls, signage, and landscape improvements. This $2.4 million project is being primarily funded by a Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Grant, with a required 20% match from the Village.

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