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City of Raton to get armory building

RATON — Raton City Commissioners accepted a one-year lease agreement for the National Guard Armory located on city property near the Crews Field airport. The National Guard no longer has a use for the facility and has vacated the building. The National Guard Armory Board approved the lease agreement at their meeting this week in Santa Fe. The agreement will not cost the city any money. After the Guard cleans up lead contamination at an indoor shooting range, they will turn the building over to the city. City officials did not announce an immediate use for the facility In other business, commissioners approved a grant from the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department for fire equipment. Grant matching funds will come from monies the fire department received from wild land fire fighting. The total of the grant is $17,119.30. In financial matters, commissioners heard the deficit in gross receipts taxes is indeed an error at New Mexico Taxation and Revenue in the hold harmless funds in lieu of taxes on food products. They

hope to get that error corrected soon and the city should hear something by mid-February. City treasurer Michael Anne Antonucci indicated the GRT continues to fall short of the budgeted amount by 4.8% or $77,895.25. It is expected the difference in the budgeted and actual amount of GRT will close after the error is corrected. This error is affecting all of the municipalities in Colfax County, not just Raton. Commissioners also approved budget adjustment #5 for FY16 that also includes a transfer of funds so the city may make an additional payment on the aquatic center debt service as a result of additional monies received from the ¼% tax. Commissioners approved the applications for Municipal Arterial Program funds and COOP funds for street repairs. The city is requesting $300,000 in MAP funds for Hospital Drive improvements, and $100,000 COOP funds for street resurfacing projects. Raton City Manager Scott Berry said city crews are still patching potholes and working on Memorial Lane and building crews have been working on the kitchen at the convention center. Berry also touched on openings at the police and fire department and noted the ISO rating inspection has been delayed to April. Commissioners met in executive session to discuss the collective bargaining negotiations with the police and fire departments. The next regular meeting is set for 6 pm February 9.