Monthly Archives: September 2020

Public Notice of Proposed Project | City of ABQ

Neighborhood Association Public Meeting Notice
EPC Public Meeting
2021 General Obligation Bond Program

September 23, 2020

Dear City Neighborhood Associations;

In accordance with the procedures of the City of Albuquerque’s Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO) Subsection 14-16-6-4(K)(2) Mailed Public Notice, we are notifying you as a Neighborhood Association Representative that the City of Albuquerque will be submitting a Master Development Plan to be reviewed by the Environmental Planning Commission.

The application is for review and comment on the 2021 General Obligation Bond Program/2021-2030 Decade Plan for city-wide capital improvements.

The anticipated public meeting for this request will be on Thursday November 12th, 2020 beginning at 8:30 am via Zoom.

Meeting ID: 953 0843 7605
Passcode: 107477

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You can check the agenda for the relevant decision-making body online here: or call the Planning Department at 505-924-3860.

NOTE: Anyone may request and the City may require an applicant to attend a City-sponsored facilitated meeting with Neighborhood Associations, based on the complexity and potential impacts of a proposed project [IDO Section 14-16-6-4(D)]. To request a Facilitated Meeting regarding this project, contact the Planning Department at or 505-924-3955. To view and download the Facilitated Meetings Criteria, visit

Please contact me with any questions or concerns at 768-3616 or via

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Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO):

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Let’s Vote! — Absentee Ballots

There are several ways you can can vote:

  • vote in person at your polling place on Election Day (November 3),
  • vote early (before Election Day) in person, or
  • vote by absentee ballot.

This message explains the process for voting by absentee ballot

First, a quick clarification on terminology.  What we’re talking about here is completing your ballot at home and then returning it by mail or hand-delivery, rather than voting in person at a polling place.  There’s been some confusion about “absentee” ballots and “mail-in” ballots, but the two terms refer to the same thing.  Absentee ballots are safe and secure, so don’t hesitate to vote that way if you want to avoid going to the polls to vote in person.

Do I have to prove that I can’t vote in person in order to get an absentee ballot?  No.  Any registered voter who chooses to vote by absentee ballot can do so.

How do I get an absentee ballot?  New Mexico does not send ballots automatically to all registered voters.  If you wish to vote by absentee ballot, you have to request one, and there are several ways to do that:

  • Request your ballot through the Secretary of State’s online portal.  Go to to fill out and submit the application for an absentee ballot online.
  • Get an application for an absentee ballot from your County Clerk’s office.  You may be able to download the application from the Clerk’s website and print it out, or you can contact them by phone or email to ask them to send one to you.  Another option is to go to the office and get the application in person, but many offices are closed or have limited hours due to the pandemic, so make sure they’re open before you go.  If you need to find out the location of the Clerk’s office in your county, or get contact information (phone, email, website), there’s a list on the Secretary of State’s website at  If you get a hard copy of the application rather than submitting it online, complete and sign the form and mail it in or hand-deliver it to the Clerk’s office.
  • Download and print a copy of the application from the Secretary of State’s website.  Fill it in, then mail it or hand-deliver it to the County Clerk’s office.
  • In some counties (but not all), the county clerk will be mailing an application for an absentee ballot to every registered voter.  However, you don’t have to wait – even in these counties, we recommend that you go ahead and request an application using one of the methods listed above.

What information do I have to provide when I apply for an absentee ballot?  Very little information is required:  your name and address as registered, and your signature.  There’s one exception: If you mailed in your voter registration and did not send identification at that time (and you are voting for the first time since you registered), you also have to provide a copy of a photo ID or another document that shows your name and address.  That can be a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, tribal ID, or other government document.  If you already provided identification when you registered, you don’t need to submit it again to get your absentee ballot.

When can I get an absentee ballot?  You can request an absentee ballot now or anytime through Tuesday, October 20.  The application must be received through the Secretary of State’s website or in the County Clerk’s office by 5:00 p.m. on October 20.  County Clerks will begin mailing ballots on October 6 to voters who’ve asked for them.

We strongly recommend that you request your absentee ballot as soon as possible.   Mail-in voting is expected to be widely used this year due to the coronavirus pandemic so demand will be much higher than usual and early requests will help your County Clerk respond.

How do I submit my completed absentee ballot?  The ballot will come to you in the mail, and will include an inner envelope and an outer envelope to be used in returning the ballot to the Clerk.  Once you’ve marked your ballot with your election choices, place it in the inner envelope, sign your name exactly as registered and enter the last four digits of your Social Security number.  The inner envelope is placed inside the outer envelope for return to the Clerk.  The Clerk will send instructions along with your ballot.  To make sure your vote is counted, follow those instructions exactly as to how to complete the ballot and prepare the envelopes it will be returned in.

You can return the completed ballot by mail (postage is pre-paid so you don’t need to add it), or by delivering it to the County Clerk’s office or to an early voting or Election Day polling location.

What’s the deadline to return the completed absentee ballot?   The ballot must be received by the Clerk’s office or delivered to a polling place by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 3.  Ballots that are received after Election Day won’t be counted, even if they’re postmarked on or before that day.  We recommend returning your ballot well before the deadline.  If you mail it, you should do so by Tuesday, October 27, to be sure it gets in on time.

Can someone else deliver my completed ballot to the County Clerk for me?  New Mexico law allows a voter’s caregiver or a member of your immediate family (spouse, children, parents, brothers, sisters) to deliver the ballot on your behalf.  No one else is authorized to do this for you.

Once I’ve gotten my absentee ballot, can I change my mind and vote in person?  Yes.  You’ll sign a sworn statement that you haven’t used and won’t use the absentee ballot.  That ballot will be canceled and you’ll get a new one to use in voting at the polling site.

Can voters with vision impairments get an accessible ballot?  Yes.  New Mexico has accessible absentee ballots available for voters who are blind or visually impaired, allowing them to use their own non-visual or low-vision technology to mark their ballot.  To get an accessible ballot, fill out the application online at this link:  An email address is required.  The ballot will be sent to that address.

Keep an eye out for future messages about voting.  In the meantime, you can find lots of information on the Secretary of State’s website at or by going to  and clicking on “Voting and Elections” at the top of the homepage.

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This message is from Ellen Pinnes and The Disability Coalition.

The Disability Coalition is funded in part by the New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council through Federal Program funding. Additional funding is provided by The Arc of New Mexico, Disability Rights New Mexico, the Independent Living Resource Center, and New Vistas. 

Fair West Construction Notification

Beginning on September 11, crews will begin sewer rehabilitation work along La Veta Drive NE and Zia Road NE (see map below). This will require roadway excavation and a complete closure to through traffic along this stretch of roadway. Regular work hours will be from 7 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. However, crews may work outside of these hours if necessary. Target completion date is sometime in mid-October, but as with all construction projects this timetable is subject to change. How will this improvement project impact you?

    • La Veta Drive NE and Zia Road NE will be closed to through traffic between for the duration of the project, however residents will always be able to cross the barricades to access homes and driveways.
    • It is not anticipated that water and sewer service will be interrupted except in the event of an emergency.
    • For trash pick-up days, place your trash bins in its usual spot. The City of Albuquerque has been notified of this construction and the crews will accommodate the solid waste truck on trash days.

Please use caution and obey all construction signage, slow down your speed, and allow for extra time to reach your destination.

  • Have questions and concerns? Please contact:
    Daven Tagaban, Water Authority, Project Manager, 505-289-3269,
  • Rachel Stone, Water Authority, Communications Specialist, 505-289-3071,
  • Tim Riley, RMCI Inc., Contractor, 505-264-1663o
  • Emergencies and after-hours call 505-842-WATR (9287)

(NOTE: All work is weather permitting and subject to change without notice)

Thank you for your patience while we improve Albuquerque’s infrastructure

Join Us for the Neighborhood Fall Cleanup

We invite you and your family to join us for the 2020 Fall Cleanup event in Fair West. This annual event provides opportunity to build some community pride and stewardship in our neighborhood.

The Fall Neighborhood Cleanup is Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Bags & Gloves will be available for distribution at Fox Park.

If you would like to participate, call Sharon Lawson at 505-244-3537 or email by Thursday, September 17th  2 p.m. Please leave a message stating your name and phone number.



Fair West Residential Permit Parking Letter

Dear Neighbors,

If you need to renew your parking permits this month, you should have received a letter from the Albuquerque parking division to inform you that you can use the online renewal. This is a very convenient way to renew but there is a $25.00 fee per permit. I spoke with the director about the omission and want to share his email response below. Please share this information with your neighbors who may not connect with FWNA online.

Thank you,
Katherine Tuner, FWNA President

FROM:  Jeremy Keiser (Wed, Sep 9, 11:52 AM)
TO: Katherine Tuner

Good afternoon Fair West residents,

A letter went out to the residents of Fair West. It was missing a section in that letter that had details in regards to in office visits for your on street parking permits. I do apologize for the missing content.

Residents also have the option to pick up their permit(s) from our office at no charge. You will need to schedule an appointment with the Parking Division. You can do this by either calling us at (505) 924-3950 or emailing us at

Please be aware that you will need to go through a screening process by security as you enter the building and face masks will be required to gain entry into the building.

For additional information in regards to on street parking permits, please visit our website at

Thank you,
Jeremy Keiser, Parking Division Manager
CABQ Department of Municipal Development
600 2nd Street NW, 5th Floor, Suite 510
Albuquerque, NM 87102