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ABQ City Closures and Adjustments

Message from the Mayor

Greetings Albuquerque,

For the past several weeks, our top priority has been keeping people safe during this ‘new normal’ that we are all experiencing.

There are folks on the front lines from first responders, healthcare workers, food workers, and more. There are our own City employees who are working around the clock to provide critical services to the most vulnerable – from making sure seniors are taken care of, to bus drivers helping kids get to their free meals at APS, and solid waste drivers keeping our city clean. They all deserve our gratitude.

I also want to thank all of you who are staying home, that is the most important thing you can do right now. Liz and I know that brings up its own challenges, like when you are on calls with your colleagues with your kids climbing on you.

We will get through this together by respecting others and stepping up for each other but there’s no doubt it’s an unprecedented and challenging time right here in Albuquerque, and all across the country.

Stay home if you can and stay safe.

Your Mayor,
Tim Keller


Below is a listing of new City closures and adjustments:

Citywide

  • All City buildings are closed to the public, as of 5 p.m., March 24. This includes City Hall.
  • Signs will be posted instructing people how they can access the County Clerk’s office.

City Clerk

  • All hearings are either postponed or will be held remotely.

Planning Department

  • Plaza del Sol will be closed to the public.
  • Permitting will continue via telephone, while inspections and field work will continue as normal.
  • A drop box will be set up for applicants to drop any paperwork. Staff will pick up and review submissions and then set a time for applicants to pick up any permits.

Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority

  • All walk-in payment locations are temporarily closed. Payments may be mailed or made online.

Parks & Recreation and Citywide Youth Programs

  • All Spring Break youth programs are canceled.
  • City golf courses are closed
  • All playgrounds in City parks are closed, although the parks themselves will remain open.
  • Maloof Air Park is closed.
  • Horsemen’s Complex is closed; however, owners must continue to care for their animals.

Other City Closures

Mayor Keller Announces Business Relief Program to Ease the Impacts of COVID-19

Offering $500,000 in grants for Albuquerque micro-businesses from City Economic Development Department

Mayor Tim Keller and the City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department announced a $500,000 Micro-Business Relief Program to provide vital economic support to Albuquerque businesses needing assistance in overcoming the temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. The City of Albuquerque will provide working capital grants of up to $5,000 for qualifying small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The City of Albuquerque will begin accepting applications on Monday, March 30, 2020.

For more information on all our efforts to support Albuquerque small businesses during COVID-19, and to apply to the Micro-Business Relief Program click the button below.

Apply Here

ABQ Ride Goes to Saturday Schedules on All Routes

Changes start March 28th, include pause of ART Service

The City of Albuquerque is shifting to a Saturday schedule for its Monday through Friday service, and has decided to temporarily pause all ART bus service, starting Saturday, March 28, 2020. Sunday bus service will remain the same.

A Saturday bus schedule means no commuter bus service will be available and that several routes will be temporarily shelved. To see the full list of routes affected, click the button below.

We want to remind everyone that the rules of the road still apply when driving in the ART corridor. Stay out of the ART lanes and only make left and U-turns at the designated lights.

More Info

APS, New Mexico Schools Closed for the School Year

As of Friday, March 27 all APS schools will be closed for the rest of the school year in response to the ongoing international coronavirus pandemic. The closure of all New Mexico public schools was ordered by the New Mexico Public Education Department to reduce the spread of the contagious virus. APS is working on a continuous learning plan for all students for the rest of the school year. In the meantime, supplemental online and printed learning materials are being provided for families.

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COO Lawrence Rael Provides Update for Residents on Covid-19 in Spanish

Una mensaje de COO Lawrence Rael de COVID-19 información disponible en español

Senior Affairs Provides More Than 10,000 Meals for Seniors Since COVID-19 Outbreak

The City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs continues to provide essential services to seniors throughout the COVID-19 outbreak in New Mexico, including transportation to doctor appointments, care coordination and meals.

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Mayor Keller Pausing Plastic Bag Ban for 30 Days

Temporary change to help local business and food workers, reusable bags not a health risk but regulation to be strengthened later this year

For the next thirty days, businesses in Albuquerque will temporarily be allowed to use any type of plastic bag for their customers and the City’s Environmental Health Department will suspend enforcement of the plastic bag ban citywide. Businesses are still encouraged to use paper bags if available.

Mayor Keller was clear this was not a public health measure, as there is no independent data supporting the myth that reusable bags contribute to the spread of coronavirus. Instead, it is a measure of solidarity and support for local businesses and food workers in a time of uncertainty.

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City Investing $500,000 to Promote Central Avenue, Support Local Business

Mayor Tim Keller and City Council President Pat Davis announced an investment of half a million dollars into promoting Central Avenue in support of the local businesses that line Route 66. The City is seeking a professional marketing firm to develop and implement a marketing plan to promote Albuquerque’s Central Avenue as a destination and Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) as a way to access it. The campaign would be geared to bring locals back to Central, but also emphasize attracting tourists.

More information and full details of the RFP are available by clicking the button below.

Responses are due by April 28, 2020.

RFP Info

Printable Stop Sign for Your Home

If you, or someone in your home, has a weakened immune system, you can print out a stop sign for your door here.

Residents in need of assistance can find resources below:

  • If you are displaying symptoms, contact the New Mexico Department of Health at 1-855-600-3453
  • Childcare, food, etc
  • If you are in an unsafe environment due to domestic violence, contact the National
  • Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • To get information on Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, visit https://www.albuquerqueaa.org/wondering-about-the-coronavirus-and-aa-meetings/ or contact 505-266-1900
  • The New Mexico Crisis and Access Line has counselors available 24/7 to speak at 855-662-7474.
  • The Department of Senior Affairs can be reached at 505-764-6400. A full list of resources available for seniors can found at https://www.cabq.gov/news/coronavirus-impacts-on-city-services
  • The Child Abuse Hotline can be reached at 505-841-6100.
  • For Adult Protective Services, contact 505-476-4912.
  • The Agora Center is available at 505-277-3013

More Resources

Fair West Neighborhood Construction Notice | La Veta Dr

On Monday, Feb. 17, crews will begin to install new sewer lines along La Veta Drive between Domingo Road and Central Avenue. A portion of the asphalt roadway will be removed for the insertion pits, new sewer lines will then be installed, and new asphalt will be laid. 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.

Barricades will be setup on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Target completion date is early March, but as with all construction projects this timetable is subject to change.

How will this improvement project impact you?

    1. La Veta Drive will be closed to through traffic between Domino Road and Central Avenue, however all residents and businesses will have access to La Veta Drive and their driveways for the duration of the project (see map below). There will be no parking permitted in the work zone on La Veta Drive for the duration of the project.
    2. All water and sewer services will be maintained for the duration of the project except in the event of an emergency.
    3. Solid Waste has been notified of this project, and trash bins should be placed on the curb for trash pickup days as usual.

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, dtagaban@abcwua.org
  • Rachel Stone, Water Authority, Communications Specialist, 505-289-3071, rstone@abcwua.org
  • Tim Riley, RMCI Inc., Contractor, 505-264-1663

Emergencies and after-hours call 505-842-WATR (9287)

 

Fair West Neighborhood Speakers Event

ABQ Mosaic Art | CABQ Photos

Dear Fair West Neighbors,

You’re invited to an evening of 20-minute presentations by 6 speakers who will discuss valuable information relevant to the Fair West Neighborhood.

Learn about the 2020 Census count, future housing project on La Veta Drive, a new entrepreneur hub in the International District, crime prevention, neighborhood street design and hear from the office of Neighborhood Coordination.

Thursday, February 13, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
EXPO NM Alice K. Hoppes African American Pavilion
300 San Pedro Drive 87108
Changes as of 12:00 AM Feb 13th, 2020
Please enter at Gate #3 See Map

Please invite your friends and neighbors.
For more info contact FWNA President Katherine Turner
abqfairwestpresident@gmail.com or 505-818-8859

SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE:

6:10 – Professor Nick Ferenchak:
Professor Ferenchak is a transportation engineer at UNM who is working on a research project to explore how local street design can improve neighborhoods. Dr. Ferenchak is focused on developing sustainable and resilient transportation systems primarily through improved health and safety outcomes.

6:30 – Developer Ahmet Tiryaki:
Mr. Tiryaki recently constructed a multimillion-dollar townhome development in the Fair Heights Neighborhood on the North and the West side of Smith’s on Marble and Alice, respectively. He has been successful in attracting millennials and young families to come and plant roots. Also, Mr. Tiryaki has worked on several infill multifamily developments across the Duke City. During the construction phase of the project, The Fair Heights Neighborhood Association president Patrick Scott said: “His vision is to bring high quality, reasonably affordable, infill development to the area.” The current president, Rober Habiger, stated that the Alvarado Park NA “the APNA..would do the same again. We think it has helped our neighborhoods to have additional housing options.”

In October of last year, Mr. Tiryaki was granted a consolidation of the 7 lots on the South East corner of La Veta Dr. He plans to build a housing project on that lot. Come and find out his plans for our neighborhood. The FWNA development sign on Zia and La Veta were consolidated into one lot in the recently branded Mile-Hi District.

6:50 – Alex Horton:
Many of you may have seen Alex Horton as MC for the Mayor’s State of the City address. If you didn’t see it, go to https://www.cabq.gov/sotc to see the video recording of the event. Alex is the founder and executive director of the international district economic Development Business Incubator focused on growing neighborhood-based businesses with a focus on media.

7:10 – Laura Kuehn, ICPS, NCPS:
Laura Kuehn is the director of the city’s crime prevention program. This program has over 2000 neighborhoods in Albuquerque participating in the program. It has been a long-time desire by many of our neighbors to have an active neighborhood watch program. Laura can help us or organize our neighborhood on a block-by-block basis. Laura will give us information about how you can be a host for a Neighborhood Watch on your block.

7:30 – Angelo Metzgar, ONC Manager:
The office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) will discuss what the ONC is and how they help to create a vibrant and thriving neighborhood in the City of Albuquerque.

7:50 – Louis Head, Partnership Specialist US Census Bureau
Mr. Head will give a presentation on the importance of an accurate 2020 Census count and the implication of an accurate count. Please come and find out how you can help NM get all the benefits it deserves for our community.

Thank you for your participation and support of our FWNA.

FWNA Board Meeting Sunday Jan 19th

Thank you, Mayor Keller, for joining us at our neighborhood association meeting. The information was informative, thoughtful, and helpful.

Dear Fair West Neighbors,

You’re invited to the next FWNA Board meeting where Mayor Tim Keller will give a presentation and briefly answer questions afterward. If you would like to submit a question we will have index cards available. You’re also welcome to bring a 3×5 index card with your written question.

We ask that you please RSVP to Kathleen Oweegon at (505) 242-6141 or oweegon@bridgesofpeace.com so she can properly prepare for the right number of participants. Thank you!

Fair West Neighbor Association Board Meeting
Sunday, January 19th, 2020
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sundowner Apts. (front meeting room)
6101 Central Ave NE, 87108

Agenda includes:

  • Presentation by Mayor Tim Keller
  • Assess progress on updating the bylaws/create plan to finalize
  • Continue to develop a Board communication paradigm
  • Download FWNA 1/19/20 Meeting Agenda [PDF]

Hope to see you there!

Thanksgiving Holiday Food Drive

Dear Fair West neighbors,

We’re seeking drop donations to support the Southeast Area Command Officers’ food drive for twelve families for Thanksgiving.  The APD squads will provide a complete meal for their families.  They need stuffing, canned vegetables, cranberries, instant mashed potatoes, and any other non-perishable holiday meal staples.

If you would like to help out, please put your donations into a sealed bag with a card including your name and address stapled to the bag and drop it off at 616 Valencia (SE corner of Valencia and Marquette) in the large plastic delivery box located on the south side of the front porch. The last day to donate will be November 18th for this event.

Also, during this Thanksgiving Holiday Season, the Southeast Problem Response will assist those experiencing homelessness by serving hot bowls of soup.  If you would like to provide cans of  soup, we are happy to accept those donations as well.

Thank you for your consideration and assistance.

Katherine Turner,
FWNA President
abqfairwestpresident@gmail.com

Tipping Points | Creative Economy Resources for Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs

Attention Fair West Creatives and Artists!

Tipping Points is a new initiative curated by the City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services and Economic Development departments. This program aims to connect local musicians, visual and performing artists, artisans, and other creative entrepreneurs to resources and services that will help them get to the next level and make a living doing what they love.

You are welcome to participate in one of two in-person gatherings taking place on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Convention Center. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

  • Engage with 50-100 artists like yourself  to refine your most pressing needs regarding your creative practice. You’ll participate in small group clinics to sense-make and fine-tune your challenges and come up with actionable ways to move forward.
  • Learn about professional development opportunities to support you with new ideas, strategies and meaningful time to connect with other artists from all disciplines.
  • Connect with resources and services to help you get to the next level.

In order to express your interest in attending, please complete this short questionnaire – https://coacommunityevents.wufoo.com/forms/m1dpdxxe0omz4yx/ – by November 1.

You will be notified via email to confirm your participation in one of the Tipping Points convenings by November 13th.

For more information Contact Dr. Shelle Sanchez
Director,
City of Albuquerque, Cultural Services Department