Council rejects muni ordinance

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Chiravalle’s proposals voted down

By Kirsten Laskey

The saga of the new municipal building continued Tuesday night with a majority of county council opposing Councilor Vincent Chiravalle’s attempts to introduce an ordinance to replicate the original building at its former location on Ashley Pond.
Chiravalle and Councilor Robert Gibson voted in favor of its passage.
With the recent lawsuit seeking an injunction to stop an all mail ballot election on the subject, which was filed by local attorneys Chris and George Chandler, Chiravalle said he was concerned that the election might not happen.
A hearing on that injunction is scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Santa Fe District Court.
Chiravalle said his ordinance would ensure that the election would take place, allowing the public to vote on the issue.
“I believe the council should allow its introduction,” he said.
Councilor Michael Wheeler objected to Chiravalle’s ordinance, saying council rules indicate that in order to re-open an issue that council already decided, the issue would need to be timely or council would have to vote to reconsider that issue.
Council approved the former Los Alamos Apartments site for construction of the new municipal building last January, so neither of the criteria applied, Wheeler said.

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