The Santa Fe City Council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday to pull the city from the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, a consortium of local and tribal governments with economic ties to Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Santa Fe’s resolution requests that the coalition return dues paid by the city and instructs city officials to begin exploring other ways to lobby the laboratory for economic opportunities and environmental cleanup.

The coalition's board voted Friday to begin winding down the entity and close out debts, before paying back members their 2021 dues.

“I think it's important to state while this process is going on that we approved this resolution withdrawing the city of Santa Fe from the RCLC,” said Councilor Renee Villarreal.

The coalition was formed in 2011 to advocate for sitewide cleanup and economic opportunities at the laboratory, but critics have said the coalition no longer achieves its original purpose.

Santa Fe and Taos counties recently voted to leave the coalition.

In other news, the City Council approved an agreement with the state Department of Transportation to transfer maintenance responsibilities for parts of Cerrillos Road, St. Michaels Drive and Old Pecos Trail to the city.

Under the agreement, the city will take over upkeep of eight miles of road, including snowplowing responsibilities. The city intends to hire four employees to oversee maintenance of the roads. The transfer will take effect Aug. 1.

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Khal Spencer

This is all good news.

I would ask our Council to pressure our Congressional representatives to ensure that more funds are put into the cleanup side of the house. I don't think LANL has the ability to move money between production and cleanup pots and besides, isn't it now N3B that is responsible for legacy waste?

As far as taking over those state roads, I hope the city stops the NMDoT practice of building and maintaining "stroads" through urban centers. These monstrosities impede multimodal travel and their design encourages speeding. I'd be glad to connect the Governing Body with Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns.

Richard Reinders

Make sure you collect the unpaid misappropriated whisky tax payer money from Andrea Romero it is not your to forgive it is taxpayer money.

Khal Spencer

I'll drink to that, Richard, and on my own, ahem, dime.

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