Peralta puts off decision on McGee Road

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The Peralta Town Council voted to table a measure that would vacate a portion of McGee Road bordering the fire department, an issue that has spurred some controversy at several meetings.

Peralta Mayor Bryan Olguin said the town has been in touch with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe with regard to placing an alternate route to a piece of property owned by the church that sits behind the fire department.

Councilor Pug Burge voted against tabling the measure and voiced her concern that the council has not followed town regulations regarding plat vacation.

Olguin said the matter might take some time to resolve as it has to move through several layers of "church bureaucracy" before a final decision can be made.

Two public meetings became heated as parishioners who are against the move voiced their opposition and suggested ways the fire department can rearrange its property.

Part of the opposition stems from a fear that removing the road will affect the value of the church property.

Fire Chief John Dear is opposed to changing the operation of the fire department and said the building is set up to provide for swift response to fire calls and also to keep firefighters safe.

He said that McGee Road at N.M. 47 is a dangerous intersection, which would not be favorable to increased traffic should the church develop the property.

Olguin said previously that the town owns a portion of McGee Road that has been unused for 20 years.

The road comes off N.M. 47 and heads west before veering south. At the point it veers south, it crosses over a portion of the fire department property where firefighters park when they go on calls.


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