Congratulations Rio Communities

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On Tuesday, the residents of Rio Communities and the Chamesa subdivision spoke loud and clear when they overwhelmingly voted in support of incorporation.
The journey to incorporation was long and hard-fought, and we commend the committee and others who worked tirelessly for what they feel is best for the area. They researched the issue thoroughly and they compiled a massive amount of data, statistics and information about what they would have to do if the incorporation of the area came to fruition.
They met with residents and held numerous gatherings to make sure those who wanted to know the information had it in order to make their own decision about what they wanted for the community.
After the election was over Tuesday night, it was clear that the majority of Rio Communities and Chamesa residents are ready to make their own history, to decide for themselves what will happen to them and to take on the task of forming and running their own government.
Now is when the real work begins. Committee members must first schedule and put on an election for a mayor, council and a municipal judge. If that isn’t enough, the newly elected governing body must get to work and pass ordinances, appoint a planning and zoning commission, hire staff and hopefully do what they said they would do by bringing more law and code enforcement to the area.
Realistically, a Rio Communities Police Department will not be formed right away. Without the necessary funding, it will be difficult for the new city to do much at first. But what they do have is hope — hope that one day they will be self sufficient and able to provide what any town provides for its citizens.
While we are happy for the residents of Rio Communities and their new found freedom, there is a suggestion to change the name of the area to Rivers Edge, Valle de Oro or even Friendly. We believe that even though the newly incorporated area covers more than one  community, the name should remain the same — Rio Communities.
Although the term “Rio Communities” collectively refers to a group of developments east of the river, the people in the newly incorporated area have taken on the moniker and made it their own.
Even though they are a young community, the name of Rio Communities is their heritage and roots. As the new city grows and prospers, those who come after will want and deserve that history.
That being said, we wish the citizens of the state’s newest municipality the best of luck!