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Parking issues addressed at Tuesday’s City Council

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ARTESIA — The Artesia City Council was informed a petition drive is underway from residents living on Mahone Drive.

“A while back the city painted our curb yellow,” said John Thurman. He lives on Mahone and he addressed the Council during Tuesday night’s meeting.

“We can no longer park in front of our residences all along Mahone,” he added. “What we’re asking for is a parking lane and repainting our curbs white so we can park and change it back from two lanes to one lane of traffic.”

During the meeting Byron Landfair, Artesia’s infrastructure director was asked by District 1 Councilor Raul Rodriguez if a traffic study has ever been done on Mahone.

“I believe that was due to be completed in June or July of this year.” Landfair said.

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He told the council that he would have to go back and retrieve the information and forward it to them at a later date.

“That way we could at least talk about it a little bit more amongst us,” Rodriguez said.

“In the meantime, he’s (Thurman) OK to proceed to get his petitions signed, that way we could have a meeting and meet with citizens and come up with a solution,” Rodriguez added.

During his presentation, Thurman talked of how some people think Mahone is a drag strip.

“Anytime you have two lanes of traffic that are wide open, because there is not a lot of traffic on Mahone, it’s a fairly through street and it doesn’t lead to a bunch of businesses,” Thurman said.

He added, “so that leaves it available for many people who want to speed and on occasion you see people who line up and more or less drag racing on the street.”

Thurman was asked to give his response to what was talked about during the meeting.

“It’s a process,” he said. “I do think we got a little farther than we have previously because it sounds like we’ve got the councilors wanting to get involved in this so that’s a good thing.”

Also during Tuesday night’s meeting, the council approved a resolution for municipal elections next year. City clerk Aubrey Hobson said Jan. 9 is the filing deadline for those interested in running for city office. He said information packets will be available at City Hall and on the city’s website, artesianm.com starting Friday.

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.