2016 Annual Meeting Notes

posted Apr 27, 2016, 2:01 PM by Ken Tuley

The 2016 annual meeting of SFVNA was held at the Taylor Ranch Library on Sunday April, 24. 
Attendees heard reports on the activities of the association for the past year, and received an update on the progress of protecting the neighborhood from flooding and flood damage. A progress report on the Unser project, including the median landscape portion now underway, revealed a planned completion date mid-June.  More trees are coming along the bike path, and some trees around the park will be removed and replaced. 
Other topics included an update on crime in our neighborhood, not many calls, generally means things are pretty safe. However, having a neighborhood patrol is key in providing a very visible deterrent to crime. We're looking for more volunteers to get trained and to participate in whatever schedule you can in conducting a drive-thru patrol of the neighborhood.
The library reported the Summer reading program beings June 4, sign up even if you don't plan to participate, as it demonstrates support for the library. BTW, our library is one of just a few that is actually open 7 days a week.
We are of course looking for folks to get involved in SFVNA. Remember membership is free and automatic, but it takes a volunteers to accomplish the things our association wants and needs to do to keep our neck of the woods a great place to live.
If you're not already on our email list, please join, so you get the scoop on the happenings as they happen instead of just at the annual meeting.

See you online!

Holiday Decorating Contest Winners 2015

posted Dec 21, 2015, 5:37 PM by Ken Tuley

"WOW! There's a LOT more lights on this year!" That was the one of the comments of the judges in this year's Holiday Decorating Contest. With a lot more homes participating, judges had a hard time narrowing the contestants to determine the winners. But they did it, and congratulations go to Tom and Caitlin Bizzell at 6915 Minehead Ct. With real live luminaries on display, the judges really liked the overall appeal of their decorations.
In second place, Dave & Dawn Moya, of 5109 Valentino with a nice clean display. Mario Muniz of 5400 Gable with his combination of lights and inflatables as well as music, picked up third. First place picked up a $50 gift certificate to M'tucci's, second place received $30 at Mimmo's and third place has $25 to spend at Applebee's. A big thanks to our sponsors for their generosity in sponsoring our annual contest. 
There were a number of Honorable Mentions. 7001 Montano, 7208 Montano, 5009 Sundew Ct, 5000 Ginger Ct, 7220 Bangor, and 7201 Foxford. They all received certificates, suitable for hanging on their refrigerator. 
Thanks to everyone who participated. It was so good to see all the lights and especially those that joined in for the first time. We'll do it again next year, so watch the stores for those holiday decoration bargains to dress your entry for next year!

By-law Amendments Approved

posted May 19, 2015, 7:01 PM by Ken Tuley

The proposed amendments to the SFVNA by-laws were approved at the annual meeting on May 17, 2015. Check out the newly approved version below.

Meeting Item-Bylaws changes

posted May 13, 2015, 8:19 AM by SFVNA Webmaster

At the 2015 annual meeting, coming up May 17, the attendees will vote on proposed amendments to the SFVNA bylaws. You can read the proposed changes in the document below. Text that has a line through it will be deleted. Text in color will be added.
The changes are designed to bring the bylaws into line with our current practice. We eliminate the different membership categories in favor of everyone being a member. Adjustments are made to the number of board members and meeting requirements as well as some language cleanup.
Please review the document and be prepared to vote on this issue at the meeting. 2pm, Sunday, May 17, 2015 at the Taylor Ranch Library Pavilion.

Park Improvement Celebration

posted Mar 21, 2015, 12:56 PM by SFVNA Webmaster

If you have walked or driven by the Santa Fe Village Park lately you have seen that the new playground equipment is in and ready for use.  If you look around the area you will also see that over a dozen new trees have been planted.
There will be an Opening Ceremony with city officials on Sunday March 29th at 2:00 in the afternoon.  Hope you can make it and give your own personal "Thank You" to Councilman Ken Sanchez and his assistant Elaine Romero for the hard work they have done to get this project done.
Hope to see you there...
Your SFVNA Board

Holiday Lights 2014

posted Dec 18, 2014, 9:09 PM by Ken Tuley

The 2014 SFVNA Holiday Decorating Contest is in the books, and we have a number of winners!
First place this year goes to Mario Muniz, 5400 Gable, who won a $50 Gift Certificate to Kitchina Restaurant.
There was a 4-way tie for second place.
Kathy Vanetsky, 7208 Montano won a $25 Gift Certificate to Applebees.
Steve Covington, 7001 Montano won a $25 Gift Certificate to Sakura Sushi.
Chris and Monica Peralta, 7320 Bangor, won a $25 Gift Certificate to Applebees.
Dave and Dawn Moya, 5109 Valentino, won a $25 Gift Certificate to Spinns.

The judge wanted to recognize Conrad and Montano streets for the most lights in the neighborhood. And with all the additional lights that are brightening our neighborhood, they identified a slew of Honorable Mentions:
7309 Bangor
5211 Bogart
5213 Bogart
5044 Bogart
7201 Carrick
7209 Cienaga
7432 Cienaga
6505 Cliffrose
6516 Conrad
6520 Conrad
6736 Conrad
6733 Conrad
6717 Conrad
6512 Flynn
5216 Gable
7308 Grange
7215 Grange
7015 Grange
6908 Lamar
7005 Lamar
7304 Mayo
7305 Mayo
6904 Minehead Ct
7104 Montano
4920 Rockcress
4949 Rosemary
4900 Rosemary
6905 Sedge
6915 Sedge
5009 Sundew
6936 Sweetbriar

Also 5316 for promoting his neighbor's display, which just happened to be our first place winner.

Thanks to all who participated, our neighborhood is much brighter and cheerier because of it. Also when you visit our prize donors, tell them thanks for sponsoring our contest. Kitchina, Applebees, Spinns and Sakura Sushi.

Congratulations to our winners, thanks to everyone who participated, Happy Holidays. We look forward to even bigger and brighter displays next year. Check out the pictures!

Unser Reconstruction update

posted Nov 28, 2014, 8:22 PM by Ken Tuley

The Unser Reconstruction project that was initially proposed in April 2009 is going to start early 2015.  The project was delayed because the monies were used for the Paseo/Jefferson Project.  Below is a portion of the announcement sent out last week from the City of Albuquerque.  Please note the meeting on December 9th will be meeting #3 and is an informational meeting only.  The first two meetings were about design and that phase was completed over two years ago.  Unser will not be widened for this project other than maybe to add additional turn lanes at Unser and Montano.  The median will be reduced in width to accommodate a majority of the improvements.   Unser will remain two lanes in both the north and south bound directions.  The main scope of the project is to add turn lanes, bike lanes and sidewalks.  Also the now gravel walking path from Bogart to Vulcan will be improved to a blacktopped walking/bike path. 
After completion of the Unser Reconstruction, the Unser median from Montano to Dellyne will be landscaped.  Similar to the recent improvements to Golf Course Rd.  The landscaping design is not completed and there will be a meeting on this sometime in the future.  I have requested someone from the city attend the December 9th meeting to discuss the future landscaping project.
If you have question, let me know and I will try to answer them.
Dennis Newton 
From Dellyne to Montaño

The City of Albuquerque is planning to start construction on pedestrian, bicycle and
roadway improvements on Unser Blvd from Dellyne to Montaño. The project will
include on-street bicycle lanes, additional bicycle trail facilities, sidewalk connectivity
improvements and signal upgrades. Bicycle lanes will be added in each direction. The
purpose of this meeting is to inform the neighboring public of the details of the project
and their potential impacts during construction.
Public Meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Don Newton/Taylor Ranch
Community Center
Meeting Room 1
4900 Kachina St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120

Flooding Update 11-24-14

posted Nov 24, 2014, 4:50 AM by Ken Tuley

From: "Medrano, Mike" 
Subject: Petroglyph National Monument News
Date: November 20, 2014 12:00:20 PM MST
To: (email addresses removed)
Mr. Whitmore and the rest of the Santa Fe Village Neighborhood Association:
Thank you for your patience as we continue to work through addressing the flooding issues along the monument boundary.
Here is an update of recent happenings that may be of interest to the residents:
1) A selection for the permanent superintendent for Petroglyph was recently announced. The person selected is Dennis Vasquez, who is currently the superintendent at Guadalupe Mountains National Park on the New Mexico/Texas border. Mr. Vasquez is coming to us with a broad background in park management and we are anxiously anticipating his arrival around mid-December. I believe it will take him a few weeks to get his feet under him, but I know he is excited to get started and get out in the community.
2) The City of Albuquerque submitted a request for the temporary flooding solutions (straw bales) in September. We are currently working though the request. Earlier this week we hosted the New Mexico State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and two of the topics of discussion were the proposed temporary and permanent drainage solutions. We received some excellent feedback from the SHPO and are continuing to work through the natural and cultural resource compliance process.
3) I have a representative from our NPS Regional Environmental Compliance Office in Denver visiting the monument on Monday (24 November). We are going to discuss the proposed flooding solutions and any issues or concerns at the regional level. Since this has been a high-profile issue, we are keeping regional management informed and involved. A scoping letter will likely be going out to the residents in the next week or two regarding the proposed temporary solution.
4) Discussions between the NPS Lands Program (our real property folks) and the City of Albuquerque have begun and are progressing regarding a potential land swap so the City can install the permanent drainage structure along the present park boundary. We are working on the boundaries for the proposed land swap to ensure park resources are protected and the needs of the drainage solution are met.
As we enter the new year with a new superintendent at the helm, I anticipate things moving a little more rapidly. I will be briefing Mr. Vasquez about this issue as soon as he is on site and get him up to speed right away. If you have any questions regarding the progress of this process, I am available to discuss them with you and/or the residents.
Best Regards,
Michael F. Medrano, Ph.D.
Acting Superintendent &
Chief, Division of Resource Management
Petroglyph National Monument
6001 Unser Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120
Voice: (505) 899-0205 ext. 334

Flooding Update

posted Oct 29, 2014, 9:19 PM by Ken Tuley


I am Tom Baechle, a resident for the last 21 years or so on Lamar up near Rockress Court and I 
was recently elected to serve on the SFVNA Board of Directors with the main, initial responsibility 
to represent them on the Flooding/Sedimentation/Erosion (FSE) Committee. I apologize if you 
received this letter multiple times as we are in the process of developing a composite email list 
for everyone in Santa Fe Village that was affected by Flooding, Sedimentation or Erosion.

I am writing to request help from my neighbors to provide some follow up related to water 
damage to the property of residents of Santa Fe Village. Over the last year or so we have had 
major flooding of homes, erosion channels growing six to eight feet deep behind homes, and 
property being actively undermined by the storm water flowing in our arroyos. Other residents 
may see increasing amounts of water flowing and/ or a change of course of nearby arroyos.The 
SFVNA Board has asked me to gather a group of residents who can continue to monitor 
drainage patterns, identify potential drainage problems and communicate that information with 
their neighbors and the Neighborhood Association Board.

We've also been promised some help by outside governmental agencies and elected 
officials. We would have the assistance and support of the SFVNA to work with them, if we 

Every property in Santa Fe Village is impacted by the recent storm water drainage problems. 
Even if your property is not directly impacted by the storm water drainage, these issues can 
directly affect the property valuations of homes in our community.

To adequately and accurately represent the different perspectives of our water problems, I 
would like to have several volunteers from areas that:
- Have been flooded in the past,
- Are experiencing active erosion behind their homes or undermining of their property lines,
- Have an arroyo near their home that may have more water diverted into it in the future and
- Residents who do not abut drainage areas, but have an interest in our community.

With enough community investment and active participation, time commitments could be 
minimal. Much of the coordination could be done on line or by phone.

I have been visiting some neighbors near by me to tell them about this project. I would 
encourage you to consider being active with this project. To find out more, you can contact me 
at At a minimum, since every resident is not connected to one of our 
internet lists, please speak to neighbors on either side of you or across your street and tell them 
about this effort. Give them a copy of this email or refer them to me.

Thank you very much,

Tom Baechle

Flooding and Drainage Meeting

posted Aug 10, 2014, 9:03 PM by Ken Tuley   [ updated Aug 21, 2014, 8:27 PM by SFVNA Webmaster ]

UPDATE---Myself (John) and Dennis represented SFVNA. The interim superintendant Diane Souder and the new super. for the Petroglyph monument were there,
in addition to Elaine Romero Ken Sanchez assistant, Dr. Tom with the city(don't know last name). 5 or 6 affected neighbors were also in attendance.

Entered the arroyo behind lamar from the Cienega AMAFCA easement. Walked up arroyo to the area of Tom Bachale's house and pretty much
reexamined the cuts in the soil, to my surprise had grown substantially. The park employees and Dr. Tom took numerous pictures of the area. Also the 
Petroglyph monument markers in the arroyo were identified for the group, so we could see where City land ends and National park begins.

Mostly informative meeting and tour. This was more of a fact finding mission than anything. It was successful in bringing the
issue to the appropriate people up close and personal to where they can see the major soil erosion that is happening. John

The office of City Councilman Ken Sanchez will hold a meeting regarding drainage & flood control for Santa Fe Village; Thursday, Aug 14 at 6:00 PM at the Taylor Ranch Community center.  We also have issues of advancing gullies.  

We need everyone that has been impacted and/or have concerns for these issues to show up at this meeting.  Please forward this message to your neighbors if they are not on this list-serve.

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