Milan houses CARES Act program


Fire department seeks after-hours pay


MILAN, N.M. – Village of Milan trustees learned more about federal funding for small businesses, approved one contract, and heard an after-hours pay proposal for two salaried employees.

Manager Sarah Austin described the federal CARES Act program at the Sept. 17 regular meeting.

The village, Cibola County and City of Grants made a joint application for the relief funding, which assists businesses with pandemic-related expenses. Business owners can apply for reimbursements of up to $20,000 for expenditures including payroll and other items. The program is retroactive from March 1, said the manager.

The county is the fiscal agent and Paul Ludi, county finance director, will oversee the process that includes filing with the state, according to Manager Austin. Candi Williams, liaison, has an office at village hall; she can be contacted by phone, 505- 285-1035, or email:, explained the manager.

Fire Department

Fire Chief Keith Austin, who joined the MFD in 1985, and Assistant Chief Daniel Urioste, who has been with the department for 20 years, are currently salaried employees. They do not receive overtime explained the chief. He said that often he and Urioste are the only ones who respond to fire calls. Chief Austin recommended that the trustees consider implementing an after-hours pay of $20 per fire call for them. He noted that there are currently 10 volunteer firemen and said it has been challenging to recruit new volunteers. This was an agenda discussion item and no action was taken.

Chief Austin said that the department had responded to only one fire in the village since the August meeting. It was a brush fire on South Street that had resulted from a large bird becoming entangled in wiring on the transformer. The sparks caused the brush to ignite but the blaze was quickly extinguished.

Police Department

Chief Lionel Desiderio reported that an-imal control has been dealing with numerous feral cats within the village. He acknowledged that most pet owners have been conscientious in keeping their animals on a leash or in a fenced yard. Animal control has set 52 traps to help control the feral cat population.

Officers issued 26 citations, made six arrests, responded to 28 service calls and no DWI citations were issued between Aug. 18- Sept.14.

Mirabal Park update

The Wilson & Company lead engineer has

been involved with the project since it originated in 2015. His presentation, which was done via telephone, described the history of the project and the process for recommending a contractor. Wilson & Company, the on-call engineering firm, recommended, awarding the contract to Aneta ND who made a low bid of $638,000 without tax. The trustees voted unanimously to approve the contract; the motion, $690,111, included applicable taxes.


The Rockin’ 66 Transit service, which is a collaborative program by the village, county, and city, provides public transit within the county. The fleet made 481 trips in July and 757 in August.

Employee of the Month

Eugene Capitan, public works department, was honored. Manager Austin reported that his dedication is an asset to the department and to the village. Capitan has been overseeing department projects while the director is on vacation.

Upcoming meetings

• Wednesday, Oct. 7, trustees’ workshop, village hall, 623 Uranium Ave., Milan, 5:30 p.m.

• Thursday, Oct. 8, planning and zoning meeting, village hall, 623 Uranium Ave., Milan, 5:30 p.m.

• Thursday, Oct. 15, monthly trustees’ meeting, village hall, 623 Uranium Ave., Milan, 5:30 p.m.

(The Village of Milan relies on technology to make meetings accessible to the public. Recorded meetings are available at

Visit or call 505-285-6694 for more information.