Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Board Members Present: Randy Buckley, President; Robert Martinez, Vice-President;
Maria C. Bustamante, Secretary; and, Marge Garcia-Loehr
Members Present: Gretchen Goff, Richard Fisher, Diana and Nick DeSantis, Mary Helen Perea, Nick Nieto and Juan Ortega, Jr.
Non-Members Present: Christina Bruff, Esquire
Operator Present: Rudy Martinez
Bookkeeper Present: Ana Berry
Roll Call and Verification of Quorum: Randy Buckley verified a quorum.
Approval of Minutes from March 12, 2014, Meeting: Approval after reading of the Minutes,
- Christina Bruff, the Association’s attorney, made a special presentation regarding the
Aamondt settlement. For your information, the Aamondt Settlement Agreement is available for viewing
at www.tesuquewater.com Ms. Bruff answered many questions regarding the settlement. Ms. Bruff
stated there is a pending Order to Show Cause that is geared toward the Pueblos’ water rights. She
reminded us that the Association’s community well permit was issued in 1962, fifty-two (52) years ago!
Some questions to Ms. Bruff had to do with the letter some members received from
the State of New Mexico, Office of The State Engineer, asking them to accept or
object to the proposal Partial Final Judgement and Decree and to the Settlement
Agreement regarding the water rights of the Pueblos Nambe, Pojoaque, San
Ildefanso and Tesuque. Ms. Bruff prepared a letter and was sent by the Association
to its members that our intent is not to protest the Aamondt settlement terms. The
Association is not required at this time to make an election between the options
available to the Association as to whether it remains an independent water association
or agrees to join the Regional Water System when it become available. Ms. Bruff
believes the Association should recognize the asset value of its water rights, maintain
its strong infrastructure and keep a solid financial basis for future improvements. If the
Association works independent of the Regional Water System, it will be fairly easier to
receive grants for capital improvements.
Ms. Bruff stated she would alert our Senators and Representatives on the Aamondt
Settlement, as well as the Association’s strong management structure, since politics
drives the decisions made. Ms. Bruff said the Court has until September 15, 2017, to
enter a Partial Final Decree on the matter. She strongly urged the Board to review and
modify its By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation to allow the Association to make the
final decision to remain independent or join the Regional Water System when it
2. Ana Berry handed out the Profit & Loss Report for March, 2014, the Profit & Los
Budget vs. Actual for March, 2014, the Well History Summary Report dated April 2,
2014, the Profit & Loss Report from January through March, 2014, and the Aged
3. Rudy Martinez reported the water meters were read and recorded on schedule for
the month of March, 2014. He stated the water system had no issues or problems in
March. Also, the system, the controls and the satellite system were working fine.
There was only one “cut off” for no payment in March.
The next meeting of the TMDWCA Board will take place on Wednesday, May 14, 2014,
beginning @ 6:00 p.m., at the Tesuque Elementary School.
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