BLOOMFIELD - A third monument may soon join the Ten Commandments and Declaration of Independence monuments on the Bloomfield City Hall lawn.

Former City Councilor Kevin Mauzy, who represents the Four Corners Historical Monument Project, presented a proposal at the Monday night Council meeting for future placement of a Gettysburg Address monument on the lawn. Like the two monuments which have come before, the Gettysburg Address monument would be paid for by Mauzy's private citizen's group.

Mauzy stated that an additional placement of a four-panel monument containing the words of the U.S. Constitution is next on the proposal list. Mauzy and his group hope to install this monument on the City Hall lawn by July 4, 2013.

Controversy erupted last July 4 when the group, following an endorsement by the Bloomfield City Council, placed the Ten Commandments monument on the City Hall lawn. Some protested that placement of the monument violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Last February, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico filed suit in U.S. District Court on behalf of two Bloomfield residents seeking removal of the monument. The suit is still pending.

In other business, John Eckley, Manager of the Water and Wastewater Treatment Department, announced that the City of Bloomfield was awarded Wastewater System of the Year.

"This award makes us the best wastewater plant in the state.


It's something our city can be proud of," said Eckley, adding that credit for the award goes to the hard work of the plant's employees.

Representatives from Tres Rios Habitat for Humanity provided a presentation on their organization. Board President Joe Morris explained that TRHFH has built eight homes in San Juan County, and is just starting their ninth home build on Crouch Mesa.

"Habitat for Humanity provides a way to help people who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford a home.

But we don't give away homes," explained Morris. "We build inexpensive homes using donations and volunteer labor, and we then offer a no interest loan to a qualified family so they can own their own home. It's a way for communities to give a hand up, not a hand out."

Morris stated that TRHFH would like to locate some land in Bloomfield suitable for building, and also explained that the non-profit is seeking a building of at least 1100 feet or larger so they can establish a re-sale store, or "ReStore," in the area.

The organization's Executive Director Jennifer Thiesen stated that the group is planning to hold a fundraising 5K walk/run on June 2 in Berg Park.

Bloomfield's Community Service Director Norm Tucker presented for consideration a grant agreement between the city and the New Mexico State Library Division for the acquisition of books, equipment, and library resources. The agreement was unanimously approved by the Council.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bernadette Smith provided an overview of the upcoming "Bloomfield Days" events.