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Roads Settlement Agreement Q&A

Q. His question is: “My property is the third house in the access road – Do I need a permit or is it only the first property that needs a permit if it is more than 25 feet from centerline on the road?”

 We should also determine if the first house need a permit .

Can you have someone look at the property and get a call back to him.

A. the property owner adjacent to the existing roadway, should a gap exist, would be the only individual that would need a permit, if the Nambe Pueblo require that

Q. I was unable to attend the meeting on webex last nite.  I have been to the provided link in the notice, but do not see viewgraphs from the meeting presentation last nite?  Only pdf documents.

When will the viewgraphs be available?

A.  Here is the link to the presentation on the Santa Fe County Website.

 https://www.santafecountynm.gov/pages.php?pageID=848

The title is: Implementation of Road Settlement Agreements -10-1-20 Presentation

Q. we were unable to join the public Webex meeting on Oct 1st regarding the Implementation of Road Settlement Agreements. I've looked for the PowerPoint presentation, that was used at the Webex meeting, and can't find it. We live in San I reservation, and want to know what the implementation plan is and how it affects us. Can your office forward us the presentation, or the meeting audio recording?

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1) How did the engineers of the road project miss such an obvious flooding issue? 

 

2) Will there be any method by which this flooding will be lessened, particularly as it relates to our property?

3) Will the county be cleaning the arroyo where it crosses our property?

If not, why not, as the county has caused most of the problem by installing an undersized culvert?

4) Will the privately installed culvert on Sandy Way be replaced by an appropriately sized culvert?

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Q. Hi, please add my name for distribution of information and notices regarding the San Ildefonso road settlement, thank you.

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Q. Can you please share the survey in the area of Don Bernardo (CR115) and Arroyo Negro area.   My address is 4a Arroyo Negro.  

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 Q.When a new road is being considered, the impact on traffic should be a primary concern. In this case, it appears that the county engineers have not considered in any detail (1) the impact on traffic or (2) the desires of the County residents impacted by the new road. In Santa Fe County Resolution 2018-13, the County Manager is directed to identify and help resolve unique access and other issues that may arise. In December 2017 I sent a letter to the SF County Commissioners raising a number of issues regarding Yellowbird Loop. I have been waiting patiently for a reply, but having received or heard nothing I wrote to Commissioner Roybal a 2nd time on Sept. 6 of this year. I was getting comments from neighbors when the WebEx meeting was announced and sent my new comments to Commissioner Roybal on Sept 28. My comments are attached. I believe my issues fall under the Directive to the County Manager to resolve other issues that may arise

A. I called Mr. Viers and left a voice message to arrange a meeting to address his concerns and show him the maps

Q. Why does Yellowbird Loop have to be a loop? There is no reason given in any of the available documents. It is a waste of taxpayer money, will disturb wildlife habitat, and is an engineering issue. There are alternatives that improve traffic for residents. There are no access points on the southwestern edge of the proposed loop from my access for about a third of a mile. This section of the road does not need to be built.

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In addition, many times the engineers emphasized their adherence to good engineering practices and building a road to handle the 100 year flood. One of their metrics was a rainfall rate of 6" in 24 hours (0.25 inches per hour). In a thunderstorm on August 30th of this year, we received 0.57 inches in less than 1/2 hour, a rate at least 4 times that quoted (1.14 inches per hour). This resulted in the arroyo west of our property overflowing its banks and flooding our property. I don't know how the allowable rates scale with shortened times, but I am concerned about engineering to a metric that does not take into account increased rainfall amounts due to climate change. The prevalence of increased rainfall amounts due to climate change is now pretty well documented and such rainfall events have caused significant infrastructure damage (in the billions).

 

Is there someone I can contact regarding these issues? Residents have been told what is going to happen and have not been consulted at all concerning what should happen. Is there a process to get local residents issues resolved? I believe my ROW will be at the existing "driveway" on the North side of my property. Can I get a copy of the appropriate survey detaining my access? Will we be able to comment on the engineering features relevant to the western section of Yellowbird Loop. Can we get a copy of the engineering documents related to the section?

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How did the engineers of the road project miss such an obvious flooding issue?

All new drainage structures along Yellowbird will be sized for the 100 year 6 hour flooding event

 

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Will there be any method by which this flooding will be lessened, particularly as it relates to our property?

The current road project plans do not address the culvert near your property on CR 84D.  I will look into trying to address it in the plan set, if not our road maintenance crews will correct the problem by installing a larger culvert on CR 84D.

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Will there be any method by which this flooding will be lessened, particularly as it relates to our property?

The current road project plans do not address the culvert near your property on CR 84D.  I will look into trying to address it in the plan set, if not our road maintenance crews will correct the problem by installing a larger culvert on CR 84D

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Will the county be cleaning the arroyo where it crosses our property?

If not, why not, as the county has caused most of the problem by installing an undersized culvert?

If you allow us to get a temporary work permit to clean the arroyo on your property, the County will look into cleaning the arroyo

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Will the privately installed culvert on Sandy Way be replaced by an appropriately sized culvert?

The plans show a 48” Culvert under Yellowbird, this culvert has been sized for the 100 year 6 hour storm

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