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Northwest Neighborhood News

Northwest Neighborhood News is a regular newsletter from Albuquerque City Councilor Dan Lewis featuring legislation, issues, and trends that affect the Northwest Mesa.

New Traffic Signal

Intersection of Paradise of La Paz

Councilor Lewis sponsored a resolution directing the City of Albuquerque to install a traffic signal at the intersection of Paradise and La Paz, in front of James Monroe Middle School. We hope to have the signal installed by the time school starts in the fall of 2016.

Salida del Sol Park

New Playground Now Open

Join Councilor Lewis for the re-opening of the new playground at Salida del Sol Park on Saturday, April 16 from 11 - 1.

Safety Improvements

Intersection of Paradise and Universe

At the last Ventana Ranch Neighborhood Association annual meeting, several residents expressed concerns about westbound drivers on Paradise Boulevard missing the turn onto Universe Boulevard. Councilor Lewis requested an evaluation of the intersection, and the following improvements were recommended: exchanging the traffic signal lenses with right or left arrows, restriping the intersection to make the turns more clear, and adding a warning sign under the Universe street sign. These will be installed using the Councilor's set-aside fund.

How the Councilor Voted

Albuquerque Rapid Transit

A controversial measure to accept a federal grant for the purpose of building the Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) system was debated by the City Council on March 21. After listening to all sides, Councilor Lewis voted against accepting the funding because he feels that it is more important to focus on projects that will improve transit for the West Side. The measure passed on a 7-2 vote, and the Administration expects to begin construction in July. Councilor Lewis will continue to advocate for initiatives such as a transit center for Unser and Paseo del Norte and other projects that will shorten commutes and improve the quality of life on the West Side.

It's Spring Pruning Time

Green Waste Collection May 13th

The City's Solid Waste Division will have a special pick up for green waste such as leaves, grass clippings and branches, on Friday, May 13, along with the regular trash collection for the Northwest area. Solid Waste customers should have their yard waste bagged and set out at the curb five feet away from automated trash and recycling containers by 7 a.m. Each trash bag should not weigh more than 40 lbs. Tree branches must be cut to 4-ft lengths and bundled securely. Staff will not pick up dirt, construction materials, gravel, or tree stumps.

If you have questions about these or any issues in the Northwest area, you can call my office at 768-3189 or email me directly at [email protected].

Yours in service,

Dan Lewis

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