Council members raises constituents complaints

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By David Giuliani

Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron brought up a list of specific complaints from constituents at last week’s City Council meeting, which didn’t please some of her colleagues.

Among the problems was a drainage issue and a weed complaint.

Councilwoman Diane Moore said such matters should go through city employee Teresa Duran, whose job is to log and track such complaints.

“She’ll take care of a majority of those issues,” City Manager Timothy Dodge said.

Gurule-Giron acknowledged that council members and the public were supposed to bring such problems to Duran. But she said it was important that she express the concerns publicly.

“I believe that it’s actually positive that we report it publicly. If it doesn’t get resolved immediately, I can bring it up publicly,” she said.

Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said the city gets many requests and that council members shouldn’t expect all of them to be addressed immediately.

Dodge said going through Duran was the way to go.

“If an issue is not being addressed, give me a call and we’ll come back with a reasonable explanation,” Dodge said.