Around Town

lisa jimenezAround Town: Silver City News and Services is a new column by Lisa Jimenez, who is contracted with the town of Silver City to provide freelance writing services.

Around Town will cover utilities, streets, and other town amenities that are in the news

Educational Period Ends for Use of Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles

Silver City -- Silver City Police Officers will now begin issuing citations to drivers of Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles or ROVs who violate local laws and regulations related to the use of these vehicles. ROVs became legal to drive on town streets on July 17, when the new ordinance took effect. The Silver City Police Department allowed ROV drivers a full month to educate themselves about the law, but now ROVers will be cited for any safety violations, said Silver City Police Chief Freddie Portillo.

"I'm very pleased to report that we've not had any problems or incidents related to ROVs on town streets, and I hope it stays that way," said Portillo. "The educational phase of this new ordinance is over, so I encourage any ROV owners who are not familiar with the local laws regarding the permitting, operation or general use of these vehicles to please contact us. Any ROV users in violation of the ordinance will be cited."

tosc fire training 1Recently hired firefighters Skyler McGiveron and Jaedon Rodriguiz train to "catch a hydrant"-  the process of securing a water supply to a fire apparatus
rope trainingSilver City firefighters practice rapelling off the Hudson Street BridgeBy Lisa Jimenez

Thinking of firefighters, perhaps what comes to mind are images of buff, T-shirt-clad, card playing guys hanging out at the fire station waiting for a fire or emergency call. But just like those Hollywood, soap-opera firefighting TV dramas, these images are far from the truth, says Silver City Fire Chief Milo Lambert.

Managing Wastewater is a Vital Service of Town Government
Key to Public Health, Groundwater Protection and Economic Development

By Lisa Jimenez

Ever wondered what happens to the contents of your toilet once you’ve flushed? Probably not, yet managing wastewater is a basic responsibility of local government, the importance of which is lost on most residents who pay for such services. Wastewater management is a vital component of groundwater protection, public health, and economic development.

“Every community lives and dies on water and waste,” says James Marshall, Silver City’s assistant town manager. “Managing waste, whether solid or liquid, impacts every resident, organization and business in town. We forget about those guys out there, but the work they do is critically important to our health, sanitation and ultimately our wallets.”

Keeping the Water Flowing:
What it Takes to Bring Water to Your Tap

By Lisa Jimenez

Water is vital to human life. Adult bodies average 60% water, and our brains are composed of 73% water. Without water, there is no food production. Simply put, without water we die. Yet daily we turn on our faucets and don’t think twice about that precious, life-giving liquid flowing from the tap. This article is the first in a series by local freelance writer Lisa Jimenez, about town government and services. Today’s focus: our municipal water supply.

On the surface, Silver City’s water system seems as simple as turning on the faucet and watching the water flow. After all, the water just gets pumped from the ground and distributed to household and commercial taps, right? Yes and no. Yes, the system itself is fairly simple, but keeping a sufficient volume of potable water flowing smoothly through a vast, underground spiderweb-like distribution system is complex, requiring planning, maintenance and frequent monitoring.