Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Big I Task Force Jumps Gun.(Metropolitan)

Byline: Patrick Armijo Journal Staff Writer

'Preliminary Meeting' Discusses Landscaping

Controversy over landscaping at the Big I has spread to the Mayor's Office and City Council.

Councilor Greg Payne on Friday led what he called a "preliminary meeting" of the Big I Pride Task Force, a group formed in a council-approved resolution sponsored by Councilor Tim Kline and Payne to address a dispute over who would pay for, plant and maintain Big I landscaping.

But Mayor Jim Baca has yet to officially name the members.

Nonetheless, Suzanne Probart, executive director of Tree New Mexico, said the discussion was helpful.

"Whether the task force builds on this or not, I feel it was a productive meeting," Probart said. …

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