With Election Day on Nov. 2 and a change of the form of government from mayor-council to commission-manager two months away, Edgewood’s entire planning and zoning commission resigned this week as town operations slowly grind to a halt.

The planning and zoning commission’s last action was to record its Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law with regard to the Campbell Ranch Master Plan, and changes sought by developers after 20 years that it approved in September.

The commission also accepted clarification from Bernalillo County about jurisdiction over a portion of the Master Plan which lies in that county, not within Edgewood’s municipal boundaries.

Dating from Oct. 22 to Oct. 26, all four members of the commission sent letters of resignation to the town. “Following the recent announcement by Commission Chair, Glenn Felton, that he intends to leave the commission, I have determined … that it would not be feasible for me to preside over future meetings when out of town,” wrote Commissioner Janelle Turner, vice-chair, adding, “I believe that any pending applications which might come forward before the end of the year can be satisfactorily dealt with by the Governing Body.”

She said the terms of all four planning and zoning commissioners had been expired for months, and that there is no business pending before the board.

Felton’s letter was very short, saying that his term “will end with the conclusion of business on October 26, 2021,” and adding, “I wish all the best to those who may continue in this very important role.”

At Edgewood’s regular council meeting Oct. 27, candidate for commissioner Jerry Powers said of those resignations and other recent staff losses, “I think it just shows a tremendous disrespect for the people of Edgewood to abandon these positions before there can be a transition to the new form of government.”

Unopposed in the race for commission, Powers will be on the new governing body.

At its regular council meeting Oct. 27, the town council briefly considered cancelling all meetings through the end of the year.

The idea was strongly opposed by Councilor Audrey Jaramillo, who is the only person on the current town council to be on the new commission, as she is running unopposed.

Councilor Linda Holle continued to voice her concerns that Edgewood can’t legally conduct business without a sworn clerk.

“A clerk is not necessary in practice,” Jaramillo said, adding that it “has happened in many municipalities, not just Edgewood” and saying that signing of checks is “not an issue.”

At its meeting, the council voted, over Holle’s objection, to allow an Edgewood employee acting as “interim deputy clerk” to be able to co-sign checks so that the town can continue to conduct its business.

When it came changing the council’s meeting schedule for the rest of the year, Holle abstained from voting, saying that making the change was not an action item but “calendar review.” Abrams and Abraham voted to change the meeting schedule, while Jaramillo voted against the change.

The town has two regularly scheduled meetings a month, on the second and fourth Wednesdays. To accommodate the holidays in November and December, one meeting each month has been cancelled, and the last two regular council meetings of the year are now scheduled for Nov. 17 and Dec. 15.

Abraham told her fellow councilors that this is a routine practice.

In addition to the resignation of all members of the planning and zoning commission, Edgewood recent employee losses include its clerk-treasurer, deputy clerk and planning and zoning administrator.

Town offices remain closed to the public except by appointment, and meetings are still being held virtually.

Any planning and zoning issues would come directly to the town council or commission until a new board is appointed.