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By Debbie Israel


March 7, 2017


March 10, 2017

When the San Juan County Commissioners met on March 7, they were presented with statistics from the Animal Shelters in Aztec and Farmington, and they were asked to approve the rates that the shelters would charge the county for using those shelters for the FY18 budget.

Mike Stark, Chief Operations Officer for San Juan County, presented the numbers to the commissioners. He said the amount of money requested from the two entities are based on the number of animals taken into the shelters during the previous year. The Aztec Shelter had 1690 animals, and the Farmington Shelter had about twice that number, 3337. Aztec has requested $214,917 from the county to use their facility; and Farmington, after a 13% subsidy, has requested $581,060.

Chairman Jack Fortner said he was concerned about the number of animals that come to the Farmington shelter from the Navajo Nation. He told Mr. Stark that, in a year, he would like to ask that the Navajo Nation pay for a share of the expenses. It was noted that 40% of the animals at the Farmington Shelter are from the Navajo reservation.

Commissioners reluctantly voted 3 - 0 to approve the amounts, with Commissioners Wallace Charley and Margaret McDaniel being absent.

Commissioners also approved a new provider for medical services to the detention centers. There were seven responses to a published RFP, and only two of those were comprehensive plans. The bid was awarded to Correct Care Services out of Nashville.

The next meeting of the San Juan County Commission is scheduled for March 21, beginning at 4 pm.


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