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By Debbie Israel

San Juan County Commission


San Juan County Commissioners presented a Certificate of Excellence to Faye Anderson, director at the San Juan County Housing Authority at their meeting on May 16. Anderson took on a project that needed work, and has put many hour into earning the Excellent rating for 14 years in a row.

Commissioners also accepted the FY 2018 Interim Budget, presented to them by Jim Cox, Finance Director. According to Cox, San Juan County had a $2 million loss to the budget due to state budget cuts.

Commissioners decided to schedule an additional meeting in June, and move the July 4 meeting to July 11. There was only one meeting scheduled for June, on the 6th, and June 20 was added to the schedule.

Connie Peavey spoke to commissioners about a business that is opening in her neighborhood in the county. She said she knows there is no zoning in the county, but presented a petition to commissioners with complaints, and explained why she and her neighbors are not happy that an event venue is planning to open this weekend.

County CEO Kim Carpenter replied to a citizen comment, that the county is very concerned about PNM closing their facility here. He said the loss of PNM would cost the county over $10 million, including 647 jobs. The county and city of Farmington are working together to hold a public town-hall style meeting about the issue. He said PNM’s plans now are to close by 2022, but the closing may come sooner.


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