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By Debbie Israel


July 25, 2017


When county commissioners met on July 25, the bridge on County Road 5500, in the Lee Acres area, was again on their agenda. Fran Fillerup, County Public Works Administrator, brought the item to the previous meeting but commissioners decided to wait until after a public meeting was held to take any action. Commission Chairman Jack Fortner commented that he wanted to make sure there was public support for the bridge project before voting to re-appropriate funds to replace it.

Over 100 people attended the public meeting on July 13 to voice their opinions on replacing the aging bridge in their neighborhood. The bridge, identified by the county as BR 8130, has been moved to the top of the list of bridges to be replaced in San Juan county, according to an engineer who has worked on several bridges in the area. The engineer also said that this particular bridge has been on the list to be replaced since 2008. The load limit on the bridge has been reduced to 13000 pounds, which causes many large vehicles to use an alternate route.

Several people from Lee Acres attended the commission meeting and one spokesperson said she worries about the bridge not lasting until the replacement is built. She said she sees trucks every day on the bridge that shouldn’t be crossing because of their weight. The Sheriff’s Department has stepped up patrols near the bridge to keep that from happening.

Ultimately, commissioners voted 5-0 to fund the bridge replacement.

Other items approved by commissioners included:

Funds for San Juan Regional Medical Center to replace 51,000 square feet of roofing on the east tower of the hospital. $670,401 will come from gross receipts tax money earmarked for the hospital.

An agreement with McKinley County to house their juveniles in the San Juan County juvenile facility at a cost of $185 per day per person. The juvenile facility in Gallup will be closed after August 1. McKinley County would still be responsible for the costs associated with the inmates, such as transportation and medical care outside the facility.

Amendments to the county’s animal control policy.

Rate adjustments for the RV park located at McGee Park, to include a weekly discounted rate.

The FY2018 budget which must be turned into the state by July 31.

And to adopt the NM Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP) for 2019-2023, which must also be submitted to the state.


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