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By Debbie Israel



September 8, 2017

San Juan County Commissioners held their bi-weekly meeting Sept. 5 at the San Juan County Commission Chambers.

All Commissioners were present, including Chairman Jack Fortner, Chairman Pro Tem Margaret McDaniel, and Commissioners John Beckstead, Wallace Charley and Jim Crowley.

All actions came with unanimous votes.

Highlights from the meeting:

Presentation of Award - County CEO Kim Carpenter presented the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s “Emergency Manager of the Year” Award to Mike Mestas. Mestas is the first ever to receive the new award.

Proclamation Declaring Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week - Member of the Daughters of the American Revolution were present to receive the proclamation.

Resolution to approve grant with NM Environment Dept for regional water system construction projects - This resolution makes it possible to re-authorize capital outlay funds that were previously authorized by the State Legislature. The funds were originally earmarked to connect Flora Vista to Farmington’s wastewater system, but since that project was scrapped, the money was re-allocated to three different regional projects: help for the Apple Orchard Mutual Domestic Water Users Association, which will be added to the funds from the City of Bloomfield; an interconnection of the Northstar and Upper LaPlata Water Users Association, which will help out the people in the E. Culpepper Flats area who have been hauling water; and any remaining funds will be divided between the Northstar Water Users and The Flora Vista Water Users Associations.

Lee Acres Fire Station #2 - Bid 17-18-03 was awarded to Winters Construction of Farmington for a new fire station on the south side of the bridge that is being replaced on CR 5500. Because the weight load was decreased on the bridge and fire trucks can’t use the bridge, the south side of the river was left with no fire protection.

Support for five 2018 Legislative priorities of the NM Association of Counties - Those priorities include 1) an amendment to the NM Forfeiture Act that pertains to the government seizing and disposing of property; 2) protect county funding of health care; 3) support tax reform so that there is no negative impact on county governments; 4) supporting local elections, combining elections to help eliminate the need for so many special elections; and 5) extend the 2014 HB16 liquor tax and use the funds for local DWI grant funding.


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