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By Debbie Israel


Sept. 21 meeting


September 29, 2017

San Juan County Commissioners met for their bi-weekly meeting on Sept. 21. All commissioners were present including Chairman Jack Fortner, Chairman Pro Tem Margaret McDaniel, and members Wallace Charley, Jim Crowley and John Beckstead. County CEO Kim Carpenter was also present, as well as County Attorney Doug Echols.

All actions were approved by unanimous votes of the commissioners.

Highlights of the meeting:

• Commissioners approved the Memorandum of Agreement with New Mexico Department of Agriculture for “Non-Native Phreatophyte removal and riparian restoration.” San Juan County is the fiscal agent for this project that has been ongoing for the past ten years.

• Renewal of a proposal to renew insurance for volunteer firefighters. The premium is paid through Walker Insurance and has been reduced recently. The insurance is for medical and disability for volunteer firefighters injured in the line of duty.

• Commissioners voted to donate surplus property, older laptops from the Sheriff’s Department, to the Bloomfield Police Department. Larry Hathaway, Community Development Administrator, said the Sheriff’s Department had upgraded to new laptops and the older ones are better than the ones currently being used by BPD.

• Commissioners approved the certification of FY17 physical inventory and also authorized for missing items to be removed from the books. Jim Cox, Chief Financial Officer, said that this approval certifies the accuracy of the assets owned by the county.

During reports, CEO Carpenter told commissioners he has plans to meet with the hospital about their desire to renovate and expand the Emergency Room; and Fran Fillerup, County Public Works Administrator, told commissioners that the inspection of the old Cedar Hill Bridge is scheduled for sometime during the week of Oct. 2.

The next meeting of the San Juan County Commission is scheduled for Oct 3, 4 pm, at the Commission Room of the Administration Building, 100 S. Oliver, Aztec. The public is always invited to attend.


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