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By Debbie Israel



October 20, 2017

San Juan County Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Oct. 17. All commissioners were present except Mr. Wallace Charley. All items voted on during the meeting came with unanimous votes of approval.

Highlights from the meeting:

• Commissioners heard a presentation for San Juan County's Yard of the Month, which went to Robert and Terri Tafoya. The Tafoya's live southwest of Bloomfield.

• They also received the annual report from the Assessor's office, presented by County Assessor Jimmy Voita. Voita, in turn, presented awards to each of the people in his department for a job well done. He told commissioners this was the first year ever that his department received their report from the state and had no deficiencies or findings.

• Commissioners were asked to approve Resolution 17-18-21, declaring a rock slide, which damaged Farmers Mutual Ditch, to be a disaster. This resolution makes it possible to receive state aid to mitigate the effects of the rock slide, which cut off water to 680 water users in the Kirtland area.

• Tom Havel came to commissioners with a request to increase the per diem rate at the San Juan County jail to $82.29 per day, per person. Havel said the main reason the cost has risen is because of the cost of medical services for people at the jail.

• Traci Neff asked commissioners to approve a request for a contract with Socorro County for housing of juvenile detainees. She said Socorro County would pay $185 per day for each juvenile housed in San Juan County.

• Along the same lines, commissioners were asked to approve a Memorandum of Agreement with Sandoval County, authorizing incarceration and services for DWI offenders.

• The County Commissioner meeting scheduled for Nov. 21 will be canceled unless something comes up that need immediate action.

• Fran Fillerup reported that the Cedar Hill Bridge had been under inspection and the reports should be back soon.

Aztec City Commissioner Sheri Rogers reported to commissioners that Steve Mueller has been named as interim city manager to fill in until the new city manager is hired.

Two residents from the Nageezi area spoke during citizens input and told commissioners that safety on Hwy. 550 is an issue; and that there has been a lot of tires thrown onto BLM land that need to be cleaned up.


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