Commission Meeting Notes
sary. Mr. Nance stated that state statute did not allow for blanket billing of all land owners without allowing for exemptions which could be spelled out in the ordinance.
Motion was made by Commissioner McGuire to direct County Administration to publish title and general summary of an amendment to the solid waste ordinance changing the rate structure and creating exceptions allowed. Second by Chairman Griffin. Motion carried.
Motion was made by Chairman Griffin to direct County Administration to set up a public hearing on increasing the Solid Waste fees pursuant to Section 4-56-3 NMSA 1978 at the rate deemed appropriate by the administration and staff. Second by Commissioner McGuire. Motion carried. Consideration of GASB Contract— County Manager Snyder recommended approval of a contract with Records Consultants, Inc. (RCI) in the amount of $17,350.00 to complete a 100% inventory of all county assets valued at $500 or more. Motion was made by Commissioner McGuire to approve the contract as presented. Motion carried.
Meeting adjourned 1:34 PM. Regular Meeting, Draft Notes November 14, 2013 Meeting called to order 9:04 AM. Public Comment
Jim Wasserburger commented on the need for street signs to be installed to assist with emergency responders.
Ruben Fragoso, State of NM, Economic Development Division was present to offer information and advice in regard to economic issues.
Nomiko Charlie Perez, past County Payroll Clerk, complained about how she was treated by the County Manager while employed by the county.
Wayne Ashby commented on the need for the Mogollon Road and Cemetery Road to be repaired. This is an economic issue for that part of the county. Commissioner Allred stated that the State received $13 million to restore the road to Mogollon. It is in the DOT jurisdiction.
Russell Laney complained that the Commission and the Commission Office are to blame for the death of his uncle, Andrew “Beano” Derrick, in a fire that consumed his home in Luna. The Fire Department was shorthanded and slow to respond because of the events around the removal of the tanks at the Fire Department.
Debra Najar, Courthouse Janitor, stated that she has filed a complaint with the NM EEOC concerning the way she has been treated by the County Manager.
Eva Stover stated that it took a lot of courage for Ms. Perez and Ms. Najar to stand up to the bulling that they have experienced. Solid Waste Ordinance
Extended discussion ensued concerning options to make the Solid Waste System selfsufficient. County Treasurer Connie Shipley stated that there are 547 uncollected accounts over two years old totaling over $110,000. The Treasurer’s Office has added approximately 1,500 new accounts to the system but the collection rate is only about 52%. There is a need to hire a collection agency and send outstanding bills for collection. With the exception of one year, the Solid Waste System has run in the red every year, 2010 to 2013, with $1,288,000 being contributed out of the General Fund to cover the shortage.
Discussion of how the county notifies the community concerning special meetings called to change ordinances and/or rate increases was extensive. The County Attorney’s stated that advertising in the Albuquerque Journal satisfies the law concerning newspaper of general circulation. Audience members stated that the appropriate papers would be the Silver City Daily Press and the Socorro El Defensor Chieftian. Notices are also placed at county post offices.
The cost increases to bring the System up to self-sufficiency was discussed extensively. The options revolve around two choices: 1) raise the annual fee to $144 per residence and business plus additional cards available for $36 each. Paying at the Convenience Centers would be $10 per cubic yard. Or 2) charge every land owner in the county and annual fee of $60 and cards would be purchased as needed from the Treasurer for $36 per card. Paying at the Convenience Centers would be $10 per cubic yard. Both plans would include using a collection agency.
It was pointed out by several speakers that there need to be new revenue streams created such as increased logging, cattle production, and mining. Mr. Fragoso from the State Economic Development offered the suggestion of a business license and lodgers tax as appropriate streams of revenue.
County Attorney’s will draw up two options as discussed for publishing and public hearing before final adoption. Proposed Plan to Develop Elfego Baca Property— Andres Giron/Catron County Citizens Group
Mr. Jiron presented two proposals to develop the property across the street from the Courthouse. Plan “A” requires purchase or receive donation of Kiehne property and allows for construction of large gazebo/band stand surrounded by grassy area. Surrounding the whole area would be vender stalls/picnic areas. Cost would be under $300,000 if the property is donated. Plan “B” is a smaller version using only the property currently owned by the county costing around $70,000. The Village of Reserve Lodger’s tax would be used to provide maintenance of the area. Grants