Com­mis­sion Meet­ing Notes

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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

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