Pe­ti­tion Up­date

Catron Courier - - Opinions & Editorial - by Jay Car­roll

For those of you who are not aware, on April 29 Penny and I met with Gov­er­nor Su­sana Martinez and her ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant Claire Romero. Rep. Don Tripp was also present and was in­stru­men­tal in ar­rang­ing for the meet­ing… Thanks, Don.

The pur­pose of the meet­ing was to present the signed pe­ti­tions (454 sig­na­tures) from Ca­tron and So­corro Coun­ties, re­gard­ing “Lim­it­ing Au­thor­ity of State Con­struc­tion In­spec­tors.” Our meet­ing with the Gov­er­nor lasted for over ninety min­utes, and in my es­ti­ma­tion, was quite fruit­ful. She was very re­cep­tive to the idea of the meet­ing and seemed to be quite sur­prised—and dis­mayed—at many of the facts that we pre­sented.

She stated that the Con­struc­tion In­dus­tries Divi­sion and in par­tic­u­lar the in­spec- tion process, was a 'pet peeve' of hers and that she had em­pha­sized from the begin­ning that the process should be friendly and busi­ness-like. She fur­ther com­mented that an un­friendly in­spec­tion process is not con­sis­tent with her mes­sage that, "New Mex­ico Is Open For Busi­ness." She said, "How can I run around the coun­try and say that New Mex­ico is open for busi­ness, when we have this type of stuff go­ing on?"

Dur­ing our meet­ing, the Gov­er­nor and her as­sis­tant took co­pi­ous notes and she asked very pointed ques­tions based on the meet­ing out­line which I pre­sented to her. She al­lowed me to cover each point and ex­pound on each so that it was clear to her that the cit­i­zens of Ca­tron County were just not com­plain­ing about state in­spec­tors. Rather it was made very clear to her, given the pre­pon­der­ance of evi-

dence, that the in­spec­tors and in­ci­dents cited in the cor­re­spon­dence—from sev­eral of you—con­sti­tuted the ex­is­tence of a very real prob­lem within her ad­min­is­tra­tion.

From my per­spec­tive of hav­ing had the op­por­tu­nity to sit face-to-face with Gov­er­nor Martinez and to look her in the eye for 90 min­utes, I am con­vinced that she got the mes­sage… and that she will take ac­tion to ar­rive at a so­lu­tion suit­able to the peo­ple of New Mex­ico and those look­ing to build in New Mex­ico.

At the con­clu­sion of our meet­ing, Gov­er­nor Martinez asked me to give her ninety days to work on these is­sues and be­gin to turn things in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion. Af­ter the ninety day pe­riod, she asked me to call her di­rectly to get an up­date as to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of new poli­cies, pro­ce­dures and her di­rec­tives de­signed to bring about nec­es­sary change.

I in­tend to fol­low through with the Gov­er­nor and hold her ac­count­able with re­gard to her com­mit­ment to us. I will keep you in­formed by email and through up­com­ing ar­ti­cles in the Ca­tron Courier. I would ask that you do the same by let­ting me know if you ob­serve or hear of any changes— pos­i­tive or neg­a­tive where the CID in­spec­tion process is con­cerned.

In clos­ing, I want to thank all of you who signed our pe­ti­tion and I want to con­vey a spe­cial thanks to those who went on record to tell their sto­ries by writ­ing let­ters. The let­ters writ­ten by you were quite pow­er­ful. I am op­ti­mis- tic that we will see change.

THANKS!… for stand­ing with us and re­mind­ing the Gov­er­nor and our state em­ploy­ees that, “THEY WORK FOR US!"

"Let's Go Build Some­thing" Jay@LogStick­AndS­ 575-772-2727 or 888-PIE-TOWN

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