Easter Cantata: Thank You
George Esqueda, Engineers Inc., said the project is at a standstill due to lack of easement on a portion of private property on Manzanita Street. The land owner does not want to give or sell an easement, but would rather sell the lot to the county for $30,000. The option is to move to another part of Rancho Grande Estates and revisit this area at a later date.
Beer Garden at Fairgrounds—
Leisil Luera, Vice President, Uncle Bill’s Bar, presented a proposal to establish a Beer Garden at the Fairgrounds between the stands of the Rodeo Arena. The proposal includes fencing, security, limited sales and hours of operation. A formal request will follow in the future.
Catron County Commission on Aging—Senior Centers—
Louise Menges, Executive Director, presented a request for the County to consider taking ownership of all Senior Center properties and approve an in-kind joint powers agreement between the County and the Commission on Aging. Recent reinterpretation of the “Anti-Donation Clause” of the New Mexico Constitution, Article IX, Section 14 makes it impossible for the Commission on Aging to receive any State or Local Government support unless the properties are owned by a State or Local agency. Based on the County Health Profile and Assessment previously presented, more and more of Catron Counties population is being served by the Senior Centers in Reserve, Glenwood, and Quemado.
Catron County Commission on Aging—
Motion was made by Commissioner Allred to direct staff to proceed to receive deeds and with assistance of County Attorney’s develop and sign necessary agreements and/or contracts with the Catron County Commission on Aging. Motion carried. All voted Aye.
Ordinance 002-2015— Property Tax Rebate Benefitting Low-Income Taxpayers—
Motion made by Commissioner Hand to not pass Ordinance 002-2015 per recommendation of County Attorney Nance. Motion carried. All voted Aye.
Resolution 036-2015— Budget Adjustment—
County Manger Fletcher requested this Resolution be tabled until the next meeting when all items that need to be adjusted can be reconciled. Motion made by Commissioner Hand to table Resolution 036-2015. Motion carried. All voted Aye.
Approve Changes to the Scope of Work for the Rancho Grande Road Project—
Motion made by Commissioner Allred to approve the necessary changes in Scope of Work on the Rancho Grande Road Project as determined by County Road Supervisor Mark Atwood, Engineer George Esqueda and County Manager Fletcher. Motion carried. All voted Aye.
Approve Annual Fire Department PERA Reports—
Motion made to approve the Annual Fire Department PERA Reports. All voted Aye.
Motion made to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel and/or pending litigation. Motion carried. All voted Aye.
Motion was made by Chairman Griffin to return to Regular Session stating that no action was taken in Executive Session. All voted Aye.
On the evening of Saturday, April 4, the Quemado Christian Community Choir performed our Easter Cantata at the Quemado First Baptist Church, and after much concern about whether we were really ready to pull this off, we did a bang-up job! Even though our choir, which is made up of members from several of the community churches and the community as well, is small... (could use more members, please) ... we put on a program that any mother would be proud of. We work hard to bring the community a good program, and we sacrifice lots of hours to do so...sometimes standing on our feet longer than most of us would like. We go over, and over again, the songs that we just can't quite get right...or notes that we have trouble finding...or rhythm and timing that doesn't seem to work out. On the outside, we are fighting colds and flu, family emergencies, jobs that take precedence...but we keep right on practicing because this is our passion. And we wouldn't be able to do this without the help of others as well. But sometimes we get so in- volved in our own concerns that we fail to remember to thank those who helped us get through it all.
For this Cantata, we had three narrators—Paul Templeton, Karen Jardine, and Mike Bennett—who helped us share the story that "Jesus is alive!" connecting the story with our music. Then there is our sound coordinator, Richard Parker who, with his training and knowledge, puts us in sync with the music, and the microphones, and the speakers, so that the sound we send out to you will be just right. Our thanks to all of you.
More importantly, we need to thank Jerry Armstrong, our director, who seems to find the time to bring us together for rehearsals and practice, when he has so many other job and family obligations to deal with. He should be proud to know that he can perform miracles with some of us.
But most importantly, our thanks to the Good Lord for helping us to get past all of our fears, hit the right notes, and sing His praises. Through our faith, and His support and grace, it always seems to work out just fine. Happy "He is Risen" to everyone!