Round Up Schol­ar­ship Open

Catron Courier - - Opinions & Editorials -

The 2015 Round Schol­ar­ship is now at $300 and open to se­niors who have grad­u­ated in Ca­tron County in 2015 to ap­ply. Grad­u­ates are in­vited to ap­ply by send­ing in a 250-500 word es­say on “My Great Re -Use Project” for a project that takes one item and makes it re­us­able for some­thing else.

Ap­pli­cants will be judged on cre­ativ­ity and clar­ity of con­vey­ing their ideas. Ap­pli­ca­tions must be sent in to the Ca­tron Courier by July 20, and should be emailed to: Procla­ma­tion for EMS Week in Ca­tron County. Ms. Fletcher in­tro­duced the coun­ties new Fi­nan­cial Direc­tor, Skip Dick­son, who started work on May 4. He is a CPA and is work­ing with County Trea­surer Ship­ley and County Manager Fletcher and has plans to bring fi­nan­cial im­prove­ments to the County. Ms. Fletcher stated that the 2015 -16 Bud­get is al­most ready to be sub­mit­ted to the DFA in Santa Fe. She will re­quest a spe­cial meet­ing be­fore the end of May for fi­nal ap­proval of the Bud­get which must be sub­mit­ted by May 31. Ms. Fletcher plans to host an open house for the new Ca­tron County Health Re­source Build­ing. Win­dow blinds and fur­ni­ture have been pur­chase and should be in­stalled soon. The phone sys­tem is in­stalled and WNM Com­mu­ni­ca­tions should be in­stalling the line soon. A con­tract has been is­sued to Keller Fenc­ing to in­stall an 8-foot chain link fence around the Glenwood Road Depart­ment Yard. A new fuel sys­tem will soon be in­stalled at the Re­serve Road Yard which will al­low bet­ter track­ing of fuel use and bring our sys­tem into com­pli­ance with EPA rules. County Manager Fletcher asked for di­rec­tion from the Com­mis­sion con­cern­ing a re­quested rate in­crease for the South­west Coun­cil of Gov­ern­ments. Com­mis­sion­ers agreed that the $500 in­crease is ap­pro­pri­ate. Mo­tion to ap­prove a Procla­ma­tion Declar­ing May 17 through 23 as Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices Week in Ca­tron County. Mo­tion car­ried. All voted Aye. Be­cause Mr. Alan Paul was not present Ms. Fletcher re­quested this item be tabled un­til the next meet­ing. Mo­tion to ta­ble this item. Mo­tion my.ca­tron.courier@gmail.com. The win­ning es­say will be printed in the Au­gust edi­tion of the Ca­tron Courier. Ap­pli­cants should in­clude their es­say and a short bio with name, and their fu­ture plans for how they would like to use the schol­ar­ship. If no win­ner is cho­sen, the schol­ar­ship fund will roll over to the next year (2016). Dona­tions are still open for 2015 and will close on July 20. Any dona­tions made af­ter that date will go to the 2016 Round Up Schol­ar­ship.

For more in­for­ma­tion email my.ca­tron.courier@gmail.com. Mo­tion made by to ap­prove bud­get ad­just­ments to Solid Waste, Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Road Dis­trict 2, Fire Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Com­mis­sion Line Items as pre­sented. Mo­tion car­ried. All voted Aye.

Mo­tion to ap­prove Res­o­lu­tion 037-2015, Use of Public Build­ings or Prop­er­ties such as Com­mu­nity Cen­ters, Meet­ing Rooms or Parks, by In­di­vid­u­als, Groups and Other Non-County En­ti­ties as pre­sented. Mo­tion car­ried. All voted Aye.

County Manager Fletcher and Blue Rib­bon Solid Waste Com­mit­tee Chair­man Dave Peters re­ported there will be in­for­ma­tion meet­ings held through­out the county be­gin­ning with meet­ings in Que­mado on May 21 and Datil May 23. They also re­viewed the process fol­lowed in ar­riv­ing at the cur­rent Or­di­nance as pre­sented. Mo­tion to ap­prove Or­di­nance 001-2015, An Or­di­nance Pro­vid­ing for the Col­lec­tion, Stor­age, and Dis­posal of Solid Waste; Es­tab­lish­ing and Im­pos­ing Man­age­ment and Dis­posal Fees on all Solid Waste Gen­er­ated within Ca­tron County, New Mex­ico; Pro­hibit­ing the Un­law­ful Dis­posal of Solid Waste; Pro­vid­ing for Penal­ties and En­force­ment; and Pro­vid­ing an Ef­fec­tive Date, as pre­sented with change to ef­fec­tive date from thirty days to July 1, 2015. Mo­tion car­ried. All voted Aye.

Chair­man Grif­fin re­turned to Public Com­ments to al­low Eileen Dodds to re­mark on cur­rent wa­ter is­sues. Ms. Dodds apol­o­gized for be­ing late hav­ing had to re­spond to an EMS call. She went on to ex­plain she at­tended the re­cent Re­gional Wa­ter Plan­ning Meet­ing in Al­bu­querque. The Re­gional Wa­ter Plan­ning Com­mit­tee is look­ing for wa­ter projects to be sub­mit­ted to the Wa­ter Trust Board for fund­ing. Projects could in­clude wa­ter shed projects, ru­ral wa­ter sys­tem im­prove­ments, and even fire pro­tec­tion for schools.

As ex­plained pre­vi­ously, the sign would be lo­cated at the in­ter­sec­tion of State Road 12 and 435 and the cost would be shared by the Re­serve VFW ($5,000), Re­serve Lodgers Tax ($7,000) and Ca­tron County ($5,000) with Navopache Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive pro­vid­ing in­stal­la­tion. Mo­tion to ap­prove con­trib- ut­ing $5,000 to the fund­ing of the elec­tronic sign. Mo­tion car­ried. All voted Aye.

Mo­tion to ap­prove the Third Quar­ter Re­port to the DAF as pre­sented. Mo­tion car­ried. All voted Aye.

County Manager Fletcher re­ported she is work­ing with the Re­serve Schools to have a joint auc­tion. The pro­posed date of June 27 would not work for the schools and re­quested that this be tabled un­til and new date can be es­tab­lished, pos­si­bly in Au­gust. Mo­tion to ta­ble this item. Mo­tion car­ried. All voted Aye.

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