Com­mis­sioner’s Corner

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by Anita Hand

This last month has been busy. For starters, our past county man­ager, Kate Fletcher, took a job with Ci­bola County and is no longer our man­ager. I cer­tainly wish her the best. The Com­mis­sion took ap­pli­ca­tions and re­ceived 10 ap­pli­ca­tions. Of those we picked 5 to in­ter­view. We had some great can­di­dates and in the end we of­fered the job to Bill Green. Although Mr. Green’s back­ground has been in ed­u­ca­tion he will bring a fresh set of eyes to county govern­ment. I be­lieve that a man­ager of Mr. Green’s ca­pac­ity will prove to be an as­set to the county. It is al­ways good to get a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on how a busi­ness or gov’t agency has been run, and as­sess if we, as a com­mis­sion, are pro­vid­ing the best for the res­i­dents.

We have an is­sue in Pie Town with the “tem­po­rary” clo­sure of their post of­fice. I was made aware of this and im­me­di­ately con­tacted Con­gress­man Pearce and Sen­a­tors Hein­rich and Udall for their as­sis­tance. All three worked to­gether to ad­vo­cate for the res­i­dents in Pie Town. The US Postal Ser­vice claimed that the build­ing was un­safe for their em­ploy­ees. I sup­port keep­ing the postal pa­trons and staff safe, how­ever, the US Postal Ser­vice has been aware of the build­ing be­ing in the con­di­tion it has been for years. It doesn’t make any sense to me that af­ter know­ing for years that the build­ing could po­ten­tially be un­safe. All of a sud­den, it was nec­es­sary to close it down with very lit­tle no­tice. I am cau­tiously op­ti­mistic that the US Postal Ser­vice will lis­ten to the pub­lic and get a new post of­fice, and am in con­stant con­tact with the agency lead to as­sure that reg­u­lar postal ser­vices will con­tinue and Pie Town will keep its his­toric boxes. I keep in close con­tact with the Sen­a­tors and Con­gress­man to, hope­fully, speed up the process so that reg­u­lar ser­vices will con­tinue. There will be a pub­lic meet­ing on May 9 at 5 PM to dis­cuss this is­sue even fur­ther. Please at­tend if you can. Pie Town seems to be the area of work th­ese last few weeks. I worked with the Solid Waste co­or­di­na­tor/su­per­vi­sor and our le­gal team to find a way to get trash ser­vice back to Pie Town. It was im­por­tant to ad­dress this as the County owns the park and camp­ground and il­le­gal dump­ing was be­com­ing a prob­lem. The de­tails are be­ing worked out and Pie Town should have a dump­ster soon. A HUGE thank you to the Ris­ing Stars for step­ping up and be­ing will­ing to work with the county to pro­vide trash ser­vice again. The Solid Waste co­or­di­na­tor, Becky, worked hard on this and it is a re­lief to see a so­lu­tion on the hori­zon.

In the last is­sue there was an ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing Se­cure Ru­ral School. The in­for­ma­tion wasn’t

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