Catron County Commission Meeting Notes
motion to approve the agenda with the correction of adding the Resolution numbers to items 18 and 20 and as presented. Motion carried. All voted Aye.
Approval of Minutes—
County Clerk Riddle made a correction to the minutes on page three under the County Manager’s Report striking “Stacie Dempsey, Administrative Assistant to the Sheriff’s Office stated that”. Motion to approve the minutes as corrected. Motion carried. All voted Aye.
Carroll Fletcher, Pie Town Rising Stars
Discussions Lodger’s Tax—
Jennifer Swenson presented a written and verbal presentation on the benefits of a Lodger’s Tax for Catron County. Question and answer period.
Forest Plan Revision—
Matt Schultz and Eric Flood made a presentation on the steps in the Forest Plan Revision that is in the first phase. After answering questions, they reported that public meetings will be held March 19 in Quemado, March 20 in Glenwood and March 26 in Reserve.
Jess Carey, County Wildlife Inspector, and Mike Kelly, USFWS, reported on current conditions and numbers of wolves in Catron and moving into Sierra Counties.
Department Reports Finance Report—
County Treasurer, Connie Shipley presented the report. (Ed. Total in treasury is 6,924,081.00.) Motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented. Motion carried. All voted Aye.
County Manager, Kate Fletcher, reported on activities of the Manager and the Commission Office:
Airport satellite/weather station and fuel station; EMF/ Fair Building bid will be awarded today;
Kiehne/Middle Frisco project continuing; RFP for Courthouse floors is out;
2018/19 Budget planning has begun;
Department Head meeting will be held on Tuesday the 13th;
Rancho Grande Fire Department transfer to Reserve Fire Department is progressing;
Good Fire Chief’s meeting with introduction of the new State Fire Inspector;
Three requests for funding from the Indigent Fund for burial;
Catron County received all of its request for Capital Appropriations;
Robert Apodaca will be here next week to assist with financial reports;
A wildfire in Pie Town area yesterday burned 38.8 acres;
The new console for the Sheriff’s Office was delivered yesterday and will be installed next week.
Forest Service Report
John Pierson, Reserve District Ranger, reported on logging, restoration projects, slash burning, NEPA projects, thinning projects and outlook on the coming fire season.
Erick Stemmerman, new Glenwood District Ranger, reported on NEPA projects, improvement projects for Cosmic Campground and Catwalk, reintroduction of Gila Trout to streams in the area and stated that he fully supports all RAK projects.
Sheriff’s Department Report—
Under Sheriff, Clif Snyder, reported there are three in jail. Introduced State Police Captain Romero, who assured the Commissioners that the State Police continue to respond and work in Catron County.
Approval of Award of Bid for EM/Fair Building Construction—
motion to approve the bid for the EM/ Fair Building Construction to Mira Loma, Inc. as presented. Motion carried. All voted Aye.
Approval of Interim Fire Chief for Wildhorse Fire Department—
motion to approve the election of Jens Swenson as interim Fire Chief for Wildhorse Fire Department as presented. Motion carried. All voted Aye.
Approval for County Software—
County Manager Fletcher request this item be tabled due to a protest of the RFP. Motion to table. Motion carried. All voted Aye.
Approval of Air Force Survival Training—
Communication will be between the Air Force and the Sheriff’s Office. Reserve District Ranger Pierson also re-