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.
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