Meetings Watch: County considering windmill collection

Roosevelt County Commissioners took the following action Tuesday:

• Agreed to consider Bill Dalley’s offer to donate his collection of about 80 windmills to the county. Commission Chairman David Sanders said officials would see what arrangements they could make.

Dalley said people come from “far and wide” to see the windmills, but he could no longer maintain the collection. He was talking with school agriculture departments about making stands for the windmills, and said once they were on metal stands, they would need minimal maintenance.

Commissioners discussed moving the windmills to the fairgrounds.

• Heard Rick Draker of R.M. Draker and Associates say his company has been hired under U.S. Department of Defense contract to implement points of the Keystone plan passed last year, including housing, health, economic development and orientation for Cannon Air Force Base personnel.

Draker said he wants the work to benefit the community as well as the base, and he plans to include outlying towns. He or an employee will be in an office at the Memorial Building three or four days a week, he said.

• Renewed contracts with lobbyist Mike Miller and Misdemeanor Probation Monitoring Officer Larry Boreing.

• Approved an agreement with the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services for the county to pay $32,000 in matching funds to have a full-time specialist to handle wildlife problems. The state and federal governments are to provide another $32,000.

• Approved an amendment to a cooperative agreement with the state for about $800 that wasn’t used in a road project to revert back to the state.

• Approved the sale of a county asphalt zipper to Bee Equipment for $35,000.

• Awarded a proposal for design of the new Los Abuelitos Senior Citizens Center to NCA Architects of Albuquerque.

• Approved the purchase of a 4,000-gallon water truck from Bee Equipment for $55,000.

• Allowed a motion to die for lack of a second that would have combined all road money into one account.

Commissioner Bill Cathey said with the state of the economy and decreases in road money received, he thought the county