Meetings watch: Roosevelt County Commission

At the Roosvelt County Commission meeting held Tuesday in the Commission Room at the county courthouse, commissioners:

• Heard concerns regarding a roadway in the area of Roosevelt Road R 1/2 and Roosevelt Road 3.

• Heard an update on the war memorial to be placed at the corner of the courthouse.

Larry Smith said the stones for the memorial have been ordered and are in the process of being shipped. A contractor from Fort Sumner will engrave the red stones with the names of Roosevelt County residents who died in previous wars in black lettering.

• Heard a brief update on the Regional Growth Management Study.

Rick Draker presented commissioners with packets and said the Joint Land Use Study was completed and now, he would like to form an implementation committee to oversee other growth studies, which he would like to include representation from Curry and Roosevelt counties and Cannon Air Force Base as well as Melrose and Floyd, the two villages most affected by the base range.

• Approved a resolution declaring a fire danger emergency in Roosevelt County.

• Appointed road viewers for the proposed closure of RR AV, RR 1 North and RR 3 North.

• Appointed road viewers for the proposed closure of RR M between RR 9 and RR 10.

• Approved a contract with Ronny Fouts, CPA, to do a Fiscal Year 2011-12 Audit.

• Tabled awarding a bid for rough stock equipment for the Roosevelt County Event Arena until Commissioners David Sanders and Scott Burton were present for a special meeting.

• Awarded the bid for chip seal aggregate for the Road Department to K Barnett and Sons for $27,055.

• Approved the Law Enforcement Protection Fund (LEPF) for the Sheriff’s Office, which will include $27,000 for county law enforcement expenses plus $600 per extra deputy.

• Heard reports from elected officials/department heads.

Vicki Aguilar, loss prevention manager, asked for approval of 43 out of 54 claims with $39,565 being approved for Roosevelt General Hospital and $20,361 being approved for Covenant Medical Center.

David Casanova of the detention center said the jail currently holds 64 males and nine females.

— Compiled by PNT staff writer Alisa Boswell