Meetings Watch – Roosevelt County Commission

The following took place at the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday morning at the Roosevelt County Courthouse:

  • Charles Bennett with the Joint Land Use Study committee gave an update on the committee.

Bennett told commissioners that the committee is working with the U.S. Department of Defense to eliminate issues regarding local land development and its impact on military activity.

Bennett said although it seemed the original study would allow land owners to build wind farms on their property as long as they notified the DoD, DoD maps of eastern New Mexico show otherwise.

Bennett said the way he interpreted maps would preclude windmill structures from being built near military flight paths or the buffer zones around them.

Bennett is concerned property rights issues are at stake and he thinks a lot of wind energy projects will be denied.

  • During public requests, an 84-year-old Roosevelt County woman who lives near the Arch Highway said the amount of tumbleweeds that blow into her yard is ridiculous. She said the tumbleweeds pose hazards and have blocked her in her driveway several times.

The woman said a property owner near her home is not maintaining the tumbleweeds on his property well, causing them to blow into her yard. She asked the county commission to pass a tumbleweed control law.

Roosevelt County's attorney Rick Queener said the woman's situation is a civil issue and said she would be able to address that issue with her neighbor in civil court.

  • The following elected officials and department heads gave reports:

Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. Director Doug Redmond said he's putting the final touches on a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant application for a revolving loan program.

  • County Treasurer Nancy Belcher said her office continues to work on collecting back taxes from mobile homes in the county.
  • Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said the department has new uniforms.

Commission Chairman Bill Cathey asked for an update on any gun-related laws. Chief Deputy Malin Parker said no laws have been passed on the federal or state levels.

  • County Clerk Donna Carpenter said she has a new hire in her office, Stephanie Hicks. Carpenter said Hicks has 10 years of experience working for the Curry County clerk's office.
  • Ricky Lovato with the county's road department said they continue to work on North Avenue O and South Roosevelt Road P, removing sand from that area.
  • The commission approved out of state travel for Roosevelt County Detention Center officials to Memphis, Tenn., for the American Jail Association Use of Force Training.
  • The commission approved Indigent claims for the county in the amount of $162,284.
  • The commission approved to consider the discontinuance of 1.5 miles of South Roosevelt Road AZ.

Commissioner Kendell Buzard said the road leads to an abandoned home and the other property owners who use that road wish to have it closed because they said a lot of trespassing takes place.

  • The commission awarded a bid for janitorial services in the amount of $1,516 a month to Cleantech Janitorial of Colorado. The company has offices in New Mexico, according to Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb.
  • The commission accepted a donation in the amount of $500 from Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative and Yucca Telecom for a windmill relocation project.
  • The commission approved a resolution declaring April as National County Government Month.

— Compiled by PNT senior writer Christina Calloway

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