Meetings Watch: Roosevelt County Commission — Oct. 16

Roosevelt County commissioner took the following action at Tuesday’s regular meeting:

• Approved a proclamation from the 9th Judicial District Court proclaiming Nov. 1 as “Celebrate Pro Bono Day.” Lawyers will be giving free legal consultations related to civil cases 2 p.m.-4 p.m. at the YAM Theatre.

• Approved a resolution designating the polling places for the 2014 Primary and General elections. The Portales polling places will be the Jake Lopez Building and the Memorial Building. The rural polling places will be at Dora schools, Elida schools, and Floyd Community Center.

• Approved a resolution declaring the county’s intent to issue industrial revenue bonds in the amount of $430 million in connection with a proposed wind ranch project located in Roosevelt County between Elida and Dora. The bonds are being issued for the purpose of Roosevelt County Wind Ranch, LLC to develop the project site and to construct and install the project.

• Tabled a request from Portales City Council regarding Roosevelt County assisting in funding a feasibility study for the proposed Family Entertainment Center. The cost for the feasibility study is between $15,000 and $25,000.

• Approved architectural plans and cost estimates for Magistrate Court Project. These plans would build a new Magistrate Court building connected to the current the Roosevelt County Detention Center, on the south end. The project would cost $3.34 million.

• Approved support of a new, safe water study for the Canadian River Water Basin and Ute Lake. The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is building a 110-mile pipeline from Ute Lake south to 12 member communities. ENMRWA recently voted to rely on the most recent study, from 1994. The county approved support of a new, more accurate study to determine the ability of Ute Lake and Canadian River Water Basin to yield 24,000 acre feet of water annually.

• Approved Medical co-pay policy for Roosevelt County inmates. Inmates will pay $5 for a nurse visit, $10 each for a doctor or dentist visit, $4 for pharmacy, and $12 for medical transport services. These charges will only be assessed when an inmate requests medical attention, and not when initiated by medical staff. The purpose of the co-pay is to reduce the amount of unnecessary requests for medical attention.

• Approved agreement for inmate health care services between Roosevelt County and Correctional Healthcare Companies, Inc. for one year for the amount of $295,600.

• Renewed contract between Roosevelt County and Stephens Construction and Ready Mix, Inc. for hauling of road materials.

• Awarded a bid for banking services to James Polk Stone Community Bank.

 — Compiled by PNT staff writer Eric Norwood



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