Meetings watch — March 19

Roosevelt County Commission

The following took place at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting in the Commission Room of the Roosevelt County Courthouse:

• Approval of a memorandum of understanding between Cannon Air Force Base, the city of Clovis, the city of Portales, Curry County and Roosevelt County for partnership training opportunities agreement. This agreement would also share specialized collaborative training between Cannon AFB and the local community like EMS and firefighting training equipment that Cannon AFB has. Another service that the county could use is Cannon’s engineering services.

• Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator David Casanova reported 119 inmates in RCDC, including 11 women and 108 men, one juvenile, 20 from Chaves and 44 from Eddy County.

Proclamation to declare April as National County Government Month. County Manager Charlene Webb shared ideas on how the county could celebrate this month by having an open house at the courthouse and planning field trips for elementary schools to come. Webb said it would bring more awareness to the community of what the Roosevelt County government does as most only think about the courts. The open house would also have demonstrations from other entities in county.

• The meeting went into executive session where the commissioners agreed to sign Webb for two more years as county manager. Webb’s yearly salary is $81,440.

— Compiled by PNT staff writer Lillian Bowe

Portales City Council
Portales Mayor Sharon King was the tiebreaker in selecting newly elected Ward C Councilor Mike Miller as the new mayor pro tem of the Portales City Council.
The council, composed of eight councilors, was deadlocked Tuesday night after voting between Miller and Ward D Councilor Keith Thomas.
The councilors had to vote for a new mayor pro tem as part of a requirement of the state election code.
King ultimately selected Miller, citing his experience as serving as mayor pro tem during his past experience as a councilor.
Other highlights from Tuesday’s meeting include:
• The council’s approval for the city’s DWI program coordinator to submit a Juvenile Adjudication Fund grant application for $15,000 for the Teen Court Program. The money would provide travel funds for the youth participants to attend a team building retreat in the summer and to visit with the state’s Legislature. The funds will also allow the program to contract with Mental Health Resources to provide classes for youth offenders. The city’s in-kind match is $13,500.
• The council’s approval of a resolution authorizing the mayor to apply for hardship funds through the New Mexico Department of Transportation Surplus Equipment Auction Program.
City Manager Doug Redmond said the city would have the opportunity to purchase up to four pickup trucks. Applications are based on economic hardships and only 20 entities will be allowed to participate in the auction based on available funding.
Redmond said the city’s departments need new work trucks and this will allow them to purchase used trucks, but ones in better condition than the city’s current trucks, without spending money from the general fund.
• The council’s approval of a resolution authorizing the mayor to sign the state fire marshal’s office Municipal Fire Protection Fund Distribution application. The minimal amount projected on the 2015 application is $154,169.
• The council’s approval to purchase three items for the Public Works Department, including two riding mowers and a pickup truck for the Sanitation Department. The total cost of the items is $58,295 and will be paid with leftover funds from other areas in the department.
• A presentation of the “Clean Campus Award to Brown Early Childhood Development Center.

— Compiled by PNT senior writer Christina Calloway

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