[Editor's Note: This is the final article of a three-part series on the NM CAP Entity regular meeting Dec. 3, 2018.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
For new business, the first two items addressed a motion made at an earlier meeting, discussed at the November meeting, and resolved at the Dec. 3, 2018 regular meeting of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity meeting.
The motion made by Howard Hutchinson, representing the San Francisco Soil and Water Conservation District, at the Sept. 4, 2018 meeting stated: "To authorize the executive director in conjunction with the engineering contractor and counsel to respond and communicate to these questions from the NEPA joint leads." He requested an amendment to the motion.
Catron County has unanimously voted for Gabriel Ramos as their selection to replace District 28 Senator Howie Morales, who is Lt. Governor-elect. Morales also represents Grant County and Socorro County. Grant County plans to makes its selection at a special meeting on Jan. 3, 2019. Socorro County also plans to make its choice early next year.
Grant County Commission Announces Slate of Candidates for Senate Vacancy
The Grant County Board of Commissioners will meet in a Special Meeting on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will occur at the Grant County Administration Building, located at 1400 Highway 180 E., Silver City, NM. The purpose of the meeting is to select an individual to recommend to the Governor as a replacement for the New Mexico Senate Seat, District 28, serving Grant, Catron and Socorro Counties, currently held by Senator Howie Morales. Senator Morales, now Lt. Governor-elect, will resign his seat at the end of the year. The interested candidates will participate in a question and answer session led by the Board regarding their desire to fill the Senate seat.
The slate of interested candidates are listed below:
Southern Gila Highlands/Black Range-Eastern Black Range Foothills-
Including the cities of Silver City, Lake Roberts, Kingston,
Fort Bayard, Hillsboro, Winston, and Crow Flats
524 AM MST Wed Dec 12 2018
...HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 8 AM
By Roger Lanse
At its Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, meeting the Silver City Town Council heard from Karl Pennock of the Rural Community Assistance Corporation in Las Cruces. Pennock, in this preliminary analysis, pointed out the GCRWP (regional water project) when completed would serve Hurley, Santa Clara, Bayard, Arenas Valley, and Silver City. Cost of the project was estimated at $18 million in 2014, and the 2018 estimate is $18.3 million. Pennock stated the first phase involving connections in Hurley has been funded. When the entire project is completed, sometime in the future, all communities between Hurley and Racetrack Road will have the opportunity to be connected, including Silver City, as its water line extends to Racetrack Road to service Arenas Valley.
[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a multi-part series on the Dec. 3, 2018 NM CAP Entity meeting.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
The next topic of discussion was a draft to make the New Mexico CAP Entity a political subdivision. A draft was presented that was modeled after the Eastern New Mexico Water Authority. NM CAP Entity Counsel Pete Domenici Jr. said he received a request to provide written comments. "Most of my comments are not particularly substantive," he said. "They mostly addressed the difference between the Eastern New Mexico Water Authority and the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity. There are structural differences between the entities. I left the draft with the ISC and requested a follow up meeting, and then a proposal to bring it back to the board for approval."
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