Grant County Commission discusses final fiscal year 2018 adjustments 073018
[Editor's Note: This is the third and final article of a multi-part series of articles on the Grant County Commission special meeting held July 30, 2017. This is completed thanks to Sandra Michaud recording the meeting for this author.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
In the final agenda items for the Grant County Commission meeting held July 30, 2018, for the purpose of meeting deadlines, County Financial Officer Linda Vasquez presented the adjustments to the closure of fiscal year 2018 by amending the approved and adopted budget for the year.
[Editor's Note: This article and the others in this multi-part series are possible thanks to Sandra Michaud recording it for the author.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
At the special meeting on July 30, 2018, Grant County Commission Chairman Billy Billings introduced the next item on the agenda by saying he had requested it be there for discussion.
"It's a discussion on the essential air service and our decision to go with Advanced Air," Billings said. "I've been getting questions and making responses to the U.S. Department of Transportation. My understanding is that, although the department has made decisions on other locations, they still haven't made a decision on our airport. I will meet with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the DOT. When I put it on our agenda, I didn't know if other commissioners had seen the communications from Boutique Air to the DOT. He's putting out information that is not correct. I responded to the DOT and have been back and forth with them. I was at the Boutique presentation. His communication led some to believe that commissioners had no chance to be present."
[Editor's Note: This author was out of town on this date. Thanks to Sandra Michaud for recording the meeting for the purposes of this article. This is the first in a multi-article series on the special meeting.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
The first item of new business at the Grant County Commission special meeting featured a presentation regarding the Gila National Forest proposed decommissioning of already closed roads in the Burro Mountains, discussion on Burro Mountains ATV trails and an additional conversation on use of roads in the Bear Creek area.
Beth Ihle, on temporary assignment to fill the Silver City District Ranger position, said the first proposal would be to take out of service a portion of the closed roads to restore the productivity of the area with vegetation. "It would be in compliance with the Travel Management Plan, while making sure that we are not limiting the use to someone with a permit or resource need. We are looking at the maps and asking about the utility of these closed roads."
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Bayard: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Thursday August 9, 2018:
Bayard: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Monday August 13, 2018:
A Mountain Construction (Contractor) will be removing existing sidewalk along NM 356 “Central Ave” to ensure sidewalk is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant. Traffic will encounter lane closures and detours along side streets. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area. Construction hours will be Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm and is expected to be completed by September 2018.
For updated information go to: New Mexico Department of Transportation at www.nmroads.com.
[Editor's Note: This author was out of town when the meeting took place. Thanks to Sandra Michaud for recording it for purposes of this article.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
Trustee Mike Morones served his first meeting as chairman of the board and welcomed recently appointed new member, Ed Wilmot.
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