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Editor's Note: Part five and the final article of this series of articles on the Grant County Commission work and regular sessions of July 18 and 20, 2017, will address county and elected officials' reports.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the work session on Tuesday, July 28, 2017, Grant County Community Health Council Director Cari Lemon presented the first report.

"The Health Council is expanding its communication among members," Lemon said. "We have moved from quarterly meetings to a meeting every other month. The members at their meeting yesterday (July 17, 2017) approved new co-chairs, Judy O'Loughlin and Mary Alice Murphy, to replace the long-serving Priscilla Lucero and Terry Anderson."

Editor's Note: Part four of this series of articles on the Grant County Commission work and regular sessions will address the rest of the regular meeting agenda, with discussion during work and regular sessions included.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the work session on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Grant County commissioners went over a resolution that would be approved on Thursday at the regular meeting.

Resolution R-17-28 would authorize and approve the submission of a completed application for financial assistance and project approval to the New Mexico Finance Authority. The application requests funding of $50,000 for a planning document, specifically for the development of an asset management plan.

Dave Schuhmann continues his photographic chronicle of the construction of Denny’s. Only slight changes this time, and the big hole on Gold Street is still open.

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Editor's Note: Part three of this series of articles on the Grant County Commission work and regular sessions will address the public comments and the discussion in the regular meeting on the amended joint powers agreement among the members of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Tuesday Grant County Commission work session, New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity Executive Director Anthony Gutierrez gave a presentation on the amended joint powers agreement. The report can be read at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/38201-grant-county-commission-held-work-and-regular-sessions-this-week-july-18and-20-2017

He was not available to attend the regular session.

Public comment at the Thursday regular session featured several items on the agenda, including the JPA.

Editor's Note: Part two of this series of articles on the Grant County Commission work and regular sessions begin with a presentation on the Affordable Housing Plan and a presentation on property taxes and gets into the agenda items.

By Mary Alice Murphy

After the presentation on the proposed amended joint powers agreement of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity at Tuesday, July 18, 2017's work session, which can be read at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/38201-grant-county-commission-held-work-and-regular-sessions-this-week-july-18and-20-2017 , Southwest New Mexico Council of Government Executive Director Priscilla Lucero presented the Affordable Housing Plan.

"I've been involved with housing for many years, including rehabilitation and weatherization of homes," Lucero said. "My very first job was with the housing authority. I will go over some of the requirements."

Photographer Dave Schuhmann was invited, today, Thursday, July 20, 2017, by the workers to go inside to see what’s happening in there, too. They told him that Denny’s would be open soon, pending final stages of construction.

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Editor's Note: Because this has been a busy week for long meetings, these commission meetings will be covered in a series. This first article will begin with what was discussed in the work session prior to the review of the Thursday regular session agenda.It addresses a discussion on the proposed amended New Mexico Central Arizona Project joint powers agreement.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Grant County Commission Chairman Brett Kasten, at the beginning of the work session and again at the start of the regular session, asked for a moment of silence for Sheriff Raul Villanueva's family. "He lost his father last week."

The first item of business was to hold a discussion on the proposed amended joint powers agreement for the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity, because CAP Entity Executive Director Anthony Gutierrez would not be available at the Thursday meeting. The members of the CAP Entity each had to have the entity they represent approve the amendments. It has been approved by the NM CAP Entity and by the ISC. Any further changes would have to go back through the CAP Entity and the ISC, plus all the other entities that make up the larger entity.

Heard presentation on restorative justice

[Editor's Note: Because this author was also at the Gila Regional Medical Center emergency meeting, she was late to this meeting and missed the first part of GCCHC Director Cari Lemon's report.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the bi-monthly (every two months) meeting of the Grant County Community Health Council on Monday afternoon at the Border Area Mental Health conference room, after introductions, council Director Cari Lemon presented her report verbally.

Member Judy O'Loughlin, incoming co-chairwoman representing the Extension Service, moderated the meeting.

Lemon said an item to be discussed at this July meeting was what should be the health council's "Super-priority," in order to receive Department of Health funding this year. The super priorities, as set forth by NMDOH are diabetes prevention, obesity prevention, teen-pregnancy prevention and substance abuse prevention. Lemon said this all comes down to showing health councils' effectiveness as an argument for the state to once again fund them.

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