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County delays warden’s pact

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By The Staff

The County Commission recently delayed consideration of a proposed new three-year contract with Patrick Snedeker, the jail warden.

Under the proposed agreement, he would get $70,875 a year, which is what he has been making, county officials said.

Commission Chairman David Salazar made the motion to table the contract. The commission unanimously voted to do so.

No reasons were given for the decision.

In other County Commission business:

San Miguel County received the annual New Mexico Association of Counties award for achieving the lowest workers compensation loss ratio with the fewest accidents for counties of similar size.

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Kiki Arellano, the administrative assistant to the county manager, was recognized for completing the certified public official program through the New Mexico Association of Counties and New Mexico State University.

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Public works employees Mark Dominguez and Rudy Salazar were honored for receiving a first-place award in equipment skills at the New Mexico Association of Counties’ second annual 2010 Equipment Roadeo, which was held in San Juan County.

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Doug Jeffords, a Pecos area resident, urged San Miguel County officials to become involved in the Pecos Canyon Collaboration. He said the group is assessing how the Pecos Canyon is used for recreational purposes. He said there is much unregulated camping in that area.

He noted that the state enacted a law making state lands in that area a new state park. But he said the budget crisis hit and the effort to set up the park has stalled.

County Manager Les Montoya said the county has assigned Alex Tafoya, the planning and zoning supervisor, to attend meetings of the Pecos Canyon Collaboration.

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The County Commission voted to seek federal community development funds to improve roads in the Gonzales Ranch area. Officials said the county has to spend money to repair roads there after rainstorms and snowstorms.

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The Public Works Department will move from its present site on Railroad Avenue to its new building at the wood industrial park, which is at the old Medite of New Mexico site. The county hasn’t decided what to do with the Railroad site.