County departments didn’t submit written opinions

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By David Giuliani

San Miguel County collects opinions on proposed developments from various agencies as part of its approval process.

That’s what it did for the proposed 46-lot Óxido development just north of Las Vegas.

It received written responses from such state agencies as the state engineer’s office and the state Cultural Affairs Department. But the county got nothing in writing from its own public works and fire departments.

That concerned Commissioner Nicolas Leger, who questioned both interim Public Works Director Daniel Encinias and Fire Marshal Russell Pacheco during last week’s County Commission meeting.

Both Pacheco and Encinias said they had talked with the developers and gave their opinions verbally. But they said they didn’t submit anything in writing to Alex Tafoya, the county’s planning and zoning supervisor, who handles proposed subdivisions.

Leger asked that county departments provide their opinions in writing to help commissioners justify their decisions.