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Leger to remain as commission chair

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By The Staff

The San Miguel County Commission re-elected Nicolas Leger as its chairman and Ron Ortega as its vice chairman during its organizational meeting last week.

Leger and Ortega have served in those posts for a year, and both thanked their colleagues for their continued faith in their leadership.

Also at that meeting, held on Jan. 8, newly elected Commissioner Gilbert Sena took his seat on the commission, replacing David Salazar, who didn’t seek re-election because of term limits.

The commission last month praised Salazar for his contributions to the county and for his leadership. He in turn, thanked his colleagues and heaped praises on county staff, saying they do an excellent job.

In other business, the commission:

• Approved indigent claims for Alta Vista Regional Hospital in the amount of $45,412.

• Approved a resolution authorizing county staff to submit an application for Community Development Block Grant funds for County Road C-55A, including drainage, in the Sabinoso area.

• Gave approval for the county to accept a $15,000 federal grant to update the emergency operation plan. The grant requires a 20 percent match, which will come from fire funds. The grant will allow the county to hire a contractor to update hazardous material storage site locations throughout the county. It will also enable the county to update its GIS mapping of site locations and to develop and model potential accidental chemical releases and their impacts to help first responders prepare for a similar accident.

The commission was also informed that its National Incident Management System coordinator, Arturo Marlow, has resigned the position to become deputy treasurer in the San Miguel County Treasurer’s Office.