County commission discusses merging dispach with city’s

By Leslie Radford: Quay County Sun

The City of Tucumcari met with the Quay County commissioners Monday morning to discuss the integration of the city and county EMS and 911 dispatcher services.
City Manager Richard Primrose, Mayor Mary Mayfield, Interim Chief of Police Mark Radosevich, and other City officials expressed their thoughts on collaborating with the county on several projects. At this time, the city proposed the idea of consolidating the city and county dispatch services to better serve the Quay County.

Radosevich said the cost of the project was hard to estimate, but did say, “Consolidation in the county is critical.”

This is an issue voters would have to take to the polls, according to County Manager Terry Turner. If voters accepted the consolidation, there would likely be a gross receipt tax increase.

“Initially, we can operate with the monies already being allocated,” Radosevich said.

He said the dispatch office would be at the police department, which was “not a state of the art communication center” but would serve their purpose for now. He commented the consolidation process would take three to five years to get all the kinks worked out of the system between training staff and updating the dispatch system itself.

Turner said there were certain guidelines the county had to follow in order to approve the integration. The commissioners will hold a work session with city officials at a later date in order to discuss the feasibility of this proposal and options. Commissioner Grace Madrid said the combination would probably take place in January 2006 after developing a plan of action and the issue is voted on.

Other issues addressed at the meeting included:

• The county recently reviewed bank proposals to provide banking services for Quay County. Wells Fargo and First National Bank of New Mexico submitted proposals to provide financial services. First National was voted to hold the account.

• Commissioners approved members of the 2005 Board of Registration. Republican Ann Balch, Democrat Pat Martinez and Democrat Sandra Coleman were endorsed by the Commissioners.

• Several resolutions were approved. Authorization of a budgetary increase for the Jordan Fire Department was granted. An amendment was made to Section IV of the Quay County Purchasing Policy and Procedures Manual. A decision was made to authorize local public bodies to reimburse public officials and public employees for travel expenses to reflect per diem reimbursement rates in accordance with newly published state rates.

• An intra-budgetary transfer for Quay County Detention Center was granted. Funds will be used to purchase a new washing machine for the center. The Detention Center accepted a proposal from Alan’s Tri- State Mechanical, Inc. out of Amarillo to purchase the washer. This will cost the County $9,300.

• The detention center presented a Joint Powers Agreement to the Board. This Agreement is with Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis to house prisoners. The Board approved the Agreement for submission.

• The County Manager brought to the board’s attention upcoming comprehensive planning. The county will need to compare total actual expenditures from the previous fiscal year to establish total expenditures and revenues for the current fiscal year for each department. A county draft of this data will be submitted to Santa Fe mid-March.

• Judy Ross was endorsed by the Commissioner’s Board to serve on the Library Board.

• The board held a closed session to discuss pending litigation and personnel matters of the county.