County recognizes Constitution proclamation

By Ryn Gargulinski

A whole lot of John Hancocks were scrawled at Monday’s Quay County Commission meeting, with the commissioners approving a number of resolutions and even a proclamation.

The proclamation declared Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week and was presented by Chief Deputy County Clerk Jeannette Maddaford on behalf of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

“They’re still fighting?” asked Commissioner Franklin McCasland, while Maddaford quickly cleared up the fighting is done but the 218th anniversary of the constitution is nigh. Commissioners added their signatures to those of others, including Gov. Bill Richardson and Tucumcari city commissioners, who have pledged their support.

“We (will) endorse and sign the proclamation regarding the Constitution of the United States,” said Commissioner Bill Curry, adding, “and we will do so with enthusiasm.”
Commissioners also matched Richardson’s and others’ support of a wind farm by signing a resolution regarding the North American Wind Research and Training Center proposed for Mesalands Community College. Last month’s meeting included a presentation from Mesalands President Phillip Barry, who had already garnered support for the project from a number of political, academic and industry officials.

Resolutions were also signed in support of a budget increase for the DWI program; an administrative reimbursement from Xerox from the county paying too much on their copier bill; a resolution regarding county unemployment insurance; and resolutions supporting four local fire districts, including Bard-Endee, Porter, Forrest and Fire District II.

Other approvals included a renewal of Dr. Johnny Faith’s annual $18,000 contract for providing medical services to the Quay County Detention Center; an update of the personnel policy ordinance that included stronger language regarding the sexual harassment policy and a resolution for construction of a new subdivision that laid out, in part, nearly $25,000 for design.

“I think we need to look at that before we spend a lot of money,” Curry said of the high price of blueprints. “You and I could have done that drawing.”

County Manager Terry Turner said the high price is worth it because the designs are fortified with an engineering stamp when taken for approval to Santa Fe.

A Wildlife Service Contract renewal was also approved. Commissioners said Quay County pays about $26,000 per year for wildlife services, which include extermination of rabid skunks.