Commissioners held a taxing meeting

A new county tax assessor was the main point of the most recent Quay County Commissioners meeting. Chief Deputy Assessor Janie Murray beat out four other applicants to nab the position; her experience includes six years working directly under former assessor.

Murray was already onto the details at the Sept. 26 meeting.

Upon reviewing the tax rate certificates, she found a gross error for Mesalands Community College; its tax rate was listed as nearly three percent higher than it was supposed to be. Murray also pointed out that Ute Lake Ranch, a new subdivision in Quay County south of Ute Lake, has added about $4 million in residential value to the county although houses have yet to be built.

Murray was sworn in to her position on Sept. 30 and the public is invited to a reception celebration in the Commission Room of the Quay County Courthouse on Friday at 4 p.m.

Other meeting matters included:

• AmeriCorps volunteer George Porter from the Eastern Plains Council of Governments brought a joint powers agreement regarding Ute Reservoir Water Commission for commissioners to sign.

• Road Superintendent Larry Moore gave an update on road construction near House and Wheatland and said the department was moving equipment back down for use on the landfill. He said the county had helped with chip coating of city streets and the city is in turn helping provide equipment for use at the landfill.

• Matt Posinski from Dan C. Trigg Hospital discussed the needs of the sole community, or indigent population. He said the federal and state government match county funding three to one.

• County Manager Terry Turner presented resolutions for Loraine Otero, financial clerk, granting funds to fire departments that had requested them in writing.

• Turner discussed the progress of the new 911 program and facility for the area, with a meeting of the board coming soon along with advertisement for four dispatchers.

• Turner also discussed the Ute Lake Ranch subdivision, saying the engineer had developed an aggressive schedule to expedite the building of homes.

• After the meeting, when commissioners toured the Quay County Detention Center, Franklin D. McCasland, commissioner, District 3, said, “The facility looks and smells cleaner and fresher than the last time we toured it.”
The commissioners pointed out that the new coat of lighter paint made a difference in the atmosphere of the facility. Asked if they wanted to interview an inmate, the commissioners declined.

Compiled by QCS staff writer Martha Frost