Commissioners get update on Ute Lake project

Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun

Kent Terry, a dam supervisor at Ute Lake, gave a report on water usage set aside for the construction of Ute Lake Ranch during Monday’s Quay County Commission meeting.

Terry attended a meeting last week in Santo Domingo with Commission Chairman Franklin McCasland, and Terry said the Interstate Streams Commission agreed to lease 400 acre feet of water, which will be used during an early construction phase of the planned luxury community by the lake.

The first order of business, Terry said, was to construct three homes in different styles. Those homes, Terry said, would be used for promotional purposes, as prospective buyers could get a feel for the land and a house before making a commitment.

Commissioner Bill Curry said he had heard construction would start on a golf course, and Terry said that would likely be the first phase of construction after the sample homes were built.

Commissioners also heard a quarterly report from Quay County Detention Coordinator Tony Elebario. Elebario reported the jail had 74 inmates in February (41 males, 33 females) and 67 in March (51 males, 16 females).

Elebario also reported the Quay County dispatch are two dispatch operators short, and the county’s video arraignment system was saving the detention center three to six hours of labor per week because of a lowered need for transporting inmates.

In other business at Monday’s meeting:

l Commissioners approved 16 resolutions, mainly budget adjustments for area fire departments. Three adjustments accounted for reimbursements from the state forestry division to Bard-Endee, Quay District No. 3, and the Forrest fire departments. Two resolutions were capital outlay adjustments for brush trucks to Quay District No. 2 and Nara Visa. Nine resolutions were for a reimbursement signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson.

The final resolution was clearing up a mistake in a previous reimbursement of $32.

l Maternal Child and Community Health Council Director Alida Brown delivered a list of MCCH members. Brown said the council is always applying for grants, and wants the Commission to have the most updated list possible, reflecting the professional and ethnic backgrounds of members.