County OKs joint powers agreement with Logan

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

Warren Frost, an attorney representing interests of the Ute Lake Ranch development, asked the Quay County Commission at Wednesday’s meeting for a joint powers agreement with the City of Logan to supply the development with water.

Frost said the state’s Interstate Streams Commission had approved the start-up of 112 homes at the development and that the proposed agreement with Ute Lake Ranch and the city of Logan would allow it bring those homes on line more swiftly than if the development waited to build its own water facilities.

The commission agreed to the JPA.

“This amount of water will at least get them started,” Frost said. “They are ready to start closing on their lots.”

The county’s interim manager, Wayne Cunningham, who was selected by the commission to fill the post following the death of Terry Turner, did not come to the meeting.

Commissioners said he was with ISC working out details with on the Ute Lake Ranch development. Certain aspects of the development’s golf course and holding ponds are being worked on, the commissioners said.

In other business before the commission:
• Commissioner Bill Curry, who is an artist and known for his Western scenes, presented a new county seal. Curry said he tried to incorporate many aspects of Quay County’s heritage as well as its future into the new county seal. Scenes from the county’s early Spanish history to its farmers and ranchers to its recreational facilities such as golf and water activities on Ute Lake. The commission approved the design.

• The commission approved the purchase of a tractor for the Quay County Arena.

• As an informational item, Pete Kampfer, director of the Tucumcari Greater Economic Development Corp., told the commission there was a shortage of workers in the construction trades, such as electricians, plumbers, drywallers and others. In anticipation of the development of Ute Lake Ranch, Kampfer said these trades would be needed and could provide employment for area residents.
Kampfer said he was involved in discussions with Phillip Barry, president of Mesalands Community College, so that a curriculum could be developed to train workers in these skills.

Commission members also conducted their semi-annual walk through of the Quay County Detention Center. The members checked kitchen facilities, inmate pods, holding and isolation rooms and other facilities at the detention center. One commission suggested that the visitation/library room be painted.