City, county joins JPA to form Quay County Gaming Authority

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

During the past week, four out of the five invited players have agreed to apply to the state for a license for a race track and casino in Tucumcari.

With the players all named in a proposed Joint Powers Agreement, or JPA, they will now organize to create a Quay County Gaming Authority, said Warren Frost, project coordinator, selected by the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp.

The authority’s organizational meeting will be at 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday at the Territorial Room at the office of the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp. The meeting is open and the public is invited to attend.

On Thursday morning, the Quay County Commission voted unanimously to be part of the joint powers agreement (JPA). And on Thursday evening, the Tucumcari City Commission also agreed to the JPA despite several church pastors and individuals who spoke against the project.

Members of the JPA, the city, the county and the villages of San Jon and Logan, are to create a Quay County Gaming Authority that will apply for a race track license from the state’s Racing Commission.

Earlier in the week, the villages of San Jon and Logan agreed to participate.
The Village of House declined, citing problems with the moral implications of a race track and casino and lack of financial information and impact studies, said the mayor of House, Sherman Martin.

According to the draft JPA document, a certain percentage was attributed to House as part of the plan. House was to agree to pay its portion of the cost of putting together the application and was to receive so much in income from the proceeds of the proposed race track and casino.

The question of how the percentages will be re-assigned will be taken up at the organizational meeting of the authority, said Franklin McCasland, interim director of the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp. and chairman of the Quay County Commission.

Each member of the JPA selected prospective members and their respective alternates to be on the board of the Quay County Gaming Authority.

The following were selected to represent their communities on the new Quay County Gaming Authority:
• Tucumcari
Clara Rey, interim city manager
Mayor Mary Mayfield
Jim Witcher, city commissioner
Aternates: City commissioners Christopher Maestas and Jim Lafferty and mayor protem Antonio Apodaca
• Quay County
Richard Primrose, county manager
Bill Curry, county commissioner
Alternate: Robert Lopez, county commissioner
• Logan
David Babb, mayor
Alternates: Larry Wallin, village manager, and Moe Rameriz, board member
• San Jon
Bobbye Rose, village manager
Alternate: Rodney Stoner, village board member