County signs off on constroversial subdivision

Thomas Garcia

The Quay County Commissioners reluctantly signed off Friday on a controversial subdivision on orders from a Curry County judge.

The 6,000-acre Pinon Point subdivision near the community of Quay was approved by the Quay County Commission.

“The commission does not agree that the decision imposed on them is in the best interest of Quay County,” said said Bill Curry, District 2 commissioner.

“We do not want people to think that this is a county subdivision where water and electricity are supplied,” said Robert Lopez, District 1 commissioner.

“We are excited to finally have this project kicked off,” said Sam Poorman, Pinon Point, Director of Operations.
At Friday’s commission meeting, the commissioners signed the preliminary and final plat for the Pinon Point subdivision, located south of Quay off of Highway 209.

At the commission’s May 23, 2008 meeting, the commissioners unanimously agreed not to approve the preliminary plat for Pinon Point being developed by Ranch Enterprises, Ltd., said Franklin McCasland, commission chairman.

That decision was overturned on Oct. 21, 2008 by David P. Reeb, Ninth Judicial District Judge. Reeb could not be reached for comment on Friday.

The Quay County Commissioners filed a motion for a hearing to reconsider the ruling. But on Dec. 18, 2008 Reeb upheld his decision.

“The commission’s first decision not to approve the subdivision was made in the best interest of Quay County, “ McCasland said. “We had to approve this project because our decision was overturned by a Curry County district judge.”

Poorman said that $400,000 has been spent to date on road work, installation of electrical lines and the drilling of water test wells.
The Quay Valley, where the subdivision is located, has long had water issues, Curry said.

Curry said that he had addressed the lack of water availability in the Quay Valley during a meeting with Ranch Enterprises, LTD. on Sept. 12, 2007 in Santa Rosa.

“We want people to know that this was not our decision to approve the subdivision,” Curry said. “In the future, if there are any complaints or problems, they will have to contact the developer or the court and not the commission.”

A public hearing was held on April 27, 2008, at the Quay County Courthouse, where many property owners from the Quay Valley area voiced their concerns about the availability of water, Curry said.

One of the main concerns was that additional wells in the subdivision could impact the aquifer and affect existing wells, Curry said.

Other business before the commission included:
• The approval of additional funds, nearly $17,000 to the Quay County Sheriff’s Office’s yearly budget. The lion’s share, $11,150, came the spilt of seized money from narcotics investigations by the Sheriff’s Office and the Tucumcari Police Department. The remaining $5,777 came from a yearly grant.