County retains fire ban indefinitely

Thomas Garcia

By Thomas Garcia
Quay County Sun

The Quay County Commissioners voted to keep a fire ban in place indefinitely in Quay County at Wednesday’s meeting.

“If we continue to get rain and the conditions improve, the commission could vote to lift the ban at their next meeting,” said Donald Adams, Quay County Fire Marshal.

Adams said that he would like to place fire danger and burn ban signs at every road entering the county.

“The purpose of these signs is to make the visitors and travelers aware of the fire threat level in our county,” Adams said.

Each sign would cost $650 in addition to the cost of installation. He said that installing the signs would require the approval of the New Mexico Department of Transportation for easements to place the signs.

The commissioners asked Adams to further explore the purchase of fire danger and burn ban signs and said it will review the information and look into the possibility of purchasing and installing the signs to promote fire prevention.

The commission also approved a joint powers agreements between Quay County and 17 counties, to house prisoners at the Quay County Detention Center. Each county will pay $125 a day per inmate who is housed at the detention center. Some of the agreements are with nearby counties including, Chavez, Curry, Roosevelt, Sierra, Eddy, De Baca, Colfax and San Miguel.

The commission also approved a JPA with the City of Tucumcari to house prisoners. The city is to pay $54,000 a year which is to be paid in monthly installments of $4,500 a month.

The money paid through the JPAs to the Quay County Detention Center covers services such as food and board and medical treatment of the inmates while housed at the facility.