April 16, 2008 Meetings Watch: County Commission

The Curry County Commission met Tuesday for its regular meeting: Here is a report.

• Commissioners approved modifying a contract with Stephen’s Construction and Ready Mix to add a fuel surcharges. The company was contracted in September to haul caliche for road improvement projects.

The surcharge will be based on current fuel prices, according to the contract.

Road Department Superintendent Danny Davis said he estimated the surcharge would add about $12,000 to the contract. The original contract price is about $78,000, he said.

The motion was passed in a 3-1 vote, with Commissioner Pete Hulder dissenting. Tim Ashley abstained.

Hulder said allowing the company to modify its contract sets a precedent for other companies to add fuel surcharges to their contracts.
Finance director Mark Lansford said to his knowledge the county doesn’t hold other fuel-sensitive contracts.

• Lansford reported human error led to Clovis Community College not getting its share of property taxes in the November-March tax period.

He said the county paid the college about $600,000 Monday. He said the money in question was in the county’s bank account.

“The error occurred when property tax splits were input into the system,” he said. “Since it was entered incorrectly, it was not dispersed (to the college).”

Lansford said the county will institute additional measures to prevent similar mistakes.

• Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis asked commissioners to become an intervening party in a lawsuit that would change magistrate judges from at-large to district positions.

The lawsuit filed by two Curry County residents contends the at-large system discriminates against minorities.

The proposed change would take effect for the 2010 election.

If the presiding judge approves intervening parties, the county will be able to present the county’s side of the issue.

Sens. Clint Harden, Stuart Ingle and Rep. Anna Crook have been listed as intervening parties.

Since the request was not an agenda item, the county could not vote on it. County Manager Lance Pyle said the county will give Hollis a letter of support.

• Fairgrounds Manager Susan Ferrell said the first Trade Days on April 5-6 at the fairgrounds drew about 1,000 people and earned the county $4,775 in booth rentals.

She said she expects more vendors at next month’s Trade Days.

— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Gabriel Monte