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Curry to discuss tort claim against U.S. Air Force


September 29, 2019

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission will discuss a tort claim against the U.S. Air Force that seeks $5 million in damages from PFOS/PFOA contamination during its Tuesday morning meeting.

According to the claim, the use of firefighting foam has led to contamination of the groundwater, “causing the property to no longer be usable for dairies, for farming, for grazing or other agricultural purposes.”

The loss in businesses and residents on that land, the claim said, will impact tax revenues to the county.

Other items on the agenda for the 9 a.m. meeting at the Curry County Administrative Complex include:

• A report on the Curry County Events Center 10-year celebration event scheduled for Saturday.

• Introduction of an ordinance barring the movement of a manufactured home that originates in Curry County unless all property taxes for the current and past tax years have been paid.

• Budgetary adjustments of $63,000 to cover the county’s participation in 2020 census outreach.

• Discussion of the county personnel policy.

• Waiver of a two-year foreign residency requirement to allow Dr. Mawra Masud to practice medicine at Plains Regional Medical Center.

• Requests to purchase a pneumatic roller for $117,222.30 and a Broce Broom for $59,760.40.

• Establishment of county holiday observances for 2020. The schedule includes an early closure of county offices the day before Thanksgiving (1:30 p.m. Nov. 25) and a recognition of President’s Day Nov. 27.


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