Roosevelt approves building assessment


March 11, 2020

PORTALES — The Roosevelt County Commission approved an assessment by RFP Architecture and Engineering Professional Services for the county courthouse to address several issues with the building during a special meeting Monday.

County Manager Amber Hamilton said the courthouse has water seepage issues and issues with brick sealing that need to be looked at. She added the county clerk's office also needs to be checked for any structural issues.

Once the problems are identified, Hamilton said they can be added to capital outlay plans or the county can pursue grants for a renovation.

Other highlights from the meeting include:

• The commission voted to dispose of two trucks from the Road Department, a 2005 and 2006 Ford, via public auction.

• The commission approved the conversion of two part-time positions at the detention center to one full-time position.

• Justin Porter gave a report on the detention center. Roosevelt County housed 53 detainees as of Monday, 14 of whom were out-of-county detainees.

Porter said the detention center also recently held overdose training for local law enforcement.

• Ricky Lovato presented for the road department. He said the department is in touch with Wanzek Construction and Xcel Energy about road construction near the Sagamore Wind Project.

Lovato said Wanzek is about 50 percent finished constructing roads and should be finished some time in May.

• Hamilton said she has reached out to Eastern New Mexico University about arranging for county meetings to be recorded and streamed for the public.

Hamilton said the county has been making preparations for a potential coronavirus outbreak and has been working on ways to dispel any potential panic.

• Commissioner David Lopez requested someone attend a commission meeting in Eddy County.


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