By Kevin Wilson

Officials take residents to task on illegal dumping


August 12, 2020

PORTALES — Roosevelt County officials on Tuesday implored residents to take pride in their own housecleaning.

County Manager Amber Hamilton and Road Superintendent Ricky Lovato noted during the county commission meeting the strain illegal dumping takes on the county.

Hamilton said it is frustrating to go along a county road and see furniture and tires in the ditch, and Lovato said road crews spend time clearing debris from roads — time that could be spent on road maintenance.

Hamilton said she would like to see more pride from county residents, and that proper disposal and illegal dumping take the same energy.

“The city of Portales has a phenomenal convenience center for large items,” Hamilton said. “They have hours during the week and on the weekend. The fee is none or nominal, depending on your address.”

In other business at the meeting:

• Hamilton told commissioners an application was submitted to the state for up to $570,000 in the state’s CARES Act pool of $150 million. The requests were for $500,000 in small business assistance grants and $70,000 in various reimbursements.

• Lovato reported on a road viewing committee for a 2-mile stretch of South Roosevelt Road 30 1/2 near Elida. After discussions with committee members, it was decided to recommend against closing the road because the county is barely over the threshold for Local Government Road Fund eligibility and there was no reason to close the road that outweighed threatening that status.

The county maintains 1,209.241 miles of roads, and needs to maintain at least 1,200. That total can fluctuate based on small items like school bus route changes, and Hamilton noted one mile equals $60,000 in LGRF money.

Commissioner Dennis Lopez moved to approve the recommendation, but it died without a second after Chair Matt Hunton noted taking no action would produce the same result.

• Carol Acosta-Flores, the county’s special projects coordinator, presented a draft of the county Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan. To receive capital outlay, a project must be on a municipality’s ICIP.

Acosta-Flores said a survey of department heads garnered a few suggestions that didn’t meet the $50,000 minimum, and kept a list that was largely unchanged from 2019.

Citizens can suggest projects within the county and outside of Portales city limits by contacting Acosta-Flores at 575-356-5307 or [email protected] . The deadline for public input is Aug. 21.

Acosta-Flores and Hamilton hoped to have some type of public meeting before presenting the list to commissioners again in September, but noted those meetings rarely result in public participation. The ICIP is due to the state Sept. 18.

• The next meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 1.


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