During a special meeting Tuesday in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library, Curry County commissioners:
• Heard a report on animal and plant inspections services by the USDA from Brian Archuleta. Archuleta said in the past year, his office has conducted predator management on 10 local ranches, assisted Plains Regional Medical Center in developing a prairie dog control program and has conducted disease testing on predatory animals.
• Extended a resolution declaring a fire danger emergency due to drought in the region. The resolution restricts burning in the county for 45 days.
• Approved a letter supporting discontinuation of issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants in New Mexico. Rep. Dennis Roch told commissioners New Mexico is one of two states who have not restricted the process of getting a license. If the state does not comply with the federal Real ID Act by 2013, Roch said a New Mexico license will not be considered a valid form of ID by other states or airlines.
• Approved a contract with Newt and Butch for more than $170,000 to install a new chiller in the county-owned former post office at 417 Gidding Street.
• Approved a contract with the Larkin Group for $94,128 to plan, design and construct road improvements on Curry Road 7 from Curry Road R to Curry Road S and Curry Road S to US 60/84. The contract includes a $16, 498 expense budget to cover travel and accommodations.
• Accepted a recommendation to adjust the classification of two positions following a two-hour executive session. Based on market analysis, County Manager Lance Pyle said pay adjustments were made for Information Technology Director Aaron Jones and and the Carol Pipes, executive assistant to the manager. Pipes' position was converted into an exempt salary position, adding additional duties and responsibilities and eliminating overtime for the position.
— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Sharna Johnson