Curry County Commissioners met Tuesday at the Clovis Carver Library north annex and took the following action:
• Created a committee to address concerns about the cost of allowing local abstract and title companies access to county computers.
County Clerk Rosalie Riley and Information Technology Director Aaron Jones proposed increasing the fee from an average of $150 to $250, citing increased costs to the county of storing digital images. Jim Sitterly of Curry County Abstract & Title disputed the increase, noting the cost of most computer services has decreased since the fee was imposed five years ago. Sitterly, Jones and Riley were made part of committee that will examine the issue and report back to commissioners with a recommendation.
• Approved in arrears the unauthorized purchase of an almost $2,000 custom desk for the jail.
Finance Director Lee Ann Hutchins said former Administrator Gerry Billy ordered the desk by authorizing a $979 pre-payment charge on his credit card — half the price of the desk excluding delivery charges. Hutchins noted pre-payments are forbidden by any public entity under the state’s anti-donation clause. The desk arrived recently and rather than refusing delivery and being charged for returning the desk, Hutchins recommended paying the amount due.
County Attorney Steve Doerr said by paying the full amount for the desk, the issue of violating the anti-donation clause disappeared.
• At Commissioner Wendell Bostwick’s request, approved offering for sale five vacant lots adjacent to the Melrose Clinic.
County Manger Lance Pyle said he was contacted by a real estate firm Friday and the caller indicated they had a retail client interested in purchasing the property. The land is what remains of a parcel donated to the county specifically for building the clinic.
Pyle said La Casa Family Health Center, which operates the clinic under contract with the county, indicated space is adequate and La Casa has no plans to expand the facility. He also said the person who donated the land didn’t object to such a sale so long as proceeds were used to benefit the clinic.
Commissioners voted 4-0 to sell the property to any interested party for at least the most recent appraised value. Pyle said the property was appraised at $12,500 prior to building the clinic.