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Multiple agenda items approved by commission

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As part of a lengthy Eddy County Commission meeting Tuesday, commissioners approved a multitude of agenda items, including the demolition of a dilapidated building on the Malaga Volunteer Fire Department property, a Quitclaim Deed for properties in Malaga, solar-powered cameras for transfer stations, and a cargo van for the Eddy County Detention Center (ECDC).

The dilapidated building was originally the home of the Malaga VFD. Malaga VFD is currently housed in a different building on the same property.

According the commission agenda request, the building would be unnecessarily expensive to repair, and discussions have been had between Facilities, Public Works, Fire Services and the Malaga VFD to demolish the building. Public Works has also indicated they will work with the Malaga VFD as they have time to complete this.

As for the Quitclaim Deed, a Certificate of Sale for Taxes was filed in the Eddy County Records in the 1920s, and Eddy County was shown as the new owner on this certificate. However, there was never a deed recorded to legally confirm the Certificate of Sale for Taxes; therefore, all of the taxes for these properties had been paid by the property owners that are shown on the tax rolls since the 1920s, and these properties have never been recognized by the county as being owned by it.

The Quitclaim Deed approved unanimously by the commissioners cleared up the title on these properties.

Solar-powered cameras will soon be installed at three transfer stations: Loving, Happy Valley and the Eddy County Fairgrounds in Artesia. According to the agenda request, these cameras are for the safety and protection of employees and citizens as well as to prevent illegal trash dumping.

The cost of the camera kits is $11,466 with a monthly recurring service charge of $189. The cameras are being purchased from Sensera Systems of Golden, Colo.

The ECDC came to the commissioners with a request to purchase a 2016 XL Transit Connect Cargo Van for the use of transporting meal trays to and from the female unit. The total cost of the van is $24,969, which includes $500 for a safety partition.

This purchase will be under Cooperative Education Services Contract with Don Chalmers Ford, which has the contract award No. 16-018BC101-ALL. Since the commissioners approved this purchase, the van will be paid for using funds from the ECDC.

The ECDC also asked for approval to upgrade electrical and network cabling within the detention center to provide phone and other services to the inmates. The quoted price of the labor and materials is $34,407.09 and will also be paid using funds from the ECDC.

In other business Tuesday, the commissioners approved the Indigent Hospital Claims Board consent agenda, the Safety Net Care Pool Certification of Public Funds for the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2015-16, and the expense and purchase card approval lists for May and April respectively.

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