Editor’s Note: A video of county meetings can be seen online at cibolabeacon.com/multimedia/video.
CIBOLA COUNTY – The Cibola County Commission met on Sept. 12 and will meet again on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
Following are items of interest from the September meeting.
County Manager Scott Vinson reported a beginning cash balance in July of $15.6 million. Revenue for the month was $1,597,514, and expenses were $797,224. Ending cash balance on July 31 was $15.9 million.
The treasurer’s office reported an investment summary of $13.6 million, despite no representation from the office. The two larger investments accounts were at Wells Fargo, $3.3 million, and Grants State Bank, $8.1 million.
Commission Chairman Eddie Michael unable to ask several questions in regards to reports from the treasurer’s office because there was no one present from office present.
“There needs to be better communication between the treasurer’s office and this board,” Michael told Vinson. “It’d be nice to have someone from the treasurer’s office at all commission meetings.”
The treasurer’s office also reported $155,688 in distribution between the municipalities, schools, Cibola General Hospital and the state.
Vinson noted a $300,000 increase in cash reserves compared to last year at this point. The cash reserve balance is approximately $5.9 million.
Development Grant (CDBG)
The county held public hearing during their regular meeting in order to close out their CDBG project. The project included two new wastewater lagoons and a lift station near Seboyeta.
“The project is complete except for a fence being placed around it,” Vinson informed the commission.
The county was glad to complete the project on time because it is important to schedule the next CDBG grant for the recently purchased La Mesa Mall, said Vinson.
“Relocating the health office is the next project, and it is a priority,” said Vinson.
“The architectural master plan is already in the works.”
The manager also noted that Smith’s is planning on expanding their facility on the east side of La Mesa Mall.
Collections reported by administrator Glenna Chavez were $42,000, expenditures $9,239, with an ending fund balance of $340,008.
Sheriff Johnny Valdez reported 16 accidents, one with a fatality; 53 arrests, 58 citations, 46 incidents, 78 animal control calls, 32 animals captured, 14 animals euthanized, 18 animal adoptions and 790 total calls.
In July, the average number of inmates was 205. The top two revenue sources for the jail were the US Marshall’s with $76,297 and $41,202 from Valencia County.
The county road department crew was busy in July chip sealing roads including Fort Wingate Road, Valdez Subdivision, Otero Acres, Encinal Road, Ralph Card Road, Lobo Canyon Fire Department and picnic grounds, Salazar Loop and Castillo and Diaz Roads. County officials identified these as cooperative projects.
Agreement to House Milan Inmates
The commission approved an agreement with the Village of Milan to house their inmates at the county Detention Center for $54 a day.
The commission chose to fund only one-half of the state library’s request for $2,550 because they claimed they needed more data.
Vinson said he would give the state library until Dec. 31 to provide the additional data, which should include how many customers are they servicing in Cibola County and where. “Also,” he said, “how many books are being checked out by our residents.”
The state library’s request is to support the bookmobile that serves rural county residents each month.
Editor’s Note: An article on Cibola General Hospital’s quarterly update to the county, which took place at the September county meeting, was published on Sept. 18 on the front page of Section A.