Lawn space donated for memorial

By Tony Parra

County commissioners donated lawn space on the Roosevelt County Courthouse grounds and $1,500 on Tuesday to go for a memorial of the victims of homicides in Roosevelt County.
Lori Adams, victim advocate for the district attorney’s office in Roosevelt County, requested from the commissioners lawn space for a victim’s memorial. Adams said she is looking for sponsors to help pay for the cost of the garden. A similar memorial garden in front of the Curry County Courthouse came at a cost of $1,200.
“The DA’s office would like to raise awareness and ensure they (victims) not be forgotten,” Adams said. “The garden will serve as a reminder of the jobs that we do.”
Commissioner David Sanders made the motion that the $1,500 be transferred from the building and repair maintenance budget to the grounds line item. County Administrator Charlene Hardin said the money could be allocated from the building and repair maintenance budget through a transfer. The motion was approved unanimously.
Adams said the goal is to have the garden in place by the end of May.
• Commissioners unanimously rejected a bid for new restrooms for the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Hardin said commissioners have $72,000 to work with for new restrooms and the lowest bid the county received was for $181,000 from Larry Sanders Construction of Portales.
Commissioners agreed that was too much to pay for the construction of the new restrooms.
“The restrooms would be cinderblock and they would be state of the art,” Commissioner Tom Clark said.
Clark said the construction boom in eastern New Mexico has hindered their ability to receive lower bids because local contractors are so busy Hardin said in a previous county commission meeting that local contractors are extremely busy with other projects and that was a reason for receiving the bid that they received.
• Commissioners also unanimously approved a resolution in support of Cannon Air Force Base. Commissioner Dennis Lopez said he attended a CAFB military affairs meeting last week and military officials suggested a resolution from the county in support of CAFB.
Lopez said the hope was that the resolution could be used in leverage from keeping CAFB from being closed in case it is needed in the Base Realignment and Closure process.
Cannon’s Committee of Fifty support group hired an international law firm, Piper Rudnick law firm, to keep track of legislature which would effect CAFB. The BRAC process begins on May 16 with the deadline for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to give the BRAC commission and Congress the Pentagon’s recommendations for military facilities that should be closed.