County lifts fire ban

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor

With little discussion, Roosevelt County Commissioners voted 5-0 Tuesday to lift the county fire ban in place by proclamation since January.

County Administrator Charlene Hardin recommended commissioners lift the fire ban because it had become hard to enforce since statewide bans, which the county proclamation referenced, had been lifted.

Hardin said she would be coming back to the commission later with a fire ban ordinance that could be approved and put into effect when needed or lifted. The ordinance would outline penalties and give a fire ban more teeth.

County commissioners also hired a new county road superintendent following interviews Tuesday of two candidates in executive session.
Hardin said she has offered the position to John Bohm, who is a Roosevelt County road foreman that has been acting superintendent for the last month and a half.

Hardin said he has worked for the county for about four years in two stints.

“He brings a lot of knowledge I think we need,” Hardin said.
He replaces Jackie Grimes, who retired July 1 after serving as road superintendent for 20 years.

“I feel confident as far as doing the work,” Bohm said. “We have a lot of miles of roads to maintain, and when you get weather like we’ve had the last couple of days it’s tough, but we can get the job done.”
Bohm claims on his resume to have 30 years of experience as a finish blade operator. He also lists previous ownership of a welding business and other experience.

“He’s been wonderful to work with for the last month and a half,” Hardin said. “He’s stepped up for us. I think he’ll be good to work with.
Hardin said Bohm’s salary will be $40,000 a year. She said Grimes’ salary was approximately $48,000.

In other business:

• A motion to change the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s department retirement package from 25 to 20 years failed for lack of a second.

• Commissioners approved the replat of the Sandhill Subdivision, east of Portales, allowing smaller lot sizes.