Resident requesting anti-littering measure

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer

A Roosevelt County resident plans to ask the County Commission to put up one “no littering” sign and publicize the state public nuisance law.

The request is among agenda items for the commission meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the District Courthouse.

Linda Giddings, who lives west of Portales, plans to ask the commission for a sign informing people that littering is forbidden and violators will be prosecuted with a $300 fine. She would like the sign to go southwest of Portales beside the northeast-bound lane of U.S. 70.

The public nuisance law Giddings wants publicized allows law enforcement to cite people whose trash blows from their property onto others’ land.

County Manager Charlene Hardin didn’t have an exact price for the sign.

“They’re not cheap,” she said.

In another matter, Hardin plans to present the commission with more information on inmate health care for the Roosevelt County Detention Center.

“We’ve gathered up figures for them to look at,” she said.

County staff members also found companies that might be interested in submitting a proposal to provide the care but that didn’t see the original request for proposals.

The commission tabled the issue at their last meeting rather than award a one-year $232,000 contract for medical, mental health and pharmaceutical services at the jail. They asked for more information and options.

Also on the agenda, Hardin is recommending the commission hire NCA Architects of Albuquerque to design an addition to the Public Health Office in the Las Casa facility and LCI2 Inc. of Clovis to remodel the old jail space in the county courthouse into office space.

Hardin expects a bond sale this month to provide $500,000 for the Public Health Office work, and LCI2 gave the low bid of $314,000 for the remodeling.