County holds off on ‘no dumping’ action

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer

The Roosevelt County Commission took no action on a request to publicize laws dealing with litter and blowing trash.

At the commission meeting Tuesday in the County Courthouse, Linda Giddings, who lives west of Portales, requested a sign beside the northbound lane of U.S. 70 near Roosevelt General Hospital to inform people that littering is illegal and punishable by fines.

She also asked the county to send rural residents fliers about the state public nuisance law, which allows law enforcement to cite people who allow their trash to blow onto others’ property.

Giddings said publicizing that county residents can dump trash at the City of Portales Convenience Center for free has helped the littering situation.

“There’s been a lot of people taking advantage of that,” she said.

Wayne Victor, who handles county rural addressing, said an 18-by-24-inch sign that said simply “No Dumping” would cost $32, and that type of sign would be phased out in a few years. A sign with more text would cost more.

Victor said a sign that was easily readable to motorists would cost $100, plus about $100 more for the post and hardware.

The county would also need permission from the state to place the sign on U.S. 70, he said.

Chairman David Sanders said a $32 sign that changed in a few years would be fine with him. However, he said mailing fliers was expensive and asked if Giddings’ neighborhood would pay for them.

Giddings said the commissioners were elected to do what was right for the county and residents needed help.

In other business, the commission:

• Voted to put Roosevelt County Detention Center inmate health care services out to bid again to investigate options other than a $232,000 one-year contract brought to them at the last meeting.

• Approved a budget adjustment to allow for grant funds for the Arch Fire Department to buy a tanker truck.

• Awarded a proposal for architectural services for the Public Health Office expansion to NCA Architects of Albuquerque.

• Awarded a bid of about $339,000 to WWRC Inc. to remodel the former courthouse detention center facility into office space.

• Heard County Assessor Tex Belcher say that mailing notices of values for property cost just over $5,000 under the state’s new rules. The amount was more than the county previously paid, but not as bad as Belcher expected, he said.