The Chaves County Commission voted against a mutual assistance agreement between Eddy and Chaves counties, on Thursday. Commissioner Kim Chesser noted that law enforcement agencies of the two counties often aided each other. He wondered if it was necessary to have a formal written agreement between the counties.
Commissioner Kyle “Smiley” Wooton asked Sheriff Rob Coon if all law enforcement agencies across the state took an oath to assist other agencies. Wooton quipped: “Does that not mean anything to Eddy County?”
Coon affirmed that the oaths were uniform and the training was the same as that taught by the New Mexico State Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe.
Chesser suggested the county write a letter telling the Eddy County Commission that Chaves planned on being neighborly.
Commissioner Robert Corn commented that a letter might only add fuel to the fire.
The commission approved an agreement between Chaves County and Securus Technologies, which would provide inmate phones and IP-based video visitation system to Securus Technologies.
The commission passed the budget increase of $26,000 for Berrendo Volunteer Fire Department to add two brush trucks to its fleet, with the provision that out-of-date trucks would be sent to other agencies when it came time to retire them.
The commissioners also approved a budge increase for the Chaves County Detention Center construction project for New Mexico Finance Authority loan intercept payment. The entry will be offset between revenue and an expense account.
The commission passed the revision to County Fixed Asset Policy, with notable changes made to the definition of a Non-Capitalized Fixed Asset, as “any property or material item that has a value under $5,000; and an expected useful life which exceeds one year and which will not lose its identity even if installed in other equipment.”
Other changes included the deletion of a requirement where elected officials and department heads must submit a certified statement with inventory and location of assets. This was replaced with a simplified list of inventory that department heads must verify and then submit as a certified list.
The Finance Department will now be held accountable for rectifying the list and items would no longer need to be tracked by a custodian. The date of the changes that needs to be submitted has been moved from the second month to the fourth month of the fiscal year.
A personnel resolution was passed, which updates the position of executive secretary of community development to administrative assistant. It also created an additional court compliance officer position.
The session ended with the selection of the commission chair. Commissioner James W. Duffey, who was absent during this session, was voted into the position of commission chair for the year 2014, while Wooton was elected to post of vice chair.