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Carrizozo Lincoln County News (Newspaper) - December 9, 1999, Carrizozo, New Mexico Southwest m1cropublish1ng inc i b 07/03/1999 26b 2621 East Yandiel drive re paso to 79903 Lincoln county signs jail design contract by Doris Cherry after Many Long months Lincoln county commissioners accepted and signed an agreement with Nims Calvary to design and oversee construction of a $4.08 million county detention Center to House up to 122 inmates within a year and a half. During a special meeting on tuesday november 30 held in the courthouse in Carrizozo county commissioners voted 4-1 to accept the architectural agreement. County commissioner Leo Martinez voted no to accept the contract concerned the project will Cost much More than the $4,083,615 estimate. County commissioners had tabled acceptance of the agreement at their regular meeting november 18 to give time to review the agreement copies of which they had received Only the Day before the meeting. Also at the november 18 meeting architect Ray Mitcham again presented an offer to do a Quot turn key Quot detention Center for $4.9 million total. At the november 30 special meeting county manager Tom Stewart said the new contract had revised numbers from the one presented november 18. Even though the Overall Dollar figures were higher Stewart said he was sure the $3.9 million loan from new Mexico finance authority would be enough to finance the new detention Center. The Nymfa loan would be paid off with Revenue from the county wide Gross receipt tax. With the agreement Nims Calvani provided an Overall Cost estimate of $4,017,157. The estimate however excludes costs of lot Survey and soil testing printing of bid documents Telephone system in the new detention Center additional furniture paving of parking kitchenware and medical equipment. Stewart said the county will bid out these items at an estimated Cost of $66,458. With that the total estimate is $4,083,615 for a Quot turn key Quot new detention Center. In a memo from Stewart he noted the $116,645 in the current county budget for the jail project could be applied to the total Cost Esti mate bringing the Price to $3,966,970. During discussion about the agreement county commissioner Bill Schwettmann asked some questions about who would pay for lab testing and whether there would be any Quot Quality Schwettmann referred to a recent escape from the fairly new Mckinley county detention Center. Inmates escaped through a roof skylight deeming the facility to be thank goodness you weren to part of that a Schwettmann said to Bob Calvani. Quot who Ever it was that designed the Mckinley county jail should be embarrassed and probably be in deep county commissioner Ray Nunley then said Quot Mckinley you say Quot Schwettmann answered that he was unsure who designed the Mckinley jail. Quot but i m glad were Are not dealing with editor s note at the november 18 meeting architect Ray Mitcham listed the my see Page 3 serving up Oft Lin counts news Quot so inc /90s&Quot volume # 94, number 49 thursday december 9, 1999 Carrizozo no 88301 Winter Blanket of Snow covers Nogal Peak on sunday As it is viewed from Carrizozo Golf course. Wet Snow sends motorists spinning skiers up the Hill a badly needed Snow storm of Friday and saturday blanketed Lincoln county with four to 12 inches of the wet stuff that sent motorists sliding and skiers headed up to the ski run that opened on saturday with 14 inches. Lincoln county sheriffs office dispatch said they got reports of at least a dozen minor accidents on Highway 54 in the Corona area because of the ice. Corona school officials said about five inches of Snow was in the Village. Icy roads also caused a westbound Semi cattle truck to turn Over at Riverside on Highway 70. The Driver had minor injuries and was taken to Lincoln county medical Center by Hondo ambulance. Lincoln county sheriffs deputies assisted with traffic control at the wreck. Several cattle were inured. On Highway 48 in the Ruidoso area where snowfall was heavier several accidents occurred in the con Santa visits cd zozo on saturday dec. Is hoho to it is time for Santa to make his yearly visit to Carrizozo sponsored by the Carrizozo Volunteer file department. Santa will ride through town on the Carrizozo fire truck. At i . Saturday december 18, Santa will give out Candy and visit with children at Spencer Park in Carrizozo of the weather is bad Santa will be at the Carrizozo Volunteer fire department on eighth Street near the caboose. Struck Ion zone. Lincoln county Road department began removing Snow on Friday night. Road manager Albert Hernandez said he and Brent sultemeier went out and salted Gavil an Canyon Road Sun Valley motorists Tel to Lincoln county sheriff office is encouraging motorists to slow Down and take extra time for travelling during Snow storms and the holidays. Sheriffs Deputy Ken Jones said Drivers need to use extreme caution with the weather. He said most accidents due to weather happen because the motorists Are driving too fast without taking extra time to compensate for slower driving. Quot we became complacent with our recent mild weather Quot Jones said. Quot we All need to remember to drive appropriately when the weather gets wet and cold. We need to be aware that the weather can change so quickly Jones recommended motorists should carry provisions such As water and food in Case they get stranded. Quot slow Down with the weather and the extra traffic Here for the holidays Quot Jones said. We want everyone to be Jones also cautions motor see Page 3 and High Mesa in Alto on Friday. At that time there was not much Snow in Cedar Creek. By 2 . Saturday so much More Snow had fallen the sheriffs office called Hernandez to get his Snow removal Crews out. Hernandez went to Check the roads which he says he does before he Calls out the whole Crew and knew within minutes. By 3 . The Snow removing Crew was out with their plows and stayed out until 3 . Hernandez said Snow Depths ranged from 12 inches at Villa Madonna on Sierra Blanc six to eight inches in Gavilan and other higher areas and four to five inches in the Capitan area. Overall the county Road department Crew put in 105 hours of overtime costing the county about $2,300. The Road department has a total of $20,000 budgeted for overtime salaries. Hernandez said they got a see Page 2 Luminaria workday set for saturday dec. La help is needed on saturday december la to fill 10,000 paper bags with Sand and candles to transform them into luminaries. Work begins at 9 . At the Carrizozo fire station at 400 eighth Street. Volunteers Are Welcome to come by anytime dining the Day to help out. On Christmas eve luminaries will be set out along streets in Carrizozo and lighted at dusk for the Luminaria display. Pretty fences sides stay out in Ruidoso by Doris Cherry in Ruidoso new wooden Slat fences will have to show their Quot pretty Quot Side out. Ruidoso Village Council during its meeting november 30, tied its vote to approve a recommendation from the Village planing and zoning commission a amp a to adopt the ordinance that removes the requirement from Village codes that the finished or pretty Side of a wooden Fence face outward. Councillors Bob Sterchi Ron Anderson and Frank Cummins voted to remove the Fence requirement councillors Bill Chance Linda Flack and Leon Eggleston voted against removing the requirement. Mayor Robert Donaldson broke the tie by voting against changing the ordinance. Surprisingly there was Little discussion among the Council or from the Public during the Public hearing on the ordinance to remove the finished Fence requirement. There was no Public comment from the a amp a during its hearing on the proposed change. During the october 26 Council meeting when councillors authorized the Public hearing Village planning staff discussed How the face front requirement had been enforced intermittently and they had received complaints from property owners about the fences facing out. However staff had gotten no complaints from neighbouring property owners who saw a Fence with the a ugly Quot Side out. The ugly Side has the supporting Cross members. At that Eggleston and Flack were concerned about safety and appearance if they removed the requirement. Curious about their votes the news contacted Chance Donaldson Eggleston and Flack. A consensus among them was the requirement should remain in place and Village planning staff enforce it. Chance said the reason he voted to keep the requirement is to maintain probity values in the Village. Quot we have made such strides in maintaining property values Quot Chance told the news Quot sometimes we have to have unpopular codes and i thought it was a step backwards to drop the Standard Quot he continued. Quot i think the existing ordinance is Good for property values and appearance. It s a Quality of life Issue. It is in the Village s Best interest corporately and As a whole to hold tight to the guidelines even if they might be we re no longer the Little Frontier town with no rules we be grown up Quot Chance said. Quot it s not a message we want to Send Donaldson said the tie vote on the ordinance took him by Surprise. He said choosing How to vote on the re see Page 2 Ruidoso agrees to hold Bia prisoners Ruidoso Village Council approved an agreement with the Mescalero Bureau of Indian affairs Bia to temporarily House tribal prisoners in the Ruidoso police department detention facility while the Bia reorganizes its detention facility. During their november 30 Ruidoso Village Council meeting councillors heard from Troy Bowlen the new7 Mescalero Bia police chief. He thanked the councillors for their consideration. Quot in be been working with Ruidoso police chief Lanny Maddox since i got Here on some past issues Between Mescalero and Ruidoso Quot Bowlen said. Quot we Are Here to help assist Writh the Village Quot he added. In a memo from Maddox to councillors he said the working relationship with Mescalero police has been excellent since Bowlen was appointed As police chief. Maddox wrote that while the Ruidoso police department detention facility is a Short term 72 hour facility the housing of Mescalero prison see Page 3 putting up the lights. Lincoln county maintenance supervisor Lee Roy Zamora puts up icicle lights along the Central ave. Side of the Lincoln county courthouse in Carrizozo while worker Chris Barela assists and Volunteer fire fighter Gary Stout watches

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