The Otero County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday afternoon, to consider a report from Danny Chavez and a proposed amendment to an agreement.
The Otero County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday afternoon, to consider a report from Danny Chavez, Otero County Landfill Manager, amendment to an agreement between the Otero Sheriff's Office and Douglas County, and a cooperative Service Agreement between the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, and Otero County Commissioners.
Chavez presented two bids for supplying a new trash compactor for the Otero County Landfill Inc. The bids considered were from Wagner Caterpillar and Power Equipment. The Caterpillar bid was chosen, with a purchase price of $318,000 and a three-year 4,000-hour extended power train warranty for $3,310. The old unit as trade-in was considered in the price.
Sheriff Shawn Mobley presented an amendment to the agreement with Douglas County to use a web-based interactive software program called SOTAR System to manage and exchange information regarding sex offenders. The amendment provides for compliance with certain FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Security Policies.
A cooperative service agreement, work and financial plan between the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services and the Otero County Commissioners was approved. This is Otero County's share of the agreement among Otero, Crowley and Bent counties, the City of La Junta and John Martin Reservoir. One full-time, 12-month, Wildlife Services Specialist is employed by Aerial Predator Management Operations. Total cost is $13,412 to Otero County and a similar amount to the other parties to the agreement. "This is basically our predator protection plan," said County Administrator Jean Hinkle.
Jeff Paolucci from Otero Junior College and La Junta Superintendent Rick Lovato Jr. have requested $50,000 from the Otero County Conservation Trust Fund for maintenance and upkeep at the four local baseball fields — dugout roofs, outfield fencing, padding on backstops are specified. Otero Junior College is contributing $10,000, City of La Junta, $30,000 and the school district, $10,000 toward the $100,000 project.
Otero County Treasurer Dennis Smith reported a total of $115,665.72 in tax options sold. There were 27 buyers, with $1,779 in premium bids, the highest bid being $95. The regular two highest buyers were not present. It was a small crowd, leaving Smith with excess doughnuts.
County Clerk Sharon Sisnroy reports requirements for finishing the remaining tasks regarding the election have not yet been completed. Until the state count is completed, we will not know if a recount will be required on some of the amendments. The deadline is 5 p.m. on Nov. 28. "We will know after that," said Sisnroy. She looks forward to the new election system, which will use touch controlled tablets scanned into the system. The tablet will also yield a print-out.
Hinkle attended a courthouse security meeting with Wendi Larsen and Judge Mark MacDonnell. This is a session that used to be quarterly, but it has been two years since the last meeting. However, improvements have been made in the court's physical arrangements.