LOCAL NEWS

County Lodgers Tax Board Recommendations

HERALD Staff

The Sierra County Commission, at its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 4, was scheduled to entertain five recommendations of expenditure from the Lodgers Tax Board.

The board reviewed the funding requests during its Aug. 14 meeting.

Of $1,800.68 in available funding, the board is recommending the expenditure of $875, leaving $925.68 in reserve, according to meeting minutes.

Lodgers Tax Board recommendations:

•Truth or Consequences/Sierra County Chamber of Commerce, $200 for printing of Sierra County Visitors Guide

•Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway, $200 for the purchase of “Convention Bags”

•Monte Cristo Gift Shop & Gallery, $250 for special event and general advertising

•Veterans Day celebration, $75 for advertising

•New Mexico State Veterans Home, $150 for advertising the NMSVH Car Show.

Board membership consists of Maree Westland, Kim Skinner, Jagger Gustin, Linda Turner and Catherine Wanek (absent).

Meeting minutes indicate Skinner and Turner abstained from voting on recommendations related to Geronimo Trail and Monte Cristo, respectively.

The next board meeting takes place Dec. 11.

ADDITIONAL AGENDA ITEMS

•A proposed lease agreement between the County (on behalf of the county Flood Commissioner) and Sierra Soil & Water Conservation District calls for the County to continue leasing office space at Sierra Conservation Plaza, 2101 S. Broadway.

The county would pay $8,107.50 annually for 705 square feet of office space, which equals $11.50 per square foot for up to five years.

“The lessor shall furnish to the county as part of the rental consideration the following amenities and utilities: water, gas heat, sewer, refrigerated air conditioning, janitorial services, restrooms and cooled drinking water,” the lease agreement states.

•The commission was scheduled to hold a public hearing on the issuance of a wine growers liquor license to Shattuck Vineyard in Caballo.

The director of the state Alcohol & Gaming Division has granted preliminary approval for the application, and the next step is for the county to hold a public hearing and make its recommendation to the state agency.

Bradley Shattuck is the primary owner of Shattuck Vineyard LLC, according to the liquor license application.

•County Planning Coordinator Sandy Jones is recommending that the Sierra Vista Hospital utility survey contract be awarded to the Las Cruces-based engineering firm of Bohannan Huston.

“The firm has been contacted and the fee for the work negotiated is within industry standards,” Jones writes in a memo to the commission.

Jones noted a second proposal was automatically rejected because it was submitted 17 minutes after the advertised deadline, failing to meet the terms of the RFP.

•Jones is also recommending that Albuquerque-based Studio Southwest be awarded a contract for SVH central plant design services.

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