Here’s a look at today’s news:
The Silver Consolidated Schools Board of Education has approved two resolutions this week which will allow the district to hold a special tax election in May. The election will be by mail-in ballot and is described as a continuation of the old tax, not a new tax that would raise the tax rate. If approved, the district will receive $1.1 million that can only be utilized for maintenance of existing facilities.
Interim Luna County Manager, Glory Juarez, submitted her letter of resignation to county commissioners yesterday. Jaurez, was appointed as Acting County Manager last October after the termination of former manager, Ira Pearson. Pearson was charged with allegedly permitting a false public voucher, tampering with evidence, and two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony. Glory Jaurez, has worked with the county for nearly 16 years, and her letter of resignation letter stated that her last day of employment will be March 10th. No reason was given regarding her departure.
Fire safety issues regarding the newly constructed Mountain View Senior Living Apartments were discussed during the Silver City Town Council Meeting this week, with an address given by Silver City Fire Chief, Milo Lambert. Lambert, reported that he met with contractors before construction began to discuss fire safety issues on the site that include: emergency access lanes for firetrucks and emergency vehicles; ingress and egress for individuals; portable fire extinguishers and the installation of fire sprinklers in the building. There was further discussion regarding water pressure to the building and that water lines were improved before construction that will meet all safety standards.
The February 15th deadline to accept applicants for the open Bayard Police Chief position has been extended in order to increase the number of qualified applicants. Former Police Chief, Will Kerin, retired on January 31st due to health issues. The application deadline has been extended to March 8th and the advertisement for the position has been continued. Applications for the Police Chief position can be obtained at Bayard City Hall, located at 800 Central Avenue.