County election official

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Socorro County election results are official, according to the county clerk.

Clerk Rebecca Vega announced during the Socorro County Commission’s regular meeting Nov. 27 that she just heard from the secretary of state’s office that day that auditors went through the county election canvass.

“And we’re good,” Vega said.

Socorro County Senior Center director Lewis Auerbach said as of Nov. 1, there was a waiting list for home delivered meals, but not anymore since they lost 11 people.

“To me it’s hard because you get used to these people,” Auerbach said. “And you feel for them and feel for their families.”

Commission chairman and District 4 Commissioner Daniel Monette asked what can be done to alleviate the waiting list situation.

Auerbach said SCSC is on a budget and can only deliver meals to so many people before going way over their budget.

“The good news is, compared to last year, we’re kicking butt,” Auerbach said. “We are doing fantastic as far as units going out of the center … For Thanksgiving, we had a heck of a dinner for seniors.”

Auerbach said 155 Thanksgiving meals went out from SCSC, which beats last year’s total by 15. He added the center is decorated for Christmas, and encouraged everyone to drive by and take a look.

County manager Delilah Walsh said she attended the county manager’s conference in Albuquerque earlier in the day; there was good information about electronic records maintenance, upcoming legislative issues and more.

Walsh said Socorro County had its audit exit conference Nov. 14, and the county’s audit and financial statements were remitted to the state auditor on time Nov. 15. Once the state auditor approves it, the county can publicize it two weeks after that.

“I’m really happy to report we’re getting better every year,” Walsh said. “It was the least painless of all four years I’ve been here.”

Walsh said roof repairs on the County Courthouse begin this week. When asked about the pigeons living in the roof, she said Wildlife Services came in and cleaned them out — although some unidentified pigeon lover wired cages open so the birds could escape. In any case, the courthouse roof is now pigeon-free.

Walsh said for Bosquecito Road, the county will look at passing the loan/grant resolution Jan. 22, 2013, and the county should close on the loan/grant combination by March. She said they should be able to get water crossings installed by the July rains with construction starting in April.

Walsh said the city of Socorro tourism office was not interested in developing a proposal to bring the New Mexico Association of Counties conference to Socorro. She said the county doesn’t have the same resources the city’s tourism office has for such a project.

Monette said if the city doesn’t want to get involved in the project, then just wait. Walsh remarked the city would benefit more than the county financially through gross receipts and the lodger’s tax.

The next County Commission meeting is 10 a.m. Dec. 11, and it will be the only regular meeting held in December. The county will hold the ceremony to swear in newly elected officials Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. at the County Courthouse.

In other business, the county:

  • Approved an agreement with Santa Fe County to house inmates. Walsh explained the Santa Fe County Adult Detention Facility is the county’s backup facility. The county most often sends inmates to McKinley County.
  • Tabled a credit card agreement with Tyler Technologies. Walsh explained it was another bank account to accept credit card payments online. Monette said he would rather table the matter until the treasurer could be there to discuss the arrangement.
  • Approved vendor checks totaling $148,973.50 issued Nov. 14 and Nov. 20.
  • Approved payroll checks totaling $157,384.94 issued Nov. 14.
  • Acknowledged personnel changes in county departments: The assessor’s office hired two temporary appraisers at $9.50 per hour effective Nov. 19; Bernadette Quintanna resigned from the senior center effective Nov. 15; and the senior center had two new hires effective Nov. 19, a building maintenance person at $9.17 per hour and an assistant cook at $8.57 per hour.