I acknowledge and celebrate that government dealings today are the result of decisions of the past; for every rule or law there was a cause. I know the basic responsibility of the Lincoln County Commission is the budget, but along with that come the subcategories which actually drive the budget needs. Local county government can not address all those concerns alone which is why as a District 1 County Commissioner I will work with elected state officials to obtain necessary funds and assistance in addressing the issues of Lincoln County. My experiences have also taught me that you approach funding and assistance requests inquisitively, starting small and working towards an ultimate goal over time.
When talking about issues, one must first realize you can't come into the discussion with the "they are coming after us and our way of life in every shape and way" but rather there needs to be honest discussion, willingness to work with all entities, a lot of researching of those issues and sometimes you just need to think outside the box for a resolve. This is why I am running for the Lincoln County Commission District 1 position with the idea of a NEW VOICE--CLEAR CHOICE.
While the RISE grant is providing for improvements at the LCDC, the grant is not necessarily the answer since there is no assurance of it being a yearly grant. With the new management in place, the likely addition of mental health services, and quite possibly contracts for housing individuals from other agencies, LCDC is looking better. However, this is a 141 bed-facility currently with a population of 51. Is this cost effective? The labor pool remains as it was. Where will the qualified staff come from? What will be the cost to bring them to the LCDC? Resurrection of the LCDC may be possible but lets be wary and don't throw consolidation with other counties out the window totally.
On May 4, 2020, a 3% salary increase for all classified positions was voted down by the present commission. This seems proper for Lincoln County, especially in the unprecedented times we face currently. Additionally it might be time to reevaluate some of the salaries of elected officials and those appointed by the County Commissioners.
Specifically the issue deals with the many unlicensed short term rentals within Lincoln County. It is certainly an issue already being addressed but we need to continue to monitor and control the collection of the lodgers tax funds.
Cell phone and wifi reception are at best sporadic within Lincoln County. Currently the issue is being addressed with the tower operators and should be an on-going conversation. The proactive response of the county to locate hot spots around the county also needs to be continued and locations need to be published.
Lincoln County prides itself on its history therefore we should and must do everything to preserve and protect that history. In accomplishing that we must insure vehicular traffic causes no undue or unnecessary stresses to the environment, the buildings, or the wildlife within the county. We must be partners with other agencies within the county who are charged with the same responsibilities; working with them, standing with them and supporting them.
Highway 380 between junction of US 70 and Carrizozo has 17 critical curves per the NM DOT. To "straighten" those curves to allow oversized vehicular traffic would not only be disruptive to wildlife and the environment; the traffic itself would impact the buildings through creation of road vibrations. (As a side note oversized vehicular traffic for a minimal fee may actually use 380.) Stricter enforcement of this must be provided by all law enforcement. The forest service adheres to the endangered species act as it impacts in Lincoln County, the county should support that. BLM lands are abundant in Lincoln County and the county should support their actions as they reclaim and protect lands.
AND A WHOLE HOST OF OTHERS!!!