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County makes preparations to move landfill power lines

The Sandoval County landfill near Iris and Idalia roads is on the county commission agenda again on Thursday.

The commission will likely vote to vacate public road right-of-ways and approve public utility easements requested by the Public Service Company of New Mexico, in order to relocate power lines that run through the site. Moving the lines is expected to extend the life of the landfill.

Commissioners in February voted to pay PNM $2.03 million to move the lines, using a loan from the state to make the payment. The commission is expected to appropriate $77,780 to cover a debt service payment due in May.

In other business, the commission is expected to honor seniors and recognize April as National Senior Volunteer Month.

The county’s senior program is requesting $15,000 for employee salaries and benefits and $332,505 in capital outlay from the state.

Larry Horan, county lobbyist, is expected to report, among other things during his legislative briefing, the county will not lose any state funds for its DWI programs. April is also Alcohol Awareness Month, according to the meeting agenda.


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County Manager Phil Rios will ask the commission to approve last year’s audit. He also wants them to help DHF Technical Products Inc., which recently announced its move to Rio Rancho from Los Angeles, with obtaining Local Economic Development Act Funding from the state.

Labor relations will round out the meeting.

“The administration is asking the commission to approve a 4.5 percent pay raise and a 1.5 percent PERA pick up for the sheriff’s department union employees,” county spokesman Sidney Hill said in an email.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the commission chambers at the county administration building, 1500 Idalia Road NE in Bernalillo.