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AZTEC — The San Juan County Commission approved funding for several projects during tonight's meeting at the county offices here, including a roof replacement for the San Juan County Juvenile Detention Center.

The center was built in 2004 and has since developed several leaks, Daniel Hill, the deputy administrator of parks and facilities, told commissioners.

The commission approved spending approximately $467,000 to replace the 66,000-square-foot roof.

“It’s only been 14 years,” Commissioner Keith Johns said. “That seems short.”

He asked if the roof was still under warranty.

Hill said the roof had a 20-year warranty when it was built, but the construction company that installed the current roof is no longer in business.

The commission also approved spending $250,000 from an account set aside for the communication authority and emergency medical services to replace an aging phone system at the backup 911 center.

Dave Ripley, the director of the San Juan County Communications Authority, said phone systems are generally replaced every five to seven years, and the backup system is 10 years old.

“We are really in danger of that phone system going down,” he said.

Commissioners also approved a $197,000 local match for a $984,000 state fire grant for several San Juan County Fire Department projects. The projects include remodeling two fire stations, constructing a new fire station and purchasing a new truck.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

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