Commissioners will discuss communications, EMS budget

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
Lead paramedic John Reese, left, and paramedic supervisor Matt Moon pull out an ambulance stretcher on Nov. 23, 2015, at the San Juan Regional Medical Center Emergency Medical Services headquarters in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — The San Juan County Commission will have a special meeting at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at 100 S. Oliver Drive in Aztec to discuss the budget for the San Juan County Communications Authority and Emergency Medical Services.

Both entities have been spending more money than the tax that funds them can bring in.

Following the special meeting, the County Commission will have its regular meeting, when it will discuss fireworks restrictions.

Commissioners also will consider the possibility of hiring special legal counsel for a possible investigation or litigation about opioid use and abuse by residents of San Juan County. San Juan County is considering hiring a law firm to evaluate the merits of pursuing a lawsuit against opiate manufacturers and distributors, according to a request for proposals.

The county also will hear from the city of Farmington about a proposal to annex nearly 15 acres of land west of the city limits.

The Farmington City Council will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 800 N. Municipal Drive to consider entering into a contract with Oldcastle SW Group Inc., a Farmington construction firm, for phase one of the Foothills Enhancement Project. The project includes improving the surface of Foothills Drive as well as making it more pedestrian and bike friendly.

Oldcastle SW Group Inc. was the only company to bid on the project.

If the council approves the contract, the city will pay about $1.8 million to the firm, as well as an additional $136,000 in taxes.

The City Council also will discuss implementing stage one of the city's drought management plan and the fiscal year 2019 budget.

The Bloomfield City Council will have a closed session at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss limited personnel matters. The agenda does not include details, and Mayor Cynthia Atencio, who requested the meeting, did not respond to request for comments Friday.

The Bloomfield School District board will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday to discuss the termination of a noncertified staff member. The discussion likely will take place in closed session, and a decision regarding the employee’s request for a board hearing will be made in open session. The school board meets at 325 Bergin Lane.

The San Juan Water Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at 7450 E. Main St. in Farmington. It will hear an update about water resources.

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