County proposing walking trail in Kirtland

Noel Lyn Smith
A proposed 3-mile walking trail would link Kirtland Elementary School to Kirtland Central High School, pictured here on Thursday.

FARMINGTON — An agreement to provide funding to design a walking trail in Kirtland could be approved by San Juan County commissioners on Tuesday.

The funding agreement would be between the county and the New Mexico Department of Transportation and the money would be used to design a walk path that would link Kirtland Elementary School, Kirtland Central High School and the former Ruth N. Bond Elementary School.

County staff received a cooperative project agreement from the state transportation department for $119,999. Under the agreement, the department would provide $102,527 and the county would provide a matching fund of $17,472, according to county documents.

The commission will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in commission chambers inside the county administration building at 100 S. Oliver Drive in Aztec.

Commissioners will also conduct a public hearing on a proposed business registration ordinance.

Ordinance No. 95, or the San Juan County Business Registration Ordinance, would require most businesses operating in unincorporated areas of the county to register annually with the county’s Community Development Department.

This will be the second public hearing for the ordinance. The first one was held in October and resulted in county staff making changes to the proposal.

Traffic moves up County Road 6400 along the site of a proposed walking trail on Thursday in Kirtland.

County Operations Officer Mike Stark said the public hearing will take place prior to the commission’s discussion and consideration of the ordinance.

The county attorney will present any changes or updates to the ordinance before the commission chairperson calls for the public hearing, Stark said.

Among the items listed under the commission's consent agenda is approval of an agreement between the county and Torrance County for treatment services for offenders convicted of misdemeanor DWI.

San Juan County provides treatment services for three to seven offenders from outside the county, according to county documents.

The fiscal year 2016 rate for treatment services is $2,580 per person and would be charged to the county that is seeking service.

Commissioners could also decide to approve a proposal to provide planning and engineering services for the Totah Subdivision Water Preliminary Engineering Report and Wastewater Preliminary Engineering Report.

Staff has recommended that the award be made to Bohannan Huston Inc. of Albuquerque.

Also up for approval is a project agreement with the state transportation department to construct improvements at the intersection of County Road 350 and County Road 390 on Crouch Mesa.

Traffic moves up County Road 6500 along the site of a proposed walking trail on Thursday in Kirtland.

Construction is planned for April, according to county documents.

Commissioners also will consider a request to approve an agreement between the county and Presbyterian Medical Services for residential treatment services for juveniles at the San Juan County Adolescent Residential Treatment Center on Andrea Drive in Farmington.

The current contract for treatment services expired on Jan. 1, according to county documents. Presbyterian Medical Services was the only entity to submit a bid for the contract, which would be in effect from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.

Among the other items on the agenda is the election of a commission chairperson and chairperson pro tem.

That process is scheduled to take place before the commission receives reports and action items.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.