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Monday, January 3, 2000

Commissioners make RCDC water bill offer

Staff Writer
PECOS, Jan. 3, 2000 - Reeves County Commissioners hoped the results of a closed-door session on Thursday will end their ongoing problems with the Town of Pecos City over water payments for the Reeves County Detention Center.

Commissioners approved several items during their final meeting of 1999, including the water dispute, which was handled in executive session and has been a topic for both the city and the county for some time.

They agreed to pay a water bill and to offer a proposal to the Town of Pecos City in their dispute over the water rate at the RCDC, which is just outside the city limits. Customers outside the city that are connected to the water line pay higher rates than those within the city's boundaries, and the dispute stemmed from Pecos' demand that the RCDC pay the difference between the city and county rates for past water deliveries.

Commissioners agreed to offer the city $4 million at 1 percent interest for 20 years in exchange for being treated as a regular (in-town) commercial customer on water and sewer. The city would also have to fulfill what they had already agreed on, to install water lines from Lincoln and Eddy streets to the elevated storage tanks at the Reeves County Detention Center. The city would also continue with the parks and recreation agreement over the same terms under the plan

Reeves County is currently paying Pecos $3.75 per every 1,000 gallons used at the RCDC.

"I think it's in the community's best interest and for us to move forward," said Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo.

The proposal will have to be considered, and then approved, by the Town of Pecos City Council, before it could go into effect.

Commissioners also approved hiring a Health Services Administrator for the Reeves County Detention Center, and a safety manager for the facility.

"This is the first time that we've an individual with that kind of experience, but he's indicated that he will not renew his contract," said RCDC Warden Rudy Franco.

He said he would like to find a medical professional to train under the current Health Services Administrator.

"We're looking for someone with a good medical background and supervisory experience," said Franco, who added the person would have to have some correctional experience as well.

"We hope to recruit someone that will stay here and fill that slot," he said. The position was budgeted at $40,000 per year.

A safety manager position, which was budgeted into the new fiscal year, is also open at the facility. "We have a second safety manager that has taken over those duties, because we don't think the other one is coming back," said Franco. "He's been out on workman's comp for almost a year and we need someone else."

The position is a lieutenant's level position budgeted for $28,500 a year.

In other action Thursday, commissioners approved fee policies for the golf course, similar to those outlined last year and approved an agreement with the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD and the Reeves County Golf Course.

They awarded employees uniforms contract to Suburban Uniforms Company out of San Angelo; discarded food products was awarded to Ismael Dutchover and surface treatment to Trans Pecos Materials out of Midland.

Under reports from various departments it was noted that the county had received a payment from the U.S. Marshals office. "That's just a payment for October and November, the December payment hasn't come in," said county auditor Lynn Owens.

The county also received a payment for the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force that will cover expenses for the payroll and bills and the following payroll, but Owens noted that after that they would be broke again.

"The seizures they have done recently might help out a little," said Owens.

Budget amendments and line-item transfers were approved as presented.

Personnel and salary changes approved include at the Reeves County Detention Center, Fred Jernigan as a correctional officer I at $19,000 per year; Eric Carrasco, Bart Sanchez, Ruben Hernandez, Annabell Marquez, Joann Villanueva, Martha Gabaldon and Florinda Anchondo, also as correctional officers I; Christopher Cisneros receive a promotion at the detention center to $24,000 per year, along with Mary Rivera, as unit counselor.

In the county clerk's office Norma Chavez was approved as a full-time employee at $15,000 per year, with Crystal Gochicoa named as chief deputy in that department and her pay raised to $17,200. Estella Anaya was also boosted to $16,000 in that department and all were budgeted for the following year.

Erasmo Acosta was approved as a full-time employee in maintenance at $16,640.

Minutes from the previous meetings were approved as presented.

Police see normal New Year's activity

Staff Writer

PECOS, Jan. 3, 2000 - Millennium weekend in Reeves County and Pecos was busy, but not any different from past New Year's weekends, according to local law enforcement officials.

"We had PIs (public intoxication), and people firing shots into the air," said Reeves County Chief Deputy Victor Prieto. "We had a few fights, but nothing serious."

Pecos police investigator Kelly Davis identified the man as Roland Reyes, who was arrested at the corner of Eighth and Cherry streets. "He was emptying his shotgun into the air," Davis said. Reyes was charged with deadly conduct.

Cities across the Southwest try to discourage people from firing shots into the air each New Year's, since the falling bullets can strike and kill people when they return to the ground.

"Thank goodness we didn't, but other people did," Davis said, referring to people being struck by falling bullets.

"A lot of people fire shots up into the air, but only one got arrested. Fortunately, there was nothing serious," Prieto said.

Along with the guns, the other problem officials dealt with was shooting off fireworks inside the city limits.

"We talked to a lot of people about fireworks. Every time you turn the corner you have to tell them about the ordinance against shooting off fireworks inside the city," Davis said.

One thing that went better than expected in town was traffic. "There were no accidents inside town," Davis said.

"I worked until 5 a.m. and didn't hear of any, which is unusual."

Election filing deadlines set for 5 p.m. today

PECOS, Jan. 3, 2000 - Just a few hours more are left for those prospective candidates that want to throw their hat in the ring for the March Primary Elections.

Although most county offices remained closed today, Reeves County Clerk Dianne Florez is on hand at the courthouse for those that waited until the last day to file for the elections.

Florez, along with tax-assessor collector Elfida Zuniga were both in their offices as a courtesy to prospective candidates.

"I'll be here until 5 p.m. today if anyone wants to file and Elfida is there to check the signatures on the petitions that they have to turn in to Bobby Dean," said Florez. Dean is the Reeves County Democratic Party chairman.

Candidates who want to be on the ballot but do not have the minimum 50 signatures can also pay a $600 filing fee before 5 p.m. today. Candidates will run in either the Republican or Democratic primaries on March 14.


Sylvia Mendoza holds her grandson and Reeves County Hospital's first baby of the year this morning. Jo Allison and Bea Owens of the RCH Ladies Auxiliary where also on hand to present Pecos' newest citizen with a basket of gifts.

The baby - who hasn't been named yet - was born at 4:21 p.m. on January 1, and weighed in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 21 inches. Dr. Theresa Whitt delivered the child. Dr. Whitt was filling in for Dr. Joseph Darpolar who was on vacation.


AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Saturday night: Winning numbers drawn: 11-13-23-25-27-32. Estimated jackpot: $10 million. Number matching six of six: 1. Winning ticket sold in: Friendswood. Matching five of six: 108. Prize: $1,322.


AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Cash 5 drawing Thursday night: Winning numbers drawn: 5-19-26-29-30. Number matching five of five: 1. Prize per winner: $84,579. Winning ticket sold in: Corpus Christi.


AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Cash 5 drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 2-12-21-29-37. Number matching five of five: 1. Prize per winner: $93,201.


AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Texas Million drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 9-47-53-72. Number matching four of four in Group One: 0. Number matching four of four in Group Two: 0. Number matching four of four in Group Three: 1. Prize: $10,000.


AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Thursday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 3-3-3 (three, three, three)


AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 7-5-7 (seven, five, seven)


AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Saturday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 8-2-7 (eight, two, seven)


Clyde McDaniel

Funeral s services are incomplete for Clyde McDaniel, 62, who died this morning, Jan. 3, 2000, at Reeves County Hospital.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Eulanda Milner

Funeral services are incomplete for Eulanda Milner, 89, who died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at her residence in Pecos.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


High Sunday 78. Low this morning 42. Wind advisory in effect today. Forecast for tonight: Clear. Low 15-20. Northwest wind 10-20 mph. Tuesday: Sunny. High around 55. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly clear. Low around 20.

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