Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, January 22, 2001
County, BOP agree to $95 million contract
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, January 22, 2001 - An intergovernmental agreement between Reeves
County and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and purchasing equipment for the
Road and Bridges Department were discussed and approved at this morning's
regular Reeves County Commissioners Court meeting.
"We've finally worked out all the details and specifications on the
agreement between Reeves County and the Federal Bureau of Prisons," said
Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo.
The new manday rate in the agreement was set at $41.48. "The bureau
will also make a one time payment of $500,000 for previous expenses incurred
during the former agreement," said Galindo.
The BOP provides most of the inmates for the Reeves County Detention
Center, which is currently adding inmates to fill up the 1,000-bed expansion
of the facility to eventually bring its capacity to 2,000 inmates. The
manday rate is the amount of money the BOP pays Reeves County per inmate
for each day they are housed at the prison.
The estimated value of the agreement for the first year, at $41.48 a
day, is $31 million, with the total value over the life of the agreement
set at $95 million, according to Galindo.
"It became effective on the 18th and will help significantly
for operations at the Reeves County Detention Center," said Galindo. "We
also have the ability to renegotiate the manday rate every year."
Road and Bridges Administrator Russ Salcido was on hand at the regular
meeting to discuss some very much needed equipment for his department.
"A lot of our equipment is really outdated and parts are no longer being
sold for this equipment," said Salcido.
The purchases had been discussed previously at another commissioners
court meeting and at that time Salcido told the court that some of the
equipment had been with the county for many years and that it was costing
more for repairs.
"Basically I'm here to request that we take bids on several pieces of
equipment to allow us to replace some of the old equipment we have," said
"And for me to come up with some specs, because the old equipment is
getting too costly to repair," he said.
Commissioners agreed to allow Salcido to put together specifications
for several pieces of equipment and to bid out for a water truck, a haul
truck, and a dozer and ditching machine. Items that will be leased include,
a motor grader, a pickup truck and a dump truck.
"I think Mr. Salcido should be commended for using this equipment to
its full potential," said Galindo.
Resource team to hear report on structures
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, January 22, 2001 - Members of the Texas Rural Development Council
resource team are scheduled to hear reports from Pecos Fire Marshall Jack
Brookshire on the condition of buildings in the community at the Town Hall
meeting at 6:30 p.m., tomorrow at the Reeves County Civic Center.
Pecos Chamber of Commerce Director Tom Rivera said the meeting is part
of the ongoing effort the city has started to better the community.
"This will be a continuing effort," he said. "It was a project initiated
by the city."
The resource team will also discuss setting up committees through the
Town of Pecos City Council for projects that will begin in order to clean
up the community.
Resource Conservation and Development Coordinator Darren Clark is scheduled
to be at the meeting to discuss the reports and committees with community
The resource team first came to Pecos in June of 2000 to tour the city
and interview people on what should be done to improve conditions the city.
The problem of dilapidated buildings and the image of the city it projects
was one of the topics discussed during the initial meeting
"Back in June we came in as a six-person team, we toured Pecos, the
good and the bad, and invited people from the community to come in and
be interviewed," Clark said in a previous interview.
The resource team toured the city and interviewed approximately 98 individuals
during a 3½-day period from June 6-8.
Tomorrow's meeting is the third meeting that the resource team has had
since it's initial tour.
PEDC to pick 2001 directors during meeting
PECOS, January 22, 2001 - The 2000 annual report and marketing strategy
is the main topic for today's meeting of the Pecos Economic Development
Corp. Board of Directors scheduled for 5 p.m., in the Second Floor snackbar
of Security State Bank.
The board will also discuss the nomination of officers and directors
for 2001 pursuant of PEDC's by-laws.
Also on the agenda is approval of board minutes and the December 2000
Melda Gleason, Pabla Hernandez, Jose Juarez, Jr., Francisco Martinez, Peggy Scull, and Diego Madrid
PECOS, January 22, 2001 - High Sunday 59. Low this morning 27. Rain total
24 hours ending Friday at Texas A&M Experiment station .08 inch. Forecast
for tonight: Increasing clouds. Low near 30. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Tuesday:
Mostly cloudy with a less than 20 percent chance of showers. High near
50. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy with a less
than 20 percent chance of rain. Low in the upper 20s. Wednesday: Decreasing
clouds. High from the upper 40s to the lower 50s.
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