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Monday, December 8, 2003

Commissioners seek Wackenhut approval on bids

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Dec. 8, 2003 -- Reeves County Commissioners tabled a series of items this morning during their regular meeting at the Reeves County Courthouse, until the county can discuss them with Wackenhut Corrections Corporation, the firm that assumed management of the Reeves County Detention Center in late November.

Reeves County had sought bids for several services for both Reeves County and the Reeves County Detention Center. However, several of those items were tabled, to give the county an opportunity to discuss them with Wackenhut, which signed a 10-year management deal with the county on Nov. 25.

Wackenhut assumed management duties and is also helping the county in its attempt to find inmates for the $40 million RCDC III unit. It opened in March but has not attracted the inmates needed to pay the prison's construction bonds. Wackenhut has agreed to make bond payments on the facility for up to a year while efforts are made to sign a contract to house inmates there.

"I don't know if Wackenhut will want to bring in their own vendors," said Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo. "I think we need to discuss these items with Wackenhut before we approve them."

Bids were requested for several services and items including janitorial supplies; inmate food and kitchen supplies; law enforcement insurance and inmate clothing/linen supply.

All these items were tabled and Galindo said that he would contact Wackenhut to discuss how they want to handle purchase of those items.

"The new bids don't start until Jan 1, so we still have time," said county auditor Lynn Owens. "I did send a complete list out to the prison."

Owens said that they would still need to go through the competitive bids.

"There may be some vendors that they want to bring to the table or they may want to award the bids quarterly and not yearly the way we do," said Galindo. "I think it would be wise to take these up with them, because there might be some saving areas."

"We were discussing the janitorial supplies and prices and now they're out in the open and the other vendors will know what they bid," said commissioner precinct 4 Hivi Rayos.

Owens said that if the group was going to table any of the items, they should not discuss them.

The employee uniforms bid for the RCDC was awarded to Unitech. which is the current supplier. Galindo said that this item had been a big problem in the past and that they should go ahead and award the bid.

Galindo said that they could not afford to delay a decision on this particular item. "I don't see any problem in awarding this bid, without first consulting Wackenhut," he said.

Vanessa Simmons, RCDC Employee, was on hand to discuss the employee uniforms and provided a sample from Unitech. "Unifirst was the other bidder, but they did not provide a sample," she said.

Owens said that the vendors were required to send a sample and Unifirst did not.

"What do you do with the employee uniforms, when an employee leaves?" asked commissioner precinct 3 Herman Tarin.

Simmons said that if the uniforms were in good condition, they were then re-issued. "But there are some that are turned in, that are torn, all dirty and just not usable at all. We need to decide how we want to dispose of these," she said.

Other items were awarded to the lowest bidders during the meeting held this morning, including motor fuel/oil/antifreeze bid items, which were awarded to Desert Distributors.

"We had two bidders, Desert Distributors and West Texas Gas, both bid," said Owens. "In all three cases, Desert Distributors was the lowest bidder."

Surface aggregates bid went to both Trans Pecos Materials and Salcido Sand and Gravel.

"Trans Pecos had the best bid for the aggregates and Salcido for the pre-mix," said Owens.

Physician services bid was awarded to Dr. Haithim Jifi, who was the only bidder and pharmaceutical services to Professional Pharmacy, which also was the only bidder and has the current contract.

The inmate lab and x-ray services bid was awarded to Trans Pecos Labs, but this bid does not cover the detention center.

"This bid is for the sheriff's office only and not the prison," said Owens.

Slash Ranch pecan entries claim firsts at show

PECOS, Mon., Dec. 8, 2003 -- The Slash Ranch in Loving County picked up three first place awards on Friday at the annual Reeves-Loving County Pecan Show, held this year in the lobby of West Texas National Bank.

The ranch took top honors for its pecans in the Wichita, Western and Choctaw varities, which were among the 10 varieties of pecans judged this year, according to Reeves-Loving Extension Agent Tommy Dominguez. The ranch also took second and third place for its entries in the Western variety division.

The Mark Wilks Farm was also a multiple winner in this year's show. They won first place in the Mohawk and Mahan varieties. The other winners in this year's show were the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD in the Cheyenne variety; Bill Oglesby in the Stuart variety; the Texas Department of Transportation in the Burkett variety; Carmela Gomez in the Apache variety and the Teal Family in the variety seedling.

Dominguez said there were a total of 30 entries in this year's show, which was up sharply from a year ago.

Second and third place finishers in each division are listed below:

Wichita Variety: Ronald Box, 2nd; Mark Wilks Farms, 3rd.

Stuart Variety: Lupe Davis, 2nd; Carmela Gomez, 3rd

Burkett Variety: Texas Dept. of Transportation, 2nd; Harry Reddick, 3rd.

Choctaw Variety: Bill Oglesby 2nd.

Apache Variety: Teal Family, 2nd

Kindergarten hosts holiday book fair

PECOS, Mon., Dec. 8, 2003 -- Everyone is invited to shop for Christmas at the Pecos Kindergarten "Hats Off to Reading" Scholastic Book Fair, being held today through Friday.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be open every day from 8:15 to 10:45 a.m. and again from 1-3:15 p.m.

On Thursday, Dec. 11 from 7-8, the Book Fair will feature a Family Night Event.

Visitors can check the teacher's Classroom Wish List, then purchase and donate a requested book to help the teacher develop a rich array of learning resources for their classroom.

Funding almost in place to finish park work

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Dec. 8, 2003 -- The fund raising for an in-town skate park nears completion, and has planners eyeing a final construction schedule.

The park, the brainchild of Pecos Police Community Involvement Officer Mike Balog, has been in the fund raising stage for a year and a half now. Initial dirt work already has been done at the corner of Seventh and Alamo streets.

"One of the first calls I received when I got to Pecos was to stop some local kids from skate boarding in front of City Hall. I told them they had to leave, and they told me they had nowhere to go. It was then I decided then to start this project to give the kids a place where they could skate in peace, safely," Balog said.

"We have received excellent community support for the park, with the recent donations bringing us up to the $8,000 estimated to cover the cost of materials," Balog added. "The blueprints have been donated by Eduardo Madrid of Frank Spencer and Associates and Jeff Lindsay, Manager of Lindsay Western Construction, has pledged to do the earthwork for free as well."

Rearranging the dirt into the shape needed to provide a substructure for the concrete will take around 15 working days, according to Lindsay.

"We are planning on starting the work as soon as the contracted jobs we are currently on are complete. There is typically a slow down around the middle of December as the oil fields close for Christmas, and we are hoping to start around then," Lindsay said.

"The job will require bulldozers, loaders, moto-graders, dump trucks, compactors, surveyors and plenty of shovels. A job of this size would typically run in the range of $12,000-$15,000, but we are glad to donate our services to such a worth cause," he said.

Unforeseen problems aside, Lindsay estimates the total completion of the job sometime in March.

The park is planned to have bathrooms on site and to have additional lighting, other than ambient street light, to allow for kids to use the park after dark. However, Balog said the park will close in accordance with Town of Pecos ordinances that place curfew at 10 p.m. weekdays and 12:01 a.m. on the weekend.

According to Balog, Eduardo Madrid is designing the park to be usable for all of the 'X-sports,' in-line skating, BMX and skateboarding.

"We are still looking for some help with some of the welding aspects of the park, though. The steel for the grinding rails has yet to come through and we still need someone to weld them together before the concrete pouring can begin," Balog said.


PECOS, Mon., Dec. 8, 2003 -- High Sun. 83. Low this morning 42. Forecast for tonight: Increasing cloudiness. Lows near 40. West winds 10 to 20 mph. Tues.: Partly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Colder. Highs in the lower 50s. North winds 15 to 20 mph. Tues. night: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 20s. East winds 5 to 15 mph. Wed.y: Mostly sunny. Highs near 60. Light and variable winds becoming south near 10 mph in the afternoon. Wed. night: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 30s.


Willie B. Hall and Cresencio Anchondo

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