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Monday, October 14, 2002

Commissioners put off budget, tax rate action

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Oct. 14, 2002 -- Reeves County Commissioners voted to table action on a hearing on, and adoption of, the 2003 Fiscal Year budget, and also delayed action on the county's 2003 tax rate during this morning's Reeves County Commissioners Court meeting.

The group met at 9:30 a.m., today, to discuss several issues and the budget and tax rate were among the first on the commissioners' list. Both the budget and tax rates normally are approved by the county before the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1. However, the items were tabled until the November meeting, while commissioners did go on to approve requests for payments to the contractors currently working at the site of RCDC-III; property bids and other miscellaneous items.

Reeves County Detention Center Warden Rudy Franco was on hand to give the court an update on the construction at the site of the new facility. "Despite the rain, construction seems to be going on as scheduled," said Franco. "A lot of the work is being done inside now."

"We believe everything will be completed on schedule or very close to the schedule," said Franco. "It looks great out there and if anybody has a chance go over there and take a tour."

Commissioners approved payments to LMD Architects for reimbursement of expenses in the amount of $4,842; Frank Spencer in the amount of $1,875 and $3,891; payment to Carothers Construction, in the amount of $146,159; R.W. Jones and Sons, $6,650; Texas Commercial Fence, Inc. payment for $83,909; SamCorp General Contractors, Inc., $338,608; ABCO Fire Protection request payment in the amount of $30,637; ISI Detention Contracting Group Inc., $64,323; N.C. Sturgeon, $27,788; Howard's Mechanical, Inc., $415,115; Scott Thane Ditching, $51,407 and Acme Electric Company, $306,280.

The group also discussed and approved property bids for several properties that were struck off by one of the taxing entities.

Crissy Martinez, with Edward Jones Investments, was again on hand for a presentation on voluntary payroll deduction retirement plan.

Martinez had made her presentation at an earlier Commissioners Court meeting and the item had been tabled. The item was approved at this morning's meeting.

"We authorize the payroll deduction with the stipulation that separation will be made only twice a year, on Jan. 1 and June 1," said Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo.

In other action, an interlocal agreement between Reeves County and County Information Resource Agency was approved.

"This is run by the Texas Association of Counties and will help the counties expand on computer networking," said Precinct 1 Commissioner Felipe Arredondo. "It will help us when the legislator is in session and an issue comes up that involves us," he said.

The resource agency will provide valuable information to the counties and offer advise, regarding what is best for the county, according to Arredondo.

"There's no fee associated with this at this time," said Arredondo. "They are trying to do e-mail addresses for all county officials as well."

"Probably the idea is very worthwhile and you can learn what the other counties are doing," said county auditor Lynn Owens. "It should be very beneficial, but once you get an e-mail address, you're going to get bombarded with a number of letters."

"It's better for us to go into this agreement with them, better for them to have established this website, instead of us doing it alone," said Galindo.

"Right now it's just being started up by TAC, but later on they probably will want some type of fee," said Owens.

"I'm sure they're fees will be reasonable and it's a lot cheaper than us doing it ourselves," said Galindo. "I think it will be very beneficial to the county."

Personnel and salary changes included new hires at the Reeves County Detention Center, as Correctional Officers I, at a starting salary of $19,000; Mary Garcia, Jimmie Bannister, Carlos Campos, Barbara Lambert, Chris Lara, Theodore Martin, Ronald Mather, Joe Mendoza, Andrew Rodriguez, Jesus Valles and Amanda Vasquez.

Officers who went from COI's to COII's at a pay raise of $24,000 were, Saul Mendoza, Julio Torres, Elva Florez, Annette Diehl, Mary Ann Carrillo, Harlan Rayburn, Eriberto Sotelo and Nolan Blount. Grace Renteria received a pay raise from $34,000 to $41,000 and Jimmy Leonard was promoted to shift lieutenant, at $31,500.

At the Reeves County Sheriff's Office, Liandro Castaneda was hired on a part-time basis as a jailer; Rosalina Alvarado as administrative assistant at $25,000 and Reno Lewis received a pay raise to $28,000.

Shots available for kids, adults at Pecos sites

PECOS, Mon., Oct. 14, 2002 -- Immunization shots for children and flu shots for adults are available at two different sites in Pecos.

A free immunization clinic is set for from 3-5 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Bessie Haynes Elementary School library for students who are lacking some of their shots.

Parents or guardians need to bring their child's shot record. Students must receive these immunizations to continue in school after a date to be set after the Oct. 22 clinic.

Meanwhile, Rediger's Pharmacy now has flu shots for anyone interested in the receiving the injection. For further information, call 445-4916.

Nov. 5 election early voting starts Saturday

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Oct. 14, 2002 -- As election time nears, people willing to vote in the early elections may do so beginning this Saturday.

According to County Clerk, Dianne Florez, early voting will begin on Saturday, October 19, at the Reeves County Court House lobby from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m.

The election will consist of all local and state races, Florez said.

"There will also be one constitutional amendment to be voted on," Florez said.

Though the Court House lobby is the only voting site as of now Florez added that she hopes to receive clearance about other sites.

"I am still waiting to hear from (Washington) D.C. for clearance on other voting sites," Florez said.

Florez added that once clearance is received on the other sites she would let the people know.

There are no local races in Reeves County that are contested, but several area and state races that voters will be deciding on. They include the 23rd Congressional District race, where incumbent Republican Henry Bonilla is challenged by Democrat Henry Cuellar; the race for U.S. Senate, where Democrat Ron Kirk and Republican John Cornyn are looking to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Phil Gramm; and the race for governor, where Democrat Tony Sanchez is challenging Gov. Rick Perry, who took over the job following the election of George W. Bush as president in 2000.

Early voting will end on November 1 and applications will be received by mail till October 29 by 5 p.m. for those wanting to vote absentee, Florez said.

Anyone who may have any questions by call the Reeves County Court House at 445-5467.

Charges filed in Tercero's 1998 slaying

PECOS, Mon., Oct. 14, 2002 -- A man has been indicted for a 1998 murder of a Pecos resident and is now in the Ward County Jail.

Joel Bravo Rubio, 28, of Pecos has been indicted for the murder of Ruben Tercero while in custody of the Texas Department of Corrections Tennessee Colony unit in East Texas. A bench warrant was served to return him from there to Ward County.

Rubio, a member of the a criminal street gang, was first served a warrant in June of 1999 after Ward County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Pascual Olibas had signed a warrant asking for his arrest for the connection of the death of Tercero, whose body was discovered in May of 1999.

Though Rubio was arrested in Reeves County the case was dismissed because of the lack of evidence.

However, while in custody of Reeves County Sheriff's deputies, Rubio showed authorities where the remains of Tercero were located.

Two other people were later charged in connection with Tercero's death, but in June of 2000, murder charges against Mario Hernandez Rayos, Jr., 31 and Arturo Ortiz Gallegos, 28, were dismissed because of insufficient evidence, 143rd District Attorney Randy Reynolds said at the time the charges were dropped.

The 39-year-old Tercero was reported missing by his mother in April of 1998. As a result of the information provided by Rubio to the Reeves County Sheriff's Department, Ward County sheriff's deputies and Texas Rangers excavated a grave site on the Ward County (east) side of the Pecos River on May 20,1999. The site was three miles north of FM 3398 and south of the Barstow Dam, where officials discovered Tercero's body in a shallow grave.

According to Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez, the case is still under investigation.


PECOS, Mon., Oct. 14, 2002 -- High Sunday 65. Low this morning 45. Rainfall last 24 hours at Texas A&M Experiment Station .48 inch. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 40 to 45. South winds 5 to 10 mph, becoming north 10 to 15 mph late. Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 70s. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph becoming east 5 to 15 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s. Thursday: Partly cloudy. Lows 45 to 50. Highs 70 to 75.


Evelyn Lorene M. Nunn

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