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Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 20:41
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Dona Ana County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday morning for the first time in 2013, welcoming two new commissioners and giving a State of the County address.
District 2 Commissioner David Garcia and District 4 Commissioner Wayne Hancock participated in their first meeting after being elected last November.
"Lots of nerves but it all worked out just fine," said Wayne Hancock after the meeting.
Commissioners also voted to keep District 3 Commissioner Karen Perez as Chair and voted Billy Garrett of District 1 as Vice-Chair.
Perez highlighted the accomplishments of the past year and looked ahead to 2013.
There were several projects the county took on in 2012, like adding a crisis triage center and a wing for the mentally ill at the detention center.
Perez added the passing of the county-wide noise ordinance for unincorporated areas of the county was a big step in maintaing a high quality of life in the county.
The commissioner said a big project for 2013 will be a new dispatch center for the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority.
"I think a lot of the controversy around that was where are we picking a site and did the city win or did the county win and it's never really been about that it's been about finding the best site that we can move quickly on and that we can afford," Perez said.
She added three possible sites have already been identified and will be meeting with the City of Las Cruces before disclosing any of those locations.
Perez said a meeting could take place within the next two weeks.