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Eddy County commission approves revenue bonds, 2.5 percent pay hike for county manager; Bond proceeds will be used to equip gas processing plant

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ARTESIA — An ordinance authorizing industrial revenue bonds for Summit Midstream Permian LLC evaluation for Eddy County Manager Rick Rudometkin were just two of the items Eddy County commissioners dealt with at their Nov. 7 regular meeting.

The commission approved a $500 million single-revenue bond to be designated to the Eddy County-New Mexico Industrial Revenue Bond.

The proceeds of the multi-bonds will be used to acquire, construct and equip a gas processing plant in the eastern part of the county, along with various pipelines.

“It’s good for the county and its for business,” Rudometkin said as the commission held a public hearing on the industrial revenue bonds.

According to county officials, Summit will pay all property taxes that would be due to the Carlsbad Municipal Schools and to New Mexico State University at Carlsbad and 20 percent of the property taxes that would be due to the county.

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Jon Waters, head of the Carlsbad Department of Development, said his organization was in favor of the bonds. He said Eddy County is the “new Midland-Odessa of this century. This is a good deal for us.”

The commission approved the bonds and Cas Tabor, county attorney, said, “The bonds will be executed at a later date.”

The commission also took care of some items dealing with county fire services.

Robert Castillo, deputy director, addressed an accountability procedure. He said it will track firefighters who are working a fire scene.

He said there will be a standardized black-metal engraved tag and accountability board. Castillo added that all volunteer fire departments will have to purchase them.

Commissioners approved the item.

They also approved a mayday procedure for all county volunteer fire departments.

He said the procedure was rewritten to keep it in line with the Carlsbad and Artesia fire departments.

“Hopefully we never have to use it,” Castillo said.

Commissioners met in closed session for more than an hour discussing the job performance of Rudometkin.

Not only did they discuss his job performance, they also discussed any proposed revisions to his contract.

When they came back from closed session, the county manager got a raise of 2.5 percent.

“It would behoove us not to give the county manager a raise,” said Stella Davis commission chairperson.

The commission voted 4-1 for the pay hike, with District 2 commissioner Jon Henry casting the lone no vote.

Rudometkin’s old salary was $176,300 and his new salary is $180,700 and took affect Oct. 27.

Rudometkin said he was“very happy and (it was) very nice of them. It’s nice to see the support.”