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JOY Centers receives formal funding approval for vehicles

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The Chaves County JOY Centers has received authorization for its previously awarded state funding, enabling it to purchase nine vehicles.

The Chaves County Board of Commissioners formally approved the allocations during the group’s Tuesday morning meeting.

Under 2016 state capital outlay funding to the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department, the JOY Centers received three allocations.

A $43,700 grant for the Hagerman and Dexter locations will be used to purchase a handicapped-accessible minivan for transportation of clients, and a grant for the same amount will be used for the same purpose for clients at the Lake Arthur location. The third allocation for $300,200 will be used to purchase four vehicles used for delivery of hot and cold food, as well as three passenger vans, some handicapped-accessible and some not.

The JOY Centers has until June 2021 to spend the money on the vehicles, according to state documents, although the provider indicated in its funding requests that it intends to expend the money as soon as it becomes available.

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JOY Centers operates four locations in Chaves County and provides meals, day activities, housekeeping services, respite for caregivers and other services to senior citizens.

In other matters during the meeting, the Commissioners voted to return current chair Robert Corn to the chairman position for 2018, while Will Cavin was selected as vice-chair.

Commissioners also approved the 2018 public meeting schedule. Unless special meetings or rescheduling occurs, the meetings of the Board of Commissioners will occur on the third Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. at the Chaves County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place. The Indigent Hospital and Health Care Board overseen by the commissioners will meet on the same days at the same location at 8:30 a.m.