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Chaves County men re-elected to PVACD board

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Dick Smith, left, and Mike Fallwell have been re-elected to an area conservancy district board. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Dick Smith and Mike Fallwell have been re-elected to the Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District Board of Directors.

Elections were held Saturday for Smith’s District 2 and Fallwell’s District 3 seats on the five-member board.

They both ran unopposed, but had to get at least one vote to return to their positions. The election results were presented Tuesday to the board by Automated Election Services.

Smith and Fallwell will serve six-year terms on the board, which has oversight and authority on all matters concerning the district.

Established in 1932 by court order, the district’s mission is to monitor and conserve the waters in the artesian basin that stretches from north of Roswell to the Brantley Reservoir area near Carlsbad. About 100,000 residents in Chaves and Eddy counties are within the district’s boundaries, and the district has a $6.35 million budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

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Smith, the Chaves County Flood District superintendent, has served two terms for 11 years. Fallwell, a corn and wheat farmer in Dexter, has served for seven years.

The men spoke and signed their oaths of office Tuesday during the board meeting.

The board members also chose their officers for the next two years.

Greg Alpers, the District 1 representative, will serve as chairman, and Dwight Menefee, District 4, will be vice-chairman.

Smith will continue to serve as secretary and treasurer, while Fallwell was voted assistant secretary and treasurer.