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Commissioners meet behind closed doors

Most of the November meeting of the Jeff Davis County Commission was spent behind closed doors to discuss personnel.
The commissioners met 15 minutes in open session, then spent 55 minutes in private.
After re-opening the meeting to the public, the commissioners approved a contract with actionpact, approved hiring two new road department employees, approved Christmas bonuses and approved a motion made on Oct. 10 to offer Joint Development Authority employee benefits.
Prior to closing the meeting to the public, the commissioners heard from Stanley Land who read a prepared statement about his concerns for his property that abuts the Brooker Field Solar Project. Land said solar power projects destroy land, replace cropland, replace forests and when the projects leave, they pollute the land with dangerous chemicals.
The commissioners tabled action on restructuring election qualifying fees until the commission’s next meeting.
The commissioners briefly discussed bids received for motor graders for the road department and voted to accept the bid from Yancey to purchase four motor graders with slopers and a bid from Dobbs Equipment to purchase a loader for the road department.
The commissioners also briefly discussed roads that need resurfacing.

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