Jan 282011

By Tammy Gray-Searles —

County administrators have taken the plunge into social media and Navajo County now has an official Facebook page.

Government Relations Administrator Hunter Moore unveiled the page to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, noting that the page would be used to provide information to and interact with constituents.

Events such as public hearings, informational presentations, community meetings and countywide events, such as the Hashknife Pony Express Ride, will be featured on the page.

It will also include updates on the activities of some elected officials. For example, Supervisor Jonathon Nez is featured on the site as he presided over the opening day for the Navajo Nation Council as Speaker Pro Tem.

Supervisors noted that they are excited about taking a step into social media, and hope the format will reach more county residents.

The page can be viewed at www.facebook.com/navajocounty or by visiting the county’s home page at www.navajocountyaz.gov and clicking on the Facebook link.

In other action Jan. 25, the board:

* Approved an extension of a contract with Mauriah Walker, R.N., for administration of H1N1 flu vaccines.

* Approved an intergovernmental agreement for Title I funds for juvenile detention education services.

* Approved an agreement with the City of Tucson for drug interdiction grant funding.

* Approved an intergovernmental agreement with Northland Pioneer College to share network resources.

* Approved an all mail ballot election for the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside primary election.

* Approved a resolution adopting a continued fair housing policy.

* Approved the donation of office furniture to the Spider Mound community.

* Approved an interconnection agreement with Arizona Public Service Co. for solar power generation at the south county complex.

* Approved the expenditure of $5,000 for vehicle operating expenses for Alice’s Place in Winslow, with $2,500 from District II and $2,500 from District III Local Transportation Assistance Funds (LTAF II).

* Approved the expenditure of up to $23,767 in District II special road funds for the purchase of diesel fuel by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Hopi Agency Division of Transportation.

Public Works Director Homero Vela noted that the division “is running low on diesel fuel and currently does not have the funding for this purchase.”

The next regular board meeting is set for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the county complex in Holbrook.