The San Miguel County Board of Commissioners declared a new disaster following flooding and debris resulting from the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire at their regular meeting last week.
A disaster declaration directly related to the fire has been in effect for months, and this new declaration should help the county qualify for state assistance to better protect the county from flooding and debris cleanup. likely to cause many problems.
The statement describes the extent of damage caused by the fire, including hundreds of thousands of acres scorched and 699 buildings destroyed, including 508 residences.
The statement refers to the devastating floods as an “imminent threat,” stating that local resources alone are insufficient to deal with the threat of floodwaters and debris descending from the mountain into the county.
He directly requests “aid, assistance and relief programs and funds available from the State of New Mexico for the purpose of clearing ashes and fire debris resulting from the ‘Hermit’s Peak Calf Canyon’.
Also at the regular meeting, the commission approved income limits for county residents to benefit from Section 8 Housing and Urban Development and public housing programs. These income figures vary each year based on the county’s median income. This year, the median income per household is listed at $46,200.
This means that for a family of four to qualify for assistance through HUD, the maximum they can earn is $48,800 to qualify under the “low” income level. To qualify for the “very low” level of assistance, a family of four cannot earn more than $30,500. To qualify for the “extremely low” level of assistance, a family must bring in no more than $27,750.
Each level comes with different amounts of assistance available, and income limits vary widely depending on the number of people residing in a household.
The county also changed its ban on fireworks following high levels of humidity to start the county’s monsoon season. The new ban aligns more closely with state law than the outright ban on fireworks approved earlier this summer, before the county hit humidity.
The new resolution bans the sale of missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerial propellers, stick-type rockets and ground-based sound devices. It also prohibits the use of all fireworks in state or national forests or wilderness. All fireworks are also prohibited.
The July commission meeting was held on the second Monday of the month rather than the second Tuesday of the month, as is the typical meeting time for the county. According to county officials, moving the meeting date was discussed at last month’s meeting.