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County Commissioners Say No To Girl Scouts Cookie Storage

During their meeting on Tuesday, March 12, Roosevelt County Commissioners reconsidered the matter of keeping Girl Scout cookies in the county fair’s office for storage.

Earlier in the month, the request died from a lack of a second. Only commissioners Robert Toavs and Gordon Oelkers were at that meeting.

In her letter to make the request, fair manager Angela Miller wrote, “I would like to emphasize this is not a personal request, as I do not receive personal financial gain or benefit as a result of storing the cookies in the county facility. This request is submitted, rather, on behalf of a non-profit volunteer seeking to use the facility part-time outside of office hours.”

Miller wrote the benefits of the Girl Scout organization including bringing important values such as leadership, entrepreneurial skills, service, decision making and community contributions. “The county facility in Culbertson is used for many events by various organizations including meetings, parties, showers, book clubs and the food bank which is not funded nor affiliated with Roosevelt County,” Miller wrote. “I view the temporary usage of the building by the Girl Scouts for their annual and well-known fundraiser to be similar to the food bank providing community service through food storage.”

Toavs made the motion to approve the request. Commissioner Gary Macdonald seconded the motion for sake of discussion.

Macdonald questioned whether there was a house or another building that could be used to store the cookies. He said the county usually doesn’t allow people to bring in items.

Oelkers said the county is there to help, but he doesn’t believe the building should be used for that purpose.

Toavs said he supports the request because it benefits the youth in the area, but commissioners probably need to look at policies regarding the matter.

Toavs was the only commissioner voting in favor of the motion.

In other business, commissioners approved the transfer of Maestro Martinez from a jail employee to a full-time deputy within the sheriff’s office. The resignation of John Benavente from the sheriff’s office was accepted.

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