Email from Commissioner Ben Rawson regarding possible paving of Baylor Canyon Road
Thursday at 1pm the County Commission will be considering again whether to pave Baylor Canyon Rd.
You may remember that in 2015 the County Commission decided to pave Dripping Springs and gravel Baylor Canyon. At the end of this fiscal year (June 30th) we will turn over the unused 1/2 million dollars that wasn’t used on this project (these weren’t Dona Ana County tax dollars). Staff is asking us on Thursday to consider paving Baylor Canyon instead of returning the money. Citing maintenance challenges for the gravel surface, and the fact that currently a portion of Baylor Canyon is paved and a portion is gravel.
When this came to the County Commission in 2015 I did a survey of just under 400 people for whom I had phone numbers and email addresses. That survey resulted in
55% in favor of paving both Dripping Springs and Baylor Canyon
24% in favor of paving Dripping Springs, but not Baylor Canyon
12% opposed to paving either Dripping Springs and Baylor Canyon
9% had no opinion
I am in the process of updating this survey and have already reached out to over 200 residents by phone. Please take some time to let me know how you feel about this project so that I can accurately represent you at the Commission Meeting on Thursday.
If you would like to attend the meeting it begins at 1pm at the Dona Ana County Building on Motel Blvd. Given the agenda, I suspect we will get to this item between 2-3.
Thank you in advance for your response.
Benjamin L. Rawson
Dona Ana County Commission
575-649-4153 (cell phone)