County acquires library, Supervisors appoint Naco Sanitary District board members

Cochise County has officially become the proud owner of Elfrida Library.

While the County’s Library District has operated the branch on N. Hwy. 191 since 2003, the building was owned by the non-profit Elfrida Citizens Alliance (ECA). At its regular meeting on December 17, the Board of Supervisors approved the acceptance of a quitclaim deed, transferring ownership of the building to the County.

The adjacent Elfrida Community Center, which shares the same parcel with the library, is being transferred to the Elfrida Fire District and library patrons, staff, and volunteers will continue to use the building’s restrooms, thanks to a license agreement. The library currently has no restroom, but the County plans to build one next year at a cost of $50,000.

In other business, the Board approved the appointment of Rick Corley, Francisco Gomez, and Martha Huntley, to fill three vacancies on the Naco Sanitary District Board. The appointments are effective immediately and will end in 2020, 2022, and 2022 respectively.

Following a resignation in November, the board was unable to meet its quorum and conduct its business. State law allows the Board of Supervisors to appoint members to ensure the continued operation of the Naco Sanitary District.