FARMINGTON — San Juan County Commissioners will vote tonight to maintain a five-year partnership between the county’s Public Works Department and the tribe’s transportation department.

The county and the tribe first entered an agreement with each other for road projects in 2007. The entities must vote to continue the relationship every five years.

The purpose of the agreement is to pave the way for future projects between the county and the tribe, San Juan County Public Works Administrator Dave Keck.

“We call it an agreement to agree,” he said. “It sets the framework for future agreements.”

In the last five years, the only project the county and the tribe collaborated on was a road-improvement project near Lake Valley Navajo School, Keck said.

Keck said in the future the county and tribe may work to replace a bridge near Huerfano or to create a contract for the tribe to pay for county work crews to respond to problems on Navajo roads.

 Those plans are in their infancy and no money has been committed to any road project between the tribe and the county, Keck said. 

The commission meeting is at 4 p.m. at the county government complex in Aztec.

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