WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Supervisor Jesse Thompson and Supervisor Percy Deal were recognized for Navajo County's innovative partnerships with the Navajo Department of Transportation (NDOT) on dirt road maintenance at the NDOT Road Maintenance Program dedication ceremony held Dec. 5.
The NDOT, as well as members of the council, thanked Thompson for his hard work for the first two NDOT road yards that will be built on the Navajo Nation. Thompson and Deal were thanked for their efforts in partnering with NDOT in signing an agreement on Dec. 2 with the Navajo Nation to facilitate the construction of two road yards to improve the quality and safety of roads in northern Navajo County. These road yards - one in Dilkon and one in Pinon - are the first NDOT road yards to be constructed on the Navajo Reservation.
"We've been partnering with NDOT since their inception," said Assistant County Manager Dusty Parsons. "It's a real pleasure to see them progress and provide essential maintenance to roads on the Navajo Nation."
In attendance at the recognition ceremony were Navajo Nation Vice President Ben Shelly; NDOT Director Tom Platero and Program Manager Kendall Long; New Mexico Senator John Pinto; Leila Help-Tulley from the Speaker's Office; Council Delegate Larry Noble; and, representatives from the Transportation Community Development Committee (TCDC), BIA Regional Director Omar Bradley and many others.
"By recognizing and dealing with the problems associated with the road system today, we will prevent passing that on to our children to deal with in the future," Thompson said.