County Spotlight Commissioner Lonnie C. Talbert along with State Representative William Rehm and Fire Division Chief Brian Kadle on June 21 cut the ribbon on the new access road to Paseo del Norte that will provide a significant reduction in travel time for fire personnel who respond to fires and other emergencies. The new road and gate access allows firefighters to get to a fire or medical emergency 44 seconds faster for westbound calls and 21 seconds faster for eastbound calls. Previously, fire engines had to travel a little out of the way to get to Paseo del Norte. The new jail administrator for the Metropolitan Detention Center has been announced by Bernalillo County as Michael A. Watkins. The Metropolitan Detention Center jail administrator is a position tasked with overseeing the day-to-day operation and security of the jail, along with managing the 586 employees of the MDC. Appointments have been made for four behavioral health committees, charged with recommending the direction of the Behavioral Health Initiative, and the spending of the $17 million gross receipts tax for mental health services.Bernalillo County’s 2016 Summer Lunch Program gets under way June 1 at 51 locations throughout the county, offering free healthy meals to children and teens at churches, parks, community centers, apartment complexes and other locations. Vista Grande Community Center in the East Mountains has been added as a new location this year. Bernalillo County will provide nearly 150,000 meals this year. No registration is required for the program, which runs from June 1 to Aug. 5. The county’s Public Works Division is undertaking a construction project that will result in a four-month relocation of the county Assessor’s Office. The Assessor’s Office will open a temporary customer service center in Downtown Albuquerque at 415 Tijeras Ave. NW on Tuesday, May 3. The temporary office is directly east, across Fifth Street, from the permanent location.