- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - Documents show three Hobbs officials recently rang up a nearly $8,000 bill to travel to Italy to evaluate a pool system for a planned health center.

Travel expenses obtained by the Hobbs News-Sun (https://goo.gl/L0ds4O) found that City Manager J.J. Murphy, parks and recreation director Doug McDaniel, and general services director Ronny Choate traveled to Italy in late January and early February to evaluate three swimming pools.

Myrtha Pools, which the city officials went to visit, has distribution centers in the United States. According to the company’s website, it has installed similar pools similar in Phoenix and Golden, Colorado.

Hobbs Mayor Sam Cobb says city officials wanted city staff to be familiar with the system and see pools in operation.

He says the trip was a fiscally responsible decision.



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Information from: Hobbs News-Sun, https://www.hobbsnews.com

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