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Meetings Watch: Eastern New Mexico Utility Water Authority

Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority met Thursday in Texico. Some highlights from the meeting:

• Discussion of a possible trip to Washington D.C. after the Nov. 4 general election. Chairperson Gayla Brumfield said the plan is to lobby the area’s Congressional delegation for continued funding of the Ute Water Project.

• An announcement the Bureau of Reclamation has awarded the authority another $300,000 toward construction to complete the Ute intake and pipeline. The intake is scheduled for completion in December, Brumfield said, adding the latest federal cash brings the total to $2.7 million this year.

• Authority consultant Joe Thompson reported there is talk of restructuring the state Water Trust Board sometime next year. The board is one of the authority’s funding sources.

• Brumfield reported the authority’s quest for an executive director remains open. One candidate has been interviewed and another is scheduled for an interview Oct. 30. Brumfield said she is not a candidate for the job and the authority will continue advertising the $80,000 to $100,000 position until the job is filled.

— Compiled by projects editor Robin Fornoff