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Area capital outlay projects approved


March 9, 2018

Several local institutions and municipalities will be beneficiaries of the capital outlay projects approved Wednesday by Gov. Susana Martinez.

The Legislature sends the projects to Martinez’s desk who then has the option to veto anything she disagrees with, though only one local proposal met such a fate.

One of the big winners was Curry county, which secured $713,400 for road improvements and $46,800 for a new heating system at the Curry County Public Health Office.

Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said he expects the majority of the road project work to be done in 2019, though it’s dependent on when the county receives the contracts allowing it to begin work. He said the county has a goal of installing the new heating equipment by the end of 2018.

The city of Clovis also received money for roads — $300,000 for road improvements to Seventh Street from Norris Street to Maple Street.

Clovis City Manager Justin Howalt said the city is looking to start construction on the project around the end of the summer or the beginning of the fall this year, with an estimated timeline of eight to 12 months, though that has yet to be determined.

Martinez also approved $72,650 in previously allocated capital outlay money to be reauthorized for improvements to the Lyceum Theater.

Howalt said the city hopes to begin that work within the next couple of months but will be dependent on approval from the state’s Historic Preservation Division.

The city’s request to have funds from Potter’s Park improvements to be reauthorized for the Lyceum Theater was vetoed by Martinez.

Eastern New Mexico University received $140,000 for a parking lot and $50,000 for sidewalks by Greyhound Stadium, with the work likely to begin around the middle of the summer, ENMU Vice President for Business Affairs Scott Smart said.

Martinez also approved projects in the amount of $8 million to ENMU for phase 1 of a new science hall and $1.5 million to Clovis Community College for roof and parking lot repairs, but funding for those projects comes from general obligation bonds that will be subject to voter approval.

The GO bonds will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Smart said the total funding for the science hall is $16 million and the remainder of the funding will be a part of 2020 capital outlay projects.

Scott said this year’s projects from GO bonds do not have a tax increase associated with them but the 2020 projects would, if voters approve.

If both phases are approved, Scott said work would begin in 2021.

CCC President Becky Rowley said if approved in November, the college would begin work on the roof and parking lot project right away.

Local capital outlay projects approved by Gov. Susanna Martinez on Wednesday:

Curry County

• City of Clovis, $300,000 to plan, design, and construct improvements to Seventh Street from Norris Street to Maple Street

• City of Clovis, $72,650 of reauthorized capital outlay funds for Lyceum Theater improvements

• * Clovis Community College, $1.5 million to plan, design, construct furnish and equip roof and parking lot replacement and repairs campuswide

• Clovis Enterprise Center, $60,000 to plan, design, equip, remodel, furnish and improve the enterprise center, including parking lot, alleys, the solar energy system, the power backup system, electrical systems, landscaping and lighting

• Curry County, $713,400 to plan, design, and construct improvements to county roads 4, 12, 20 and E

• Curry County Public Health Office, $46,800 to purchase, install and replace heating, ventilation and air conditioning units

• * La Casa de Buena Salud senior center, $157,028 for improvements to the facility to address code compliance issues and for the purchase and installation of equipment and building systems

• * La Case de Buena Salud senior center, $55,650 to purchase and equip vehicles

• Melrose Municipal Schools, $40,000 to purchase and equip an activity bus

• Village of Melrose, $45,000 to purchase and equip a sanitation and compactor truck

De Baca County

• De Baca County Courthouse, $130,000 to plan, design, construct and equip electrical improvements

• Fort Sumner senior center, $70,000 to plan, design, construct, equip and furnish improvements, including accessible sidewalks, a parking lot, lighting, a covered entry and landscaping

Roosevelt County

• * Eastern New Mexico University, $8 million to plan, design, construct, furnish and equip phase 1 of renovations at science hall

• Eastern New Mexico University, $140,000 to plan, design and construct a parking lot by Greyhound Stadium

• Eastern New Mexico University, $50,000 to plan, design and construct sidewalks, including lighting, by Greyhound Stadium

• Floyd Municipal Schools, $50,000 to purchase an activity bus

• Roosevelt General Hospital, $150,000 to purchase and install surgical operating suite equipment and other equipment

• * La Case de Buena Salud Los Abuelitos senior center, $55,650 to purchase and equip vehicles

Curry and Roosevelt counties

• 9th Judicial District Court, $25,000 for operating expenses and may request additional budget increases up to $25,000 for operating expenses

* — Subject to voter approval during the Nov. 6 election


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