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Three Chaves County towns apply for $1.8 million in project grant funding


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Three towns in Chaves County have requested a total of $1.85 million in state-managed federal funding this year for infrastructure projects.

The Southeastern New Mexico Economic Development District and Council of Governments has submitted eight applications on behalf of government entities in the southeastern part of the state.
Those eight applications seek $5.13 million in state grant funds received from U.S. Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grants this year, according to Executive Director Dora Batista.
“I think that is a record,” Batista said about the number of applications filed by the district. “Overall the state received 27, with two deemed ineligible. … That left 25 … Our eight applications have made it through so far, and that represents about 32 percent of the state total, so we are happy about that.”
The Chaves County applications include a $433,665 request from the town of Dexter to repair streets and add sidewalks, a $746,721 application from Hagerman to clean out lagoons and upgrade equipment at its wastewater treatment plant, and a $673,775 request from Lake Arthur to install additional sewer lines in its efforts to connect the entire town to the sewer system.

An Aug. 28 meeting is scheduled for state officials to listen to presentations about applications, with allocations expected about Sept. 11, Batista said.
Other southeastern government entities submitting requests include Carrizozo, Hope, Ruidoso Downs, Tularosa and Lincoln County.
The CDBG funds up to $750,000 for construction projects or $50,000 for planning purposes. Eligible applications must meet one of three criteria. Projects must benefit primarily low- to moderate-income populations, prevent slum or blight conditions, or be used for urgently needed projects. Most projects require some matching funds from applicants.
New Mexico typically receives about $16 million in CDBG funds each year, according to press reports, although some of that money is earmarked for certain cities receiving direct grants and for certain purposes.


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