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County projects receive $1.77 million in federal funds

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Hagerman Mayor Cliff Waide accepts the ceremonial check for his city's 2017 Community Development Block Grant, awarded Sept. 13 in Albuquerque. With him, from left, are Stephanie Schardin Clarke, deputy cabinet secretary of Department of Finance and Administration and chair of the New Mexico Community Development Council; Jolene Slowen, deputy director of the Local Government Division of the DFA; and Lisa Hardison, District Six representative on the New Mexico Community Development Council. (Submitted photo)

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Three Chaves County projects have been awarded $1.77 million in federal Community Development Block Grant funding administered by the state.

The town of Hagerman was given the largest award of the three, $746,72, according to information provided by Dora Batista, executive director of the Southeast New Mexico Economic Development District / Council of Governments.

Dexter was given $346,534, while the town of Lake Arthur was awarded $673,775.

“Our district submitted eight applications and had six funded for a total of $3,871,930,” said Batista. “Our district received 36 percent of the funds available. We are very happy about that.”

The New Mexico Development Council announced funding decisions Sept. 13 in Albuquerque, Batista said. The Development Council consists of several state agencies as well as representatives from each of the seven economic districts in New Mexico.

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Hagerman’s project involves repairing or replacing its aging wastewater treatment plant. The town of Dexter will rehabilitate and improve cracking and deteriorating streets, create additional sidewalks for use by school children and pedestrians, and make streets compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

The town of Lake Arthur will use its funding to continue work on its sewer system. Prior to 2010, the entire town was on septic tanks and cesspools. During the past years, it has been working to build a wastewater plant, install sewer lines and hook up buildings and homes to the lines. The new funding will extend sewer lines and connect an additional 30 homes to the system.

Funding also was awarded to three other towns in District 6, which includes the counties of Chaves, Eddy, Lea, Otero and Lincoln. In Lincoln County, Ruidoso Downs received $750,000 for a street and drainage project, and Carrizozo was awarded $714,136 for a project involving water systems, drainage and street improvements. Tularosa in Otero County received $640,764 for a water project.

This year the state made 17 CDBG awards for a total of $10,767,745, not counting funding set aside for planning grants or economic development projects, Batista said.

She added that Chaves County was not eligible for another grant this year because it has an ongoing CDGB project, the new building addition for the Tobosa Developmental Services center on East Summit Street. The city of Roswell is determining whether it will have an eligible project in a future year.

The Community Development Block Grant program is funded by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development to provide financial assistance to cities or organizations seeking to build or improve projects benefiting lower- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Most grants require about 5 percent to 10 percent in matching funds supplied by the applicant.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.