Updates given on Del Norte talks, rec center, ‘Un-Tana’ project
The City of Roswell’s Infrastructure Committee discussed updates on various infrastructure projects on Monday — including demolition of the Yucca Recreation Center.
City Manager Joe Neeb said negotiations occurred with an individual who wanted to use a portion of the Yucca for an indoor tennis court but nothing was finalized. Neeb said once bids came in, these negotiations faltered and he recommended the building be demolished.
City Engineer Louis Najar said he agreed with Neeb’s recommendation, and the city will proceed with demolition since the demolition prices are now optimally low.
On Aug. 9, the full city council’s vote to demolish the center was 8-2, with Councilors George Peterson and Angela Moore casting dissenting votes.
Bill Morris, community development director, said the city met with six demolition contractors for a walkthrough and each individual was given a detailed assessment of what the city wanted to be done in the demolition.
Morris said the city will begin setting up pre-construction meetings with winning bidders. He also said the playground equipment will be taken out first and the demolition will take place after the contractor receives a permit from the state, around two weeks from now.
Najar said he understood the current playground equipment would be installed at El Capitan Park after being stored temporarily by the Parks and Recreation Department.
Morris said everything above the grade — such as trees and pavement — will remain until the decision is made on what to do with the property. Najar said the parking lot was still in good condition and the trees close to the building may have to come down because of the demolition.
The city received four quotes each for the demolition and relocation of the playground, according to the agenda packet. The bidders were Waide Construction Company, GWC Construction, J.E.M Construction, and Custom Construction & Roofing LLC.
The lowest quote for demolition was from Custom Construction & Roofing LLC, based in Roswell, at $91,043.66. For the playground location, the lowest was quote was $10,567.66 from GWC Construction Inc. from Lovington.
Neeb said the contractor for the demolition will have salvage rights to the tin ceiling and other materials of interest in the Yucca Center.
In other action, the committee voted to approve an action item sending discussion of “Del Norte Elementary School and park considerations” to full council next month.
Neeb said he and Superintendent Dr. Ann Lynn McIlroy will be meeting next week to further the city and school district’s conversation about the school’s construction.
It was also announced that this upcoming Sunday, Najar and Morris will be at the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) hearings in Albuquerque.
Najar said the Union and Montana “Un-tana” project is expected to be completed in October of this year — a full year since it began. Najar said that “everything that could go wrong did” and he apologized for the delays.
Updating the committee on the Roswell Recreation & Aquatic Center, Kevin Dillon (project and facilities director) said the plan is to have the recreation portion open for basketball in January and to have the grand opening near Memorial Day. Mayor Dennis Kintigh and some of the committee voiced concerns over the date potentially conflicting with Hike It & Spike It (HISI). Kintigh suggested opening in phases what is ready prior to HISI.
City/RISD reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.