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County gets state and federal money for court house elevator

From left, Chaves County Commissioners Jeff Bilberry, James Duffey, T. Calder Ezzell, Will Calvin, Robert Corn and County Manager Stanton Riggs. (Alex Ross Photo)

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Chaves County has received the money needed to install a handicapped elevator at the county courthouse — with part coming from the state and the other part from a federal grant.

The Chaves County Commissioners voted unanimously at their Thursday meeting to approve an agreement where the county will receive $246,800 in capital outlay funds to plan, design, purchase, install and equip an elevator in the country courthouse located at 400 N. Virginia Ave.

The proposed elevator was one of three projects set to receive capital outlay funds that the commissioners approved in a joint motion Thursday.

Bill Williams, public service administrator for the county, said at the meeting that he learned Wednesday the county will get $238,528 in federal Community Development Block Grant Funding (CDBG) for the elevator. The Community Development Block Grant Program program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The money from the two sources gives the county a total of $485,328 for the elevator project.

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County Manager Stanton Riggs said after the meeting that an architect estimated the elevator would ultimately cost about $450,000, and with the money from both sources, there is enough to install the elevator.

“So we think we are going to be OK,” Riggs said.

He said it is not known when construction will begin.

“We have a preliminary design already but we are going to have to go in and hone that design and go out to bid,” Riggs said.

Installation of the elevator is one of five top county projects for the county’s five-year capital improvement plan for 2020 to 2024.

Another item in the capital improvement plan also received outlay funds approved by the commissioners: $220,000 to acquire land for as well as plan, design, purchase, construct, install and equip a digital trunk radio system in Chaves County.

The county also received $100,000 in capital outlay funds to buy and equip handicap accessible vans for the southeastern New Mexico Veteran’s Transportation Network.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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