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Southeast NM counties, cities receive millions in federal grants

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The City of Roswell and Chaves County were only two of the region’s governmental entities to receive federal Community Development Block Grant Award announced this week.

All told, eight governmental entities that belong to the Southeast New Mexico Economic Development District / Council of Governments (District 6) applied for grants, and all were funded, receiving $4.68 million, according to Dora Batista, the executive director of the organization that coordinates the grant applications.

CDBG funds, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, are awarded to county, municipalities and other governmental bodies and are meant to help communities with housing, infrastructure and community building improvements.

Besides Roswell and Chaves County, the other District 6 recipients were three that received funding for senior center improvements, two that were awarded grants for water system improvements and one given funding for street and drainage improvements.

For the senior center improvements, $500,000 was given to the City of Carlsbad to renovate a building for the San Jose Senior Center, $623,960 went to the Village of Cloudcroft to repair and create an extension for the Sacramento Mountains Senior Center, and $513,747 was awarded to Lincoln County to construct a new building for the Hondo Senior Center. The water system improvement projects involved a $571,323 grant for the Village of Corona to move a transmission line and update its meter system and $744,305 for the Town of Tatum to install new water lines, install and replace fire hydrants and install new meters and related software. The Village of Hope received $741,691 for planning, design and construction of streets and storm drainage infrastructure.

As previously reported, the City of Roswell was awarded $749,894 to repair the roof, make electrical and lighting upgrades and do other needed work to the Poe Corn Center on South Garden Avenue, which is used by the Boys & Girls Club. Chaves County received $238,527, which it will use along with state appropriations, to construct an elevator at the Chaves County Courthouse on North Main Street.