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Construction firm receives permit for asphalt materials site


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A New Mexico construction company will set up an asphalt materials site in Chaves County near a southwest portion of the Roswell Relief Route.

Mountain States Constructors Inc., based out of Albuquerque, received approval Tuesday night from the Roswell-Chaves County Extraterritorial Zoning Commission to open a temporary aggregate crushing and asphalt hot mix site, which Chaves County Planning Director Marlin Johnson said was across the road from the city of Roswell landfill and near a similar site run by a different company.

While the temporary special use permit is for three years, a company representative said the site probably will be open only a few months.

“Our intent is to be in and out of here by the early part of summer,” said Neil Jackson of Mountain States. He said the company has been working with the New Mexico Department of Transportation since 1980 under its current name.

Jackson told commissioners that the company has received a mill-and-pave contract from the state to work on a South Main Street project and will operate the site to have materials for that project.

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“Aggregates have become a little hard to come by in this neck of the woods,” he said. “We have a done a lot of work in the area over the years and we keep running out of rocks.”

The permit application received no opposition from owners of nearby properties or from county departments or agencies, Johnson said.

He noted that the county Planning and Zoning Department recommended approval with several conditions to make sure that the site does not significantly impact neighbors or the general public. The commission voted 4-0 to approve the permit.

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