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ENMU-R plans to request $3.3 million for 2020 bonds

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Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell is making plans for its 2020 general obligation bond request, President Shawn Powell told board members Wednesday. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Top administrators for Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell are planning their request for the 2020 general obligation bonds, which will require legislative and statewide voter approval.

The New Mexico Higher Education Department is scheduled to hold its capital outlay hearing on the ENMU-R campus July 24 so that public colleges and universities can preview their expected bond needs.

ENMU-R has indicated that it plans to ask for $3.3 million to replace deteriorating sanitary and sewer piping and to renovate restrooms in five structures: the Aviation Maintenance Technology Building, the Performing Arts Center, the Instructional Center, the College Services Center and the Physical Education Center.

The ENMU-R Branch Community College Board of Directors voted Wednesday afternoon to approve the request. The ENMU Board of Regents will consider the matter at a July meeting.

ENMU-R President Shawn Powell said that the project was chosen based on priorities identified by ASA Architects and discussions with ENMU-R leaders.

ASA is developing a campus facilities master plan and is categorizing campus capital needs as either high priority, necessary or short-term improvements.

“The project we are looking at as far as moving forward on the GO bond is on the high priority (list),” Powell said.

The draft high priority list includes six other projects that are estimated to require significantly less funding. Powell indicated that the facilities master plan is expected to be published in August.