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Water district plans for new offices, shop

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The Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District on East Second Street is planning for future growth. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

A regional water district based in Roswell plans to build new office and shop facilities on its property on East Second Street.

The board of directors of the Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District voted Tuesday to approve the construction of a new office and shop, either as expansions to or replacement of the current facilities at 2303 E. Second St. The district owns vacant land next to the offices.

“(The attorney for the district) and I will put together a proposal for an RFP,” said Aron Balock, district superintendent, referring to the Requests for Proposals that public entities must release to seek bidders for large projects.

The directors also approved tying the district property into city of Roswell water lines. Balock said that deal had been offered by the city as it began working nearby on another property. Right now the district is a customer of Berrendo Cooperative Water Users Association.

Balok said that no details are available yet, calling the plans just an “idea” at this point. He said the current shop and offices are growing older and are also too small for future needs for the district.

“For the long-range planning for the district, we are thinking about growing the office,” he said. “Right now our facilities are aging, so that really seemed to be appropriate to start thinking about building new facilities.”

He said the district employs nine people now and wants to expand staff in the coming years.

He added that discussions first began with talk about expanding the shop behind the offices, but that the district realized it made sense to think about new administrative offices as well.

He and others had looked at some existing vacant facilities in Roswell, but board members agreed that it made more sense to build new facilities than spend money on renovating other buildings.

The district was established by court order in 1932 to preserve the waters in the Roswell-Artesian water basin located in Chaves and Eddy counties.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.