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Board allows ENMU-R to proceed with two projects

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Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell plans to move forward with two campus projects following approval of its board.

The Community College Board voted Tuesday to approve the administrator’s recommendations to proceed with design for sewer and sanitary line replacements and bathroom renovations and the awarding of a bid to replace the main electrical line that services the entire campus, according to Donna Oracion, college development director.

The actions had already been approved by the ENMU Board of Regents.

The bathroom renovations and sewer and sanitary line replacements affect five buildings: the Aviation Maintenance Technology Center, the Performing Arts Center, the Instructional Center, the Computer Services Center and the Physical Education Center.

Estimated to be a $3.3 million project, ENMU-R had asked for the New Mexico Higher Education Department to include it as one of the projects in the 2020 higher education general obligation bond issue, which requires legislative, gubernatorial and statewide taxpayer approval.

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But Shawn Powell, president of ENMU-R, informed CCB members that the Higher Education Department chose not to include that project, so current plans call for ENMU-R to pay for the lines and renovations out of its capital reserves.

He had previously told the board that the campus architects who developed the campus facilities master plan had identified the renovations and replacements as the No. 1 priority.

The second project is to replace the “electrical backbone” of the campus, and Norris & Son Electric Inc. of Clovis has received the contract.

Campus leaders said that the $1.2 million project, funded by state appropriations, is essential to ensuring that the campus has electrical power. The existing line was put in when the area still was the Walker Air Base.