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City Council to choose top 5 projects

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The Roswell City Council will conduct a special meeting on Sept. 3 to determine the city’s top five projects to submit to the Legislature for possible capital outlay allocations.

Resolution 20-50 was on the agenda for a vote at Thursday’s meeting, but the council voted unanimously for the special meeting at the recommendation of city staff including City Manager Joe Neeb and Juan Fuentes, administrative services director.

The meeting will be at 5 p.m. Sept. 3. The resolution must be approved by Sept. 18.

“You would have the opportunity to visit with staff and constituents and identify the priorities that you think we need to pursue,” Mayor Dennis Kintigh said. “This is a big bite. I think it’s more than we can do tonight.”

Each city department submitted its top request for capital projects — 54 in all totaling $37 million, Fuentes said.

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Among the projects and requests the council will sort through to determine its top five are:

• Expansion of the terminal at the Roswell Air Center, $35 million.

• Paving of East McGaffey Street from Wyoming Avenue to Union Avenue, $750,000.

• Construction of Cell No. 5 at the landfill, $3.5 million.

• Roswell Public Library roof repair, $170,000; improving draining and leveling the sidewalk at the library entrance, $257,000; and the city’s share of repairs from the library water line break, $108,000.

• Construction of two new quad fields at Cielo Grande Sports Complex, $13 million.

• New maintenance building and pro shop at Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River, $1.1 million.

• Geotracking and cameras on transit buses, $110,000.

• Renovation of the police station, $400,000.

• Consolidated dispatch, $420,000.

• Expansion of the Visitors Center, $800,000 and new signage, $120,000.

The City Council also took the following action at Thursday’s meeting:

• Upheld the denial of a variance request for a garage extension in the 1500 block of South Lea Avenue. The council heard from Bill Morris, community development director, and property owner Greg Etter.

• Approved a resolution amending sections of the city code relating to solid waste collection and disposal. The resolution removed all fees for solid waste collection from the city code, clarified the definition of solid waste and emphasized the city’s jurisdiction to collect solid waste while reserving the power to grant franchises for collection. The vote was  9-1 with Oropesa opposed. The council then approved a resolution containing the solid waste fees, 8-2 with Oropesa and Peterson opposed.

• Awarded a $279,538 contract to Holloway Construction for repairs related to the June 11 water line break at the library. The vote was 10-0.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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