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Infrastructure committee to continue road project talks

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The city of Roswell Infrastructure Committee will continue discussion of a process to prioritize road projects when it meets on Monday.

City Councilor Jacob Roebuck, chair of the Infrastructure Committee, initiated that discussion last month as a method of helping the public understand why and how the city chooses which road projects to fund.

That discussion will continue at Monday’s meeting, which starts at 4 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Roswell Convention & Civic Center, 912 N. Main St.

Due to the state’s health orders, the public is encouraged to attend electronically. From a computer, tablet or smartphone, the meeting can be joined at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/160590221. It can also be joined by phone by calling 224-501-3412 and using access code 160-590-221.

Also on the agenda as non-action items are project updates and department reports. The committee will also discuss potential projects at the Roswell Air Center to share with Chaves County.

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The county received $5 million in the 2020 legislative session to develop utilities and infrastructure for the airfield. City Manager Joe Neeb is seeking input from the Infrastructure Committee on projects that should be considered as he meets with County Manager Stan Riggs on the funding.

The committee will also hear a presentation on potential projects for the old municipal airport. Bill Morris, community development director, has given the presentation at three other committee meetings since August and will present it to the Legal Committee on Oct. 1 and the full City Council Oct. 8.

The master plan for the area — which encompasses 640 acres bounded by Sycamore Avenue and Montana Avenue on the west and east and 19th Street and Eighth Street north and south — includes mixed-use development of residential and commercial development.

Morris’ presentation will focus on the development of additional ballfields for Cielo Grande Recreation Area and an all-inclusive park.

The committee will also consider setting its 2021 meeting dates. The committee usually meets on the fourth Monday of each month.

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