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Committee to consider design proposal for inclusive park

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Even though it will be the week of Thanksgiving, the city of Roswell’s infrastructure committee will not have a light agenda.

The committee will consider design proposals for two projects, installation of new benches and hear a report on the smart water meters.

The committee will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in Meeting Room A of the Roswell Convention Center, 912 N. Main. Due to the public health order, members of the public who wish to participate are encouraged to do so electronically.

To participate through GoToMeeting by computer, tablet or smartphone, go to https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/929161493. By phone, call 571-317-3122 and use access code 929-161-493.

The meeting will also be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube channel.

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Committee members will consider recommendations to the full city council for approval of design services for two large proposed projects, an inclusive park and wastewater dewatering facility.

The city received a $1.4 million state capital outlay grant for the inclusive park and approved the general concept of that park along with additional ballfields at Cielo Grande Recreational Area and future development of the former municipal airport area in its October meeting.

The plans for the inclusive park, which will consist of features for children of different abilities, would build it adjacent to the Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center’s south parking lot.

The Albuquerque-based firm Bohannan Huston Inc. was selected for the design. BHI is one of six firms in a pool of vendors for on-call engineering services approved by the city council in July.

BHI’s proposal for the park’s design is $162,828, which will be paid from the capital outlay grant.

HDR Engineering, Albuquerque, was awarded a request for proposal in May for the design of the dewatering facility. The firm’s proposal for the design is for $412,400.

The dewatering facility would use screw presses to process wastewater sludge, a process that would increase drying time for the sludge by 80%. Its design and construction will be funded by a $5.5 million New Mexico Environment Department Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund.

That loan is the subject of a proposed resolution on the committee’s agenda to lower the interest rate. The original interest rate for the 20-year loan is 1.2%, but because the city has not yet drawn on the funds, it can request an amendment for a 0.5% interest rate, according to the agenda packet. The reduction could save the city $770,000.

The resolution calls for a public hearing. If the full council approves the resolution in December, the public hearing and vote would be in January.

The committee will also consider two proposals for the installation of benches made from recycled bottle caps. MainStreet Roswell partnered with local schools and the community to collect bottle caps. Ten benches will arrive on Dec. 7 for MainStreet Roswell, and Keep Roswell Beautiful received a $1,418 grant for two benches.

The Keep Roswell Beautiful benches are proposed for Cielo Grande near the bike path and will include signage. MainStreet Roswell will have 10 benches arriving Dec. 7 and has identified 15 locations downtown for those and any future purchases.

Yearout Energy will give an informational presentation to the committee on the smart water meters installed throughout the city between 2017 and 2019 to replace aging water meters. A new billing system for the smart meters caused issues with delayed bills or unexpected amounts for some customers.

Overall cost of the project was $19.9 million.

Also on the committee’s agenda is consideration of the purchase of a landfill compactor at $1.2 million and three pavement maintenance projects.

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

To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.