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Infrastructure committee recommends North Main paving


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A portion of North Main Street will undergo pavement maintenance next year along with other streets if the Roswell City Council approves the projects in December.

The city’s Infrastructure Committee voted to recommend the three projects and move them to the consent agenda for the full City Council’s Dec. 10 meeting.

The North Main Street project would put a Nova Chip overlay on the road between College Boulevard and Country Club Road. Similar projects were completed earlier this year on South Main and Southeast Main streets.

“You’ve all driven North Main between College and Country Club where all the drainage of water that builds up is tearing it up,” City Engineer Louis Najar said.

The $629,739 project is recommended to Brasier Asphalt Inc., Albuquerque, and if approved by the full council, would be scheduled in March. The project is partially funded by a cooperative agreement with New Mexico Department of Transportation at $161,582.

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The scope of the project has been scaled back from its original proposal, which would have micro-surfaced North Main Street from Alameda to McGaffey streets as well as from College Boulevard to Country Club Road. The city’s fiscal year 2021 budget reduced the amount planned for street work from about $4 million to $1.8 million, City Engineer Louis Najar said at Monday’s committee meeting.

Those budget cuts have put some projects on hold, including a reconstruction of North Atkinson Street from Second to Cherry streets. The funds for that project would be reallocated to the North Main Street project.

Pavement projects on McGaffey Street, Sunset, North Garden and South Washington avenues are also among those that have been put on hold due to the budget, according to the projects list in the committee’s agenda packet. Those will be submitted for the fiscal 2022 city budget.

With the reduction of the scope of the Main Street project, Najar said he is recommending the Nova Chip rather than microsurfacing.

“It’s a very good product, but a little pricey,” he said.

Nova Chip is a paving process that uses a spray application of a modified asphalt emulsion followed by a thin hot asphalt mix and are completed with one machine and then compacted. The process allows traffic back on the streets more quickly than other paving methods.

The other street projects the committee approved for the full council’s consent agenda are for hot-in-place asphalt recycling and microsurfacing on Poe Street, North and South Union avenues, South Garden Avenue, East Mescalero Road and West 19th Street. The asphalt recycling is recommended to Dustrol Inc., Pueblo, Colorado, for $699,706 and the microsurfacing to IPR Ltd, Albuquerque, for $478,320.

The roads discussion led Committee Chairman Jacob Roebuck to ask Najar what the city can do for properties that habitually overwater grass so that the water flows into the streets.

Najar said city staff can talk to the property owners, or Code Enforcement can be notified.

“We do have an ordinance that says you’re not supposed to water the streets. Every time I go through puddles, as city engineer, I know it’s just growing potholes,” Najar said.

Overwatering can also wash out striping on crosswalks, he said.

In other business, the committee also recommended approval of purchase of a new Caterpillar 836K to use as a compactor at the landfill.

Transit Director Becky Hicks, who also oversees the city’s vehicle fleets, said the landfill has two compactors, one light duty and one heavy duty. The heavy-duty compactor has broken down and repairs would cost $35,000.

“The problem is we have been putting a lot of money into that unit,” she said.

It is scheduled to be replaced next year.

The light-duty compactor is being used, Hicks said, but it does not compact at the same rate as the larger model, so the landfill unit is filling up faster than if the heavy-duty unit were used.

The purchase price of a replacement is quoted at $1.2 million from Wagner Cat, Albuquerque. The proposal will go to the Finance Committee to obtain funding. The money will possibly come from the Solid Waste Department budget or possibly a loan, Hicks said.

The Infrastructure Committee also voted to recommend to the full council awarding design services for an inclusive park in Cielo Grande Recreation Area to Bohannan Huston Inc, Albuquerque for $162,828 and design services for a wastewater dewatering facility to HDR Engineering, Albuquerque, for $412,400. Both of those items are scheduled for the council’s consent agenda.

The design for the inclusive park will be paid from a $1.4 million state capital outlay grant. The design for the dewatering facility will be paid from a $5.5 million New Mexico Environment Department Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund.

Because the city has not yet drawn on the clean water fund, it can request a reduction of the interest rate from 1.2% to 0.5%. The committee voted to recommend an ordinance making that request be scheduled for a public hearing.

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

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