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Committee to consider Cielo Grande master plan

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Construction has begun on a $450,000 splash pad at Carpenter Park. About $315,000 of the project is paid for through a legislative grant, with the city’s share just under $4,000. The city’s Infrastructure Committee will hear an update on the project Monday. (Juno Ogle Photo)

As the city considers further development of the Cielo Grande Recreation Area, the city engineer would first like to see a master plan developed and will take the first step toward that next week.

The City of Roswell Infrastructure Committee on Monday will consider recommending to the full Roswell City Council awarding professional services for a survey and master plan development to Bohannan Huston Inc., Albuquerque, in the amount of $526,795.

The committee will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in Meeting Room A of the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, 912 N. Main. Bids for another bridge replacement and project updates are also on the agenda.

The public is encouraged to participate electronically through virtual meeting platform GoToMeeting. From a computer, tablet or smartphone the meeting can be accessed at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/929161493, or by calling 571-317-3122 and using access code 929-161-493.

The master plan development project would be reimbursed through the $850,000 legislative grant the city received to plan and construct baseball fields at Cielo Grande, according to information in the committee’s agenda packet. At its Oct. 8 meeting, the City Council approved the general concept of the addition of two quads of four baseball fields each along with an access road and construction of an accessible playground to be located south of the Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center.

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City Engineer Louis Najar said up to now, development at Cielo Grande — which includes soccer fields, the Recreation and Aquatic Center and walking trails, located on what was the original municipal airport — has been “hodgepodge.”

“There has been no plan, but there has to come a point where you’ve got to decide where the road’s going to go, where’s the parking going to go. You’ve got to get utilities in,” he said Monday.

“We’ve got the concept. Now we’ve got to know how we’re going to build it,” he said.

The city has formed a plan for long-term development of the recreation area bordered by College Boulevard on the north, Eighth Street to the south, Sycamore Avenue to the west and Montana Avenue to the east, as well as the portion of the old municipal airport property north of College Boulevard to 19th Street.

The proposal from BHI includes a topographic survey of the 370 acres south of College Boulevard and a drainage management plan. The overall master plan will include roads, parking and access points, traffic flow and expansion of infrastructure such as gas, electricity, water and sewer.

“If we’re going to do something, let’s do it right. I would like to have something that not only this (city) council but the 2022 council, the 2024 council and councils to come can appreciate it and understand what went into this,” he said.

The committee will consider recommending a bid for reconstruction of the bridge near the intersection of South Lea Avenue and West Deming Street to Abraham’s Construction, Albuquerque, for $1.1 million. The project is funded by an $800,000 legislative grant and will include an upgrade of the intersection. Abraham’s Construction was the contractor for the North Garden Avenue reconstruction.

Two other companies submitted bids. Desert Fox, Peralta, bid $1.5 million, and Constructors Inc., Carlsbad, bid $1.4 million.

Consideration of a request for a proposal to create a pool of contractors for facilities maintenance will also be considered.

Project updates that will be presented at the committee will include the Carpenter Park Splash pad. The city council in May approved improvements at the park that also included new playground equipment and lighting. The improvements are funded by a legislative grant of $314,907.

Construction of the splash pad started in November but was halted in early December as the construction and plumbing crews were required to go into quarantine for COVID-19, according to information in the agenda packet.

Other projects in the update include McBride’s Veterans Cemetery, the Spring River Zoo mountain lion exhibit and restroom construction at the Roswell Public Library.

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