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Committee OKs Cielo Grande master plan, Lea bridge contract

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The city of Roswell Infrastructure Committee voted to move three items to the full Roswell City Council and heard updates on projects in a meeting that lasted just under 15 minutes Monday.

Moving forward to the full council’s Jan. 14 consent agenda are a request for proposals for general construction services, a contract for reconstructing the bridge at South Lea Avenue and West Deming Street, and a contract for a master plan for Cielo Grande Recreation Area.

Consent agenda items, which include minutes from the previous meeting as well as other items that are considered not to need further discussion, are considered by the council in one vote. Any council member may request a consent agenda item to be placed on the council’s regular agenda.

The first two items passed by votes of 3-0, while the Cielo Grande contract passed 2-1, with Councilors Margaret Kennard and Savino Sanchez voting in favor and Councilor George Peterson voting against. Councilor Jacob Roebuck, the committee chair, was absent. Vice-Chair Kennard conducted the meeting.

Peterson, who represents Ward 4 in the southeast part of Roswell, has previously spoken against locating new baseball fields and an inclusive park at Cielo Grande on West College Boulevard. He and Ward 1 Councilor Juan Oropesa voted against the conceptual plan for those projects at the October City Council meeting. At that meeting, he suggested a field adjacent to the Lions-Hondo Little League ballfields on Sunset Avenue or Loveless Park on North Atkinson Avenue as alternatives.

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“I’m going to make the motion but I don’t like the idea of putting everything in Cielo Grande,” he said at Monday’s meeting.

The conceptual plan that was approved would construct eight baseball fields in two quads near the amphitheater area of Cielo Grande and an inclusive park with features for children of different abilities adjacent to the south parking lot of the Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center. A new road would be constructed for access to both.

The master plan would lay out details of the area including access, parking, drainage and utilities.

The city received two state capital outlay grants in 2019 for the projects — $850,000 for the development of the baseball fields and $1.4 million for the inclusive park. The $527,000 master plan, which would include a topographic survey of 370 acres of the former municipal airport south of College Boulevard, would be paid for from the baseball field grant.

The recommendation for the award is to Bohannan Huston Inc., Albuquerque, which is already designing the inclusive park.

“That’s going to be good that we’re going to have the inclusive park and the study for the baseball (fields) by the same engineering company. They tie in together and it just makes for a smoother progression,” City Engineer Louis Najar said.

The committee voted with little discussion to recommend awarding reconstruction of the Lea/Deming bridge to Abraham’s Construction, Albuquerque, which had the low bid at $1.1 million. Desert Fox Paving, Peralta, bid $1.4 million, and Constructors Inc., Carlsbad, bid $1.3 million.

Abraham’s Construction was the contractor for the North Garden Avenue bridge that was finished in October. That $1.1 million project, started in February, was delayed several months by the pandemic and issues such as a water line repair and manhole reconstruction.

Intersections around South Lea Avenue and West Deming Street were closed Monday so city crews could begin water line replacements prior to the bridge work. That work will continue possibly through February, according to a city press release. A start date for the bridge reconstruction has not been announced, but it is expected to be completed at the end of 2021.

The committee also voted with little discussion to recommend approval of an RFP that would create a pool of contractors for general construction in the city. The city has created similar pools for roofing projects and engineering services.

Najar also updated the committee on two projects. Water valve replacement at West Third Street and Wyoming Avenue was finished on Dec. 23. Crews will now move on to Poe and Main streets. The city is also grading a lot at the old National Guard site on West Second Street where the Roswell Police Department will park impounded vehicles.

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

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