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Chaves County capital outlay projects receive about $9.1 million from state

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State legislators and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham have funded about $9.1 million for 26 capital projects and equipment purchases for Chaves County, local schools and colleges, and municipal governments in the area.

Grisham signed the $517.74 million capital outlay bill Friday, without vetoing any of the Chaves County projects. The total amount allocated for the area by House Bill 285 was $9,083,000.

The funding had been approved by the House and Senate without any opposing votes. The House voted for the measure on March 16 by a 70-0 vote. The Senate passed it 34-0 on March 19.

While the capital outlay legislation as a whole uses several funding mechanisms, including general fund monies and other state funds, all Chaves County projects are slated to be funded by severance tax bonds.

Severance tax bonds are repaid by taxes on oil and gas, mining and other extraction activities in New Mexico that “sever” natural resources from the state.

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This year, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell and the city of Roswell received the largest amounts. ENMU-Roswell has been given more than $2.8 million for six projects and equipment purchases, while the city has been approved for more than $2.1 million for five projects and equipment acquisitions.

Public and higher 

education projects

Lake Arthur Municipal Schools has received $375,000 for three projects: $200,000 for perimeter fencing, electronic gates and other campus security measures; $100,000 to upgrade cooling systems and to construct a safety corridor from the cafeteria to other school buildings; and $75,000 for security cameras and other security equipment.

Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell has received $2,845,000 for six projects and equipment requests. They include $2,475,000 to upgrade restrooms and improve sewer lines; $135,000 to install a fiber optic backbone for the campus; $125,000 to purchase 3G simulator manikins for health science programs; $65,000 to buy and install equipment for the automotive trades program; $25,000 to purchase and install metal shears for the welding program; and $20,000 for laboratory equipment for science programs.

New Mexico Military Institute will receive $825,000 for infrastructure projects, including sewer improvements, intended to enhance safety and health on campus.

Chaves County

The county has received funding for three projects totaling $1,150,000: $600,000 to replace and repair historic windows at the Chaves County Courthouse; $350,000 for improvements to the Chaves County Administrative Center to prepare for the relocation of the Pecos Valley Regional Communication Center to a new space in the building; and $200,000 to continue work on a public exercise and walking trail to the south of the Administrative Center.

In addition, HB 296, the capital outlay reauthorization bill, allows the county to use any remaining funds from a 2019 capital outlay award for Hobson Road to continue work on the portion of the road that runs from U.S. Highway 285 to Menominee Road.

Municipalities

The city of Roswell was approved for five funding awards totaling $2,132,000. They include $889,000 to build a new bridge between East College Boulevard and East Cherry Street on North Garden Avenue; $400,000 to create a new park on South Virginia Avenue; $350,000 to renovate and improve buildings for the Roswell Police Department; $340,000 for improvements to the Roswell Museum and Art Center; and $153,000 to purchase new police vehicles.

The town of Dexter has received $736,500 for two projects: $396,500 for improvements to Lake Van Road and $340,000 to purchase and install emergency generators for water and wastewater systems.

The town of Hagerman was provided three funding awards of $380,000: $200,000 for improvement to Aberdeen Street, $95,000 for a backhoe and $85,000 for a tractor.

The town of Lake Arthur has been funded for three projects totaling $639,500. It received $439,500 for water system improvements, $150,000 for sewer systems and lagoons, and $50,000 for a public works department vehicle.

Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.