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City Council committee to discuss water rights study

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The Roswell City Council’s Infrastructure Committee will consider recommending the city initiate an analysis of its water rights when it meets Monday afternoon.

Committee members will also consider resolutions concerning sidewalk and road repair as well as a state call for road projects.

The meeting will be at 4 p.m. Monday in Meeting Room A of the Roswell Convention Center, 912 N. Main St.

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.

Councilor Jacob Roebuck, who is also committee chairman, initiated the request for discussion of a water security report, according to information in the agenda packet.

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The discussion will include what threats or potential threats does the city have to its current water system and water rights, according to comments from Roebuck in the agenda packet.

City staff’s recommendation is to procure an outside contractor for the study. Funding for any study would come from the Water Department enterprise fund.

Roebuck will also introduce separate resolutions for the committee’s consideration on sidewalk and street repair.

Each resolution would direct the city manager at least once a year to submit a prioritized list of repairs for sidewalks “deemed to be in the interest of the city of Roswell as a whole” and for city streets. The resolutions would also require a capital allocation each year for ongoing repairs of each.

The sidewalk resolution would not, however, change city code that specifies sidewalks are the responsibility of property owners.

The committee will also consider a resolution answering a call for projects from the New Mexico Department of Transportation using funds allocated by the Legislature in its session this year.

The projects would require at least a 5% match in funds and will not be selected by NMDOT until the fall.

The projects recommended in the resolution are:

• West McGaffey Street from Wyoming to Union avenues to include milling the pavement, and constructing sidewalks and ramps for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is estimated at $1.4 million.

• North Main Street from McGaffey Street to College Boulevard. The Nova Chip project would match the work recently completed on North Main from College Boulevard to Country Club Road. Estimated at $1.2 million.

• North Atkinson from Cherry Street to College Boulevard. The project would be a pavement reconstruction and include sidewalks. Estimated at $1.8 million.

• Widening East Hobson Road from East Earl Cummings Loop to U.S. Highway 285. Estimated at $1.6 million.

The Infrastructure Committee will also consider recommendations for the following items:

• Awarding the 2021 manhole rehabilitation project to Corrosion Resistant Coatings Inc., Sandia Park, for $248,070.

• Purchase of 50 fire hydrants and associated equipment from Baker Utility Supply, Albuquerque, for $89,526.

• Awarding a request for proposals to create a pool of contractors for water line stop and valve insertion services to J&H Services and New Mexico Tap Master, both of Albuquerque.

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