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Committee to discuss improvements to MLK Park trail


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The Roswell City Council’s Infrastructure Committee will discuss the possibility of improvements to the trail at Martin Luther King Park when it meets Monday.

The meeting will be at 4 p.m. Monday in the large conference room of City Hall, 425 N. Richardson. The public can join electronically through computer, tablet or smartphone at global.gotomeeting.com/join/929161493 or by phone at 571-317-3122 using access code 929-161-493.

Ward 4 Councilor Savino Sanchez requested an overlay of the walking trail through the 5.7-acre park in the 2700 block of South Union Avenue, just south of Monterrey Elementary School.

A 1-inch overlay of bituminous material would cost about $25,000, according to an estimate provided by the city’s Engineering Department. The project has not been included in the city’s fiscal year 2022 budget nor is it on any project list, according to the item’s abstract in the agenda packet.

Sanchez’s request is scheduled for discussion only with no vote planned.

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The full city council is expected to have a special meeting at 5 p.m. July 29 to finalize the fiscal ’22 budget. Council members are able to introduce amendments to the budget at that time.

A discussion on vector control is also on the committee’s agenda, requested by Councilor Jacob Roebuck.

Chaves County performs vector control — methods to limit or eradicate insects and animals that transmit disease — for the county as well as Roswell and the other cities within the county. The increased rains have brought a significant increase in mosquitoes and the county has targeted areas known for activity and where larger populations of people are found such as golf courses, parks, sports fields and walking trails, according to a letter included in the agenda packet from Angelo Gurule, road tech supervisor for Chaves County.

The committee will also hear an update on infrastructure at the Roswell Air Center by Scott Stark, air center director, and updates on projects throughout the city.

The committee will consider voting on its recommendations for three items including authorizing the city manager to enter contract negotiations with Lawn and Order Lawn Services of Roswell for tree removal, disposal and trimming services.

The city had issued a request for proposals to create a pool of contractors for tree services but received only one valid proposal, according to information in the agenda packet.

The committee will also consider its recommendation for two purchase order requisitions for Brasier Asphalt of Albuquerque for two Nova Chip pavement maintenance projects this year. The projects, North Atkinson Avenue from College Boulevard to Tierra Berrenda Drive and East College Boulevard from Main Street to Atkinson Avenue, will cost $458,920 and $352,498. The projects are included in the fiscal ’22 budget.

The committee will also discuss and vote on its recommendations for the city’s capital projects that it will submit to the Legislature’s Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan in September. Each of the council’s five standing committees will make recommendations for the ICIP list, which will then be decided by the full council.

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

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