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Committee to consider street, sewer repairs

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Street work and repairs of city water and sewer lines and along the Hondo River Trail will be among the items to be considered by the Roswell City Council’s Infrastructure Committee 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.

The committee will consider giving its recommendation to nine action items as well as hear updates on city projects including airport infrastructure, construction of the new cell at the landfill and optimization of solid waste routes.

The committee will consider its recommendations for directions on spending $500,000 budgeted for fiscal year 2022 for micro-surfacing of residential streets. City engineer Louis Najar has recommended spending $100,000 in each of the city’s five wards.

With further direction on which streets to resurface, quotes can be obtained and presented to the Infrastructure Committee in October and to the full city council in November, according to the agenda abstract.

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The committee will also discuss the Road Repair Funding and Prioritization Program that the council approved in May. That resolution requires the city manager or a designee to submit twice a year a priority repair list for the city’s streets according to classification as local streets, collector streets and primary arterial streets.

The committee will also consider its vote on emergency repairs to a water line and sewer line in which failures were discovered.

A 24-inch waterline in the vicinity of Mescalero Road and Kentucky Avenue was found to be leaking through a rust spot where the pipe had deteriorated. Two quotes were obtained for the repairs. New Mexico Tap Masters, Albuquerque, had the higher of the bids at $201,573, but was recommended by staff as it also has materials in stock and could begin work quickly. The second bidder, J&H Services, Albuquerque, bid $180,038 but indicated at least a two-week delay in parts delivery.

A sewer line in North Garden Avenue was found Tuesday to have several failures from Fourth Street north. Further details were not available but were expected to be presented at the committee meeting.

A bid for repairs to the Hondo River Channel will also be considered. Above-average amounts of rainfall this year have caused damage to the channel east of Elm Street along the Hondo River Trail. Abraham’s Construction, Albuquerque, which has an annual maintenance contract with the city, has estimated repairs at $65,654.

Among the other items on the agenda for the committee’s consideration are:

• Awarding micro-surfacing of about 9 miles of city streets to IPR Ltd., Albuquerque, for $403,566. The work will include portions of West Eighth Street, North Washington Avenue, North Richardson Avenue, South Lea Avenue, South Garden Avenue and South Virginia Avenue.

• Awarding restriping of city streets to San Bar Construction Corp., Albuquerque, for $67,143.

• A resolution supporting agreements with New Mexico Department of Transportation’s selection of three projects for funding in fiscal year 2022 or 2023. Those projects include pavement work on West McGaffey from Wyoming to Union Avenues and Main Street from McGaffey to College Boulevard, and widening East Hobson Road from East Earl Cummings Loop to U.S. 285.

• A resolution to designate the west curb of the 500 to 700 blocks of Mississippi Avenue as no parking zones. The west side of the street will be used as a connector trail between the Spring River Trail and the Cielo Grande Trail.

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

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