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Council to consider adoption of hazard mitigation plan

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Adoption of the Chaves County Hazard Mitigation Plan is one of the items up for approval when the Roswell City Council meets for its regular meeting this week.
The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in Meeting Room A of the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, 912 N. Main. Due to state health orders, the public is encouraged to attend electronically. The meeting will be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube channel. Those wanting to participate electronically can do so through GoToMeeting virtual meeting software.
By computer, tablet or smartphone, the meeting can be joined at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/815060573. To join by phone, call 669-224-3412 and use access code 815-060-573.
Approval of the hazard mitigation plan is included in the council’s consent agenda. Items on that portion of the agenda will be approved in a single vote unless a councilor requests to have an item removed for discussion and vote.
The hazard mitigation plan is required to be updated every five years, with revisions approved by the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The plan must then be adopted by the county as well as the city of Roswell and towns of Dexter, Hagerman and Lake Arthur. Adopting the plan allows each jurisdiction to apply for disaster funding.
Among new actions added to the draft of the 2021 plan are revisiting and pursuing a 2007 request to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to install a flood control gate on the Two Rivers Reservoir and Rocky Arroyo dams.
Heavy rains in the spring caused a flood control berm west of Roswell to fail, sending flood waters into southern portions of Roswell. City and county officials said the lack of a gate on the Rocky Arroyo Dam contributed to the breach.
The mitigation plan also calls for evaluation and reconstruction of flood control measures, installing backup power for critical facilities, updating building codes, and ensuring flood ordinances and zoning are compliant with federal regulations.
The council will also conduct several public hearings on further amendments to the city’s cannabis codes and granting franchises for solid waste collection to several companies.
The proposed amendments to Chapter 27 of the city’s cannabis rules would add sections on requirements for operational permits, on-site consumption permits for businesses and special event permits.
The solid waste franchise agreements will be considered for Waste Management of New Mexico, Whitecap Disposal Co., Southwest Disposal Corporation and Desert West Enterprises.
The city will be closer to continuing replacement of water lines in the Edgewood area if the council approves two items Thursday related to funding the $1.1 million project. A resolution would authorize the execution and delivery of a loan and grant agreement with the New Mexico Finance Authority, and another item would accept the funds.
The state Water Trust Board recommended a total of $750,000 for the project — 40%, or $300,000, would be a loan with zero interest and the remaining 60%, or $450,000, would be a grant. The rest of the funds for the project would come from the city’s Water Enterprise Fund.
The project started in 2019 with a new 12-inch water line on North Garden Avenue. The second phase would construct a 12-inch water main on Cherry Street from Garden to Atkinson Avenue.
The council will also consider approval of a resolution supporting the reclassification of 911 dispatchers as first responders. A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would classify dispatchers as protective service occupations rather than office and administrative support. The council’s Public Safety Committee unanimously recommended the resolution’s approval in October, as did the Pecos Valley Regional Communications Center board of directors.
The council will also consider approval of a resolution updating the site and drainage plan review process for residential development. It’s part of the city’s efforts to streamline its permitting processes.
The following items are also on the agenda for possible votes:
• Appointing Elisa Begueria and Katie Griffo to partial terms on the Roswell Museum Board of Trustees. Begueria’s term would end March 31, 2025, and Griffo’s term would end March 31, 2023.
• Ratifying repair work for three manholes to J&H Services for $130,117. The work was not included in the city’s fiscal year 2022 budget.
• Awarding the North Garden Avenue sewer replacement project to Adame Construction, Los Lunas, for $637,295. The work was not included in the city’s fiscal 2022 budget.
• Authorizing a lease with Summit Food Service at the Roswell Air Center for cafe and food service.
• Establishing a pool of vendors for on-call engineering and architectural services. Thirteen firms are recommended.
Other items on the council’s consent agenda include the following:
• A $500,000 purchase order to IPR, Albuquerque, to micro-surface residential streets, with $100,000 spent in each of the city’s five wards.
• Rejecting a bid for rehabilitation of the Hondo River Trail. The New Mexico Department of Transportation, which is providing funding for the project, disqualified a bid from J&H Services. The project will be rebid at a later date.
• Awarding waterline repairs at Third Street and Orchard Avenue, including large diameter valve replacement, to New Mexico Tap Masters, Albuquerque, for $188,314.
• Awarding installation of variable frequency drives to well No. 3 to Alpha Southwest for $369,936.
• Awarding the South Sunset Avenue pavement rehabilitation project to J&H Services for $1.1 million.
• Establishing a pool of vendors for on-call utility repair service. Five vendors are recommended.
• Authorizing leases at the Roswell Air Center to Aersale, Genair, Old Dog Brotherhood and several individuals.
• Resolutions mandating cleanup of six properties and demolition of five dilapidated structures.
City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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