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City council to consider $1.3 million for hangar site preparation

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The Roswell City Council this week will consider spending part of the $5 million in state funding received by Chaves County toward the first phase of a new wide-body hangar to be built at the Roswell Air Center.

Chaves County received a $5 million state capital outlay award in 2020 for infrastructure work at the city-owned air center. After Mayor Dennis Kintigh and city councilors raised concerns about the county receiving funds for city-owned property, the city and county came to an agreement in which the county pledged $3 million for site work for the hangar and $2 million for water line upgrades on the southeast side of the airfield.

The city will oversee the construction of the project while the county will act as the fiscal agent.

Arizona-based Ascent Aviation Services plans to build a 10-story, 300-foot by 300-foot wide-body aircraft hangar at the air center to expand its aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul operations here.

The council will consider at Thursday’s meeting approving design and construction administration for the first phase of site work for the hangar to Armstrong Consultants, an airport engineering firm in Albuquerque, totaling $1.3 million.

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In a separate action, the council will also consider spending $525,256 with Armstrong for design and repairs to the concrete apron at the air center, including reconstruction of some portions and small repairs on other portions.

The council will meet 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.

The council will also consider advertising for and conducting a public hearing on two proposed ordinances, one amending a portion of the city zoning code relating to signs and another on the 2004 Roswell Smoke Free Air Act.

The ordinance on signs would clarify when signs can be placed in city rights-of-way or easements, what signs do not require permits and outline enforcement of the ordinance.

The second proposed ordinance would repeal and replace the 2004 smoke-free air act, adding protections against the effects of second-hand smoke from cannabis products.

Other items the council is scheduled to take action on include resolutions declaring intent to issue industrial revenue bonds for construction of a warehouse by Admiral Beverage Co., budget adjustments for the current fiscal year and updating the city’s site/drainage plan requirements for residential construction.

Other items on the agenda for possible votes are authorizing roof repairs and upgrades on building 93 at the air center to ABF Roofing, Lubbock, Texas, for $265,234; approval of a lease agreement with Southeast New Mexico Community Action/Roswell Head Start Center for $1 a year; authorization to install new heating, ventilation and air conditioning in the air center building used by Sidney Gutierrez Middle School to Rhoads Co. of Roswell for $98,877; approval of the scope of work for security guard services at the air center; and approval of cost estimates for exhibit and security upgrades at the Spring River Zoo totaling $720,000.

The council will also hear a mid-year financial review from Administrative Director Juan Fuentes, Finance Director Janie Davies and City Manager Joe Neeb.

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

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