Commissioners meet about pool

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun

– Commissioners receive phone calls to get pool ready for summer.

At a city commissioners’ meeting Thursday, City Manager Richard Primrose said city hall has $10,000 in reserve to go for repairs to the municipal swimming pool. City commissioners urged him to move swiftly in getting needed repairs.

Commissioner Bettie Ditto expressed frustration that no major repairs have begun.

“I had eight calls today about the swimming pool ” Ditto said. “I urge that we move quickly to get the pool repaired because it is so important to our youth.”

Ditto asked the city commission to follow up on asking Tucumcari schools for some financial help with the pool repairs.

Primrose said city hall will see how far the $10,000 will go.
“I think we need to do this as soon as we can,” Primrose said. “Hopefully the $10,000 will cover the cost.”

Primrose mentioned that one company from Albuquerque wanted to charge $140 per hour to check for leaks on top of an initial flat fee of $880.

Primrose said if pool repairs cost more than $10,000 the city would be required to advertise to contractors for bid proposals on the repairs.

City commissioners agreed that it will cost a chunk of money just to find out what repairs need to be made. All that is known so far is that there are major leaks from
underground pipes.

Although the commissioners said they want swift progress, no time line has been set for completion of repairs and the pool’s eventual reopening. Primrose’s assistant, Clara Rey, said the city is pushing hard to have the pool open at least part of this summer.

Other items discussed at the meeting included:

– Community Development Director Doug Powers handed out a three-page document outlining the numerous grants the Community Development Agency has acquired during his tenure as director.

The total amount of the grant money awarded to the city for various projects is in excess of $11 million. Many projects funded by grant money are yet to be completed.

– Powers said the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $400,000 to go for renovations of the historic railroad depot downtown.

“We will be able to access that money about 13 months from now,” Powers told city commissioners. “It could take several more years before we actually use the money because we would first have to determine what the end use of the railroad depot would be.”

Powers said the depot is in relatively good shape, but it is much too early to tell what the eventual cost of renovations would be.

– A family picnic for city employees will be held at the Elks Lodge at 4:30 p.m. June 14.

– The ground breaking on the First Street project will occur June 1 at First Street and Route 66 Boulevard, time to be determined later.