County discusses lake ranch project

By Ryn Gargulinski: Quay County Sun

It will take more than 20 years to complete and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, but it could help provide the shot in the arm Tucumcari needs to become a thriving hub of activity.
The Ute Lake Ranch Project, according to Quay County Manager Terry Turner, could one day feature three golf courses, a marina and beach club and waterfront homes. The development, which would be on the south side of Ute Lake, is planned in agreement with the communities of Tucumcari, Grady, San Jon, Logan and Quay County.
While it’s still in a Planned Unit Development (PUD) Pre-Application process, a master plan has been sketched out.
“This really does offer some growth,” Turner said. “We’ve been so stagnant for so long.”
Construction on the project is being implemented in stages. The first phase — residential and open space lots — has already begun and should be finished by 2008, Turner said. Each of the seven phases of the development is allotted an appropriate time frame, some overlapping and each lasting from four to 10 years.
Final project completion date is slated for 2026.
The project is being entirely funded by Ute Lake Ranch, Turner said.
“That’s why it’s such a bargain to us (local entities),” Turner said. “We’re not out a nickel.”
Although the Ute Lake Ranch is the most massive project being undertaken around Tucumcari, it wasn’t the only one discussed at Monday’s County Commission meeting. Road Superintendent Larry Moore discussed upgrades planned for Highway 54, Airport Road and Mine Canyon Road, which will be the first entrance into the Ute Lake Ranch complex.
Kent Terry from the Interstate Streams Commission (ISC) was in attendance to discuss other developments for the Ute Lake master plan.