Streets, burn bans on city agenda

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun

Road repair and beautification took center stage at Thursday night’s Tucumcari City Council meeting.

Two of Thursday’s three resolutions dealt with using matching-fund programs for road repair; the other dealt with approval of a beautification program from the New Mexico Department of Tourism.

All three resolutions, and one ordinance for a city-wide burn ban, passed unanimously in a quick meeting.

City Manager Richard Primrose said the Cooperative Agreement Program offers matching funds for work on city streets. The state transportation department offers funds to help repair streets, but an entity must secure matching funds.

Primrose said the city offers what is called an “in kind match,” with labor and equipment serving as Tucumcari’s share of the funding. The work, Primrose said, would go down Estrella from First Street to Adams Street.

A second resolution came from the municipal arterial program. That program requires work be connected in some way to a primary road in the city. That work, Primrose said, would start at Rock Island and go east down Rankin to Duke Street, then turn north to Route 66.

Primrose said he expects construction to begin in August.

The third resolution endorsed the allocation of grant funds for the purpose of enhancing local litter control and beautification programs. Primrose said groups are allowed to pick up litter along a highway area on an annual basis as community service, and would receive part of the grant funds as a reward.

Council members also passed ordinance 1019, which is a burn ban within the city limits.

“The state has issued one for all of the counties, but it doesn’t include the municipalities,” Primrose said.

The ban requires anybody within the city limits to contact the fire department prior to open burning. As defined in the ordinance, open burning means “burning, whether caused suffered or allowed, not in a device or chamber designed to acheive combustion, where the products of combustion are emitted, directly or indirectly, into the open air.”

The ban does not include fireplaces, woodstoves that heat homes or charcoal grills if placed on noncombustible material.