Hotelier wants roads fixed

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

Hotelier Neil Patel asked the city to make improvements on Adams Street where he is building two hotels and plans to build a restaurant near I-40 and First Street.

Patel said the street is so bad, “I can see their heads bobbing in their cars when they drive along,” during the city commission’s regular meeting on Thursday night.
Trucks that come through daily to refuel or to eat at the fast food restaurants at the interchange have torn up the road, he said.

Patel said that he and his partners were investing up to $11 million in properties that would eventually employ 100 people at that section on Adams Street.

“I’m asking you to fix it or to try to figure out how to fix Adams Street,” Patel said. “Because I’m investing my hard-earned money and contributing to the Lodger’s Tax and sales tax, I think I need that road repaired.”

Patel and his partners are building a Holiday Inn Express that is expected to open next year and a LaQuinta Inn to be opened in the fall next year on Adams Street south of the Trigg Memorial Hospital.

Patel also said he was talking with three franchisers to build and open a restaurant that would be between the LaQuinta and Holiday Inn properties.

“My three projects total between $10 and $11 million,” he said.

Doug Powers, director of the city’s Community Development, said the city has funding to repave parts of the road and that it was expected to have a thicker coat on those sections of Adams which were used by truckers.

The city has been budgeting on the high side for its road projects because of the rising price of petroleum products and if its bids come in at the right price, the city may be able to stretch its dollars to extend road projects, Powers said.

Incidentally, city and the county road department officials have been lamenting the high price of asphalt chips at recent meetings because the spike in prices has cut miles off of city and county road improvement projects.

Powers and other city officials said that they would look into further improvements on Adams Street.

In other business before the commission, approval was made for:

• the appropriation of $200,000 to plan, design, construct and equip improvements to the Tucumcari landfill in Tucumcari in Quay County.
• the acceptance of $3,948 for the Tucumcari Police Department form the state’s Traffic Safety Bureau for “Operation Buckle Down”