Governor OKs capital outlay

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

Quay County Capital Outlay
The following are a list of projects and their costs
House MSD school buses $75,000
Logan MSD FFA/Ag Science program vehicle $25,000
Logan wastewater collection/treatment $300,000
Logan water/wastewater system improvements $100,000
MCC wind research and center construction $300,000
MCC wind research and center construction $1,600,000
MCC wind research and center turbine $46,697
Quay County buildings/Trigg Memorial Hospital $150,000
Quay County equipment/rock crusher $125,000
San Jon wastewater system improvements $100,000
Tucumcari Senior Center code compliant $94,500
Tucumcari solid waste landfill $250,000
Tucumcari solid waste landfill $400,000
Tucumcari swimming school $100,000

Total: 14 projects $3,666,197

Gov. Bill Richardson approved all items in the capital outlay bill, including about $1.9 million to develop the site for and plan, design, construct, equip and furnish the North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari.

Going into the legislative session, Mesalands officials had expressed hope for a larger appropriation because costs of wind turbines escalate with the rising costs of fuel, metals and manufacturing. Mesalands has been on spring break for the past week and Phillip Barry, college president, could not be reached for comment.

The college wants to install a single wind turbine that could be used for maintenace and operational training of technicians and research on wind energy.

In other projects for Quay County in the bill, Richardson signed off on:

• $94,500 for improvements for building code compliance, including purchase and installation of equipment to the Tucumcari senior center.
• $50,000 for the planning, designing and equiping a water and wastewater system in Logan.
• $50,000 to plan, design and construct wastewater system improvements in San Jon.
• $100,000 to design, construct and equip a solid waste landfill in Tucumcari.
• $50,000 to plan, design, construct, repair and replace roofs on county buildings, including Trigg Memorial hospital.
• $75,000 to purchase road equipment and install a rock crusher for use in Quay County.

Also, $3.5 million was allocated for the Glen Rio and Manuelito welcome centers. State officials will be in Quay County on Wednesday afternoon for the groundbreaking on improvements to be made to the Glen Rio project.