By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun
Officials of Tucumcari and Logan were happy to see Ryan Gleason, New Mexico state director of the USDA Rural Development Office, on Tuesday.
They especially liked the part when he signed the huge ceremonial checks to the tune of $8.4 million for Logan and $2.1 million for Logan.
Gleason presented the check that will be used for the development of a waste water treatment plant and extension of sewer service to the lake residents during a Village of Logan meeting.
Along with the check the village council approved three grants, equal to $490,000, that will give Logan a total of $8.8 million to use in construction of the wastewater treatment plant and extension of the city sewer lines.
The $8 million, however, will cover about 65 percent to 70 percent of the total needed for the project, said Larry Wallin, village manager.
“We have an engineering firm looking into our water system to see how the expansion will impact the growth of Logan in the future,” said Wallin. “Before, there were some areas that could not have a house placed there, but with the expansion of the water system, more houses can be built and more land sold.”
The change from septic tanks to sewer will produce added cost to Logan, said Gleason. But seeing how important Ute Lake is to the residents and future development of Logan and its citizens the change is well worth it, said Gleason.
Wallin also took Gleason on a tour of the proposed route for sewer lines and how it will affect Logan.
Wallin outlined the areas that would be reached by the sewer extension’s first phase and the areas that will be reached in the second phase.
Wallin discussed the challenges of the natural landscape such as slope and elevation differences throughout the area.
“One of the biggest challenges is building a sewer system that can handle up to 10,000 people on the weekends and go back to serving only 1,000 come Monday,” said Wallin.
While in Logan Gleason toured the areas repaired after the March 23 tornado.
“I wanted to see for myself how the community was dealing with and getting along after the tornado,” said Gleason. “I work with a lot of different state agencies and this is a perfect opportunity for me to relay back how the federal funding is helping those that were effected and what help this area still may need.”
While in Tucumcari, Gleason also toured the city’s waste water treatment plant to see first-hand which facilities would be replaced.