City sets date for Sands Dorsey hearing

Chelle Delaney

The Tucumcari City Commission set a hearing date Thursday for the owner of the Sands Dorsey building to contest the city’s decision to demolish the building.

The two-story building in downtown Tucumcari was damaged extensively in a fire in June 2007.

Robert Adelo, a Santa Fe attorney, had requested the hearing on behalf of the building’s owner Robert Hengstenberg.
The hearing is required by state and local legislation.

The city hired an Albuquerque-based engineering firm, WHPacific, to assess the building and make recommendations on how the building could be made safe.

The firm recommended the building be razed and also found that the building has asbestos and other hazardous materials that make it costly to demolish and haul debris to an approved landfill site.

The hearing is set for 5 p.m. on Jan. 15 at the Tucumcari City Hall.

In his city manager’s update, John Sutherland said:
• The Water Trust Board is to meet on Friday to consider applications for funding. The city has applied to the board
for funds for a project at the Metropolitan Wellfield.

• The city’s old landfill off of Highway 104 has an estimated life of 18 months.
In other matters before the commission:

• Approved Wilson & Co. of Albuquerque for engineering services for the installation of a water line and repaving of Second Street from Route 66 to Charles Avenue. In all, the project is expected to cost about $915,000. Construction should begin in the Spring.

• Approved the reappointment of the following individuals to serve on the Planing and Zoning Board:
Ila Beth Hancock

Mike Hicklin

Bernard Fitznr

• In a presentation before the commission Tom Dominguez, Quay County Extension Service agricultural agent, asked for the city’s support of and to join with other local, state and federal agencies in Quay County in a cooperative weed management program.