Commission wants to keep dollars in city

Chelle Delaney

Keeping dollars in Tucumcari was on the mind of the Tucumcari City Commission even though it approved a proposal form an out-of-town firm.
“The money ought to stay in Tucumcari,” said Commissioner Jimmy Sandoval after Thursday night’s meeting.

Sandoval’s was the only “nay” among the commission when it gave its approval to negotiate a contract with HDR for engineering services for the city’s wastewater re-use project.

Mayor pro-tem Jim Witcher was not at the meeting.

HDR has offices in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The other firms being considered were Souder Miller, which has offices in Santa Fe and Farmington and Engineers, Inc. of Tucumcari.

Commissioner Jim Lafferty said that the evaluation of the proposal by a six-person team showed that there was disparity by one team member who had a 64-point difference in their scoring between HDR and the local firm.

Lafferty asked City Manager Bobbye Rose to examine the way proposals are evaluated.

Another matter that has been before the commission several times is the demolition of the Sands Dorsey which burned in June 2007.
In an update on the building’s future, Rose said that guidelines for the city to seek requests for proposals for demolition of the Sands Dorsey building had been submitted by the WHPacific firm.

But there also were some indications from the Planning Department that the building can be revitalized, Rose said.
In that case, the city commission will have both options on the table, Rose said.

In other matters before the commission:
• Purchase of $49,000 slide for the city pool was approved.
• The following proclamations were also made:

The month of May will be dedicated to discouraging teenage drinking with “Parents who host, lose the most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking:” campaign. To raise awareness about teenage drinking the Quay County MCCH is launching the campaign.

Friday is “Silver Star Banner Day” to honor and commemorate wounded members of the Armed Forces.

Safe Boating Week in Tucumcari will be recognized May 16-22.