Commissioners approve waterline project

By Thomas Garcia: QCS staff writer

City commissioners approved a $2.4 million project Thursday to repair waterlines and resurface Second Street in Tucumcari.

The city received a $1.782 million grant from the New Mexico Department of Transportation, said Doug Powers, director of the city’s Community Development Department

Combined with a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant, Powers said it brings the amount to $2.4 million available for the city to use toward the Second Street Project.

“We have an opportunity to do more good for Tucumcari,” Powers said.

With the additional funding has come a redesign.

“This project is now covering three times the area it was before,” said Donzil Q. Worthington, senior project manager for Wilson and Company of Albuquerque.

Worthington said the project will replace water lines on Second Street from west Route 66 to east Washington Avenue. The project includes resurfacing of Second Street and replacing curbs, gutters and sidewalks to meet state code.
The project originally approved by commissioners was for $800,000, paid by grants from CDBG and NMDOT.
Powers said with the quick approval, construction could begin within a month and be completed by the end of the year.

In other business, commissioners:
• Approved a 10 percent salary increase for the Municipal Judge effective March 9. The original salary was $13,050 and has been increased to $14,355.
• Increased Judicial Education Fees from $2 to $3 for cases filed after July 1.
• Approved a Joint Powers Agreement between Tucumcari and Quay County in establishing the Tucumcari/Quay Regional Emergency Communication Center.
• Approved a Litter Control and Beautification Grant from the New Mexico Tourism Department. The city will use the $12,000 grant for community cleanups and promotion.