Officials celebrate completion of facility

Thomas Garcia

More than 25 residents, city staff and congressional representative attended Monday’s ribbon cutting at the new wastewater treatment plant in Tucumcari.

“There were 160 jobs created with the construction of this plant,” said Terry Brunner, state director for U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

The $9.1 million plant was built with money provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Brunner said the plants completion will allow future industry to develop in Tucumcari.

“One of the primary goals of rural development is to keep rural communities growing,” Brunner said.

Brunner said in rural communities wastewater treatment is vital to growth of housing and industry. He said with the completion of the plant Tucumcari can check one more thing off the list of things needed to be done.

Officials and guests were given tours of the new laboratory and treatment facilities.

Interim City Manager Doug Powers said the USDA was instrumental in the building of the treatment plant.

“When we put this project out to bid we were $1 million short,” Powers said. “Rural Development went to bat for us and helped us secure the money needed to make this project a reality.”

Lumpkin said the timely and prompt efforts of the staff at the community development staff made this project one of the first in the state to receive stimulus funding.

“We are happy the plant is completed and up and running,” said Yvette Fazekas, interim community development director.