Courthouse funds up for approval

QCS Staff

A bill supporting $335,000 in capital outlay funds for Quay County and the City of Tucumcari is in the process of being approved in the state Legislature.

House Tax and Revenue Committee substitute for House Bill 191 earmarks $185,000 for Quay County Courthouse renovations and $150,000 for Tucumcari trash collection trucks.

“This is absolutley great,” said Quay County Manager Richard Primrose. “I want to thank Rep. Dennis Roch and Sen. Clint Harden for all their hard work.”

Primrose said like many other entities across the state they didnt think there was going to be any capital outlay funds available.

“We knew it was a long shot but we chose to submit our paperwork and we’re glad we did,” Primrose said.

Primrose said they are looking at fixing the roof, last month there were some problems with the terraces on third and fourth floor that were brought to their attention.

Primrose said they will have to check with the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division before any construction begins.

The last time Quay County received capital outlay was in 2009, also for courthouse work. Primrose said if the funding is approved it will be likely be available by the end of the legislative session.