By Steve Hansen
QCS Managing Editor
A city well replacement project will expand to rehabilitate a second well, the Tucumcari City Commission has decided.
The commission voted on Thursday to add $45,710 for rehabilitation of the second well to the price of the $409,000 contract with Rodgers and Company, an Albuquerque well-drilling firm, to dig a new well to replace Well No. 8 at the city’s well field.
The addition to the contract, with an 8-percent sales tax added, brings its grand total to $493,153, according to documents presented with the change order proposal.
The enhanced project will be paid for with state Water Project funds, City Manager Jared Langenegger said.
The extra work is still within the amount budgeted for the project, Mark Martinez, project manager for the well improvement project, said.
Martinez said the well enhancements will “allow the city to develop higher quality water from a reliable source and to supply water from a well that has been out of operation.”
The commission also approved a $40,524.30 allocation from the state’s Youth Conservation Corps Commission Project to finance the commission’s annual summer hire program for young people age 15-25. Under the program, teens and young adults work on city projects under supervision from city crew supervisors, earning money, college credit and other educational opportunities.
The allocation this year will allow the city to provide 10 weeks of employment to seven young people, project manager Mark Martinez said.
The commission also voted to renew a contract for $23,400 with Gordon Environmental, a Bernalillo firm, to conduct environmental monitoring of the city’s old garbage landfill north of the city.
City Manager Jared Langenegger introduced two new city employees to the commission Thursday.
One is Shannon Stacey, personnel manager. The other is Robin Alden, a new project manager in the city’s community development department.
Tucumcari MainStreet Manager Gail Houser gave a progress report on MainStreet’s activities.
The state Main Street organization, a division of the Economic Development Department, has contributed $32,855 to Tucumcari MainStreet’s operations he said, including assistance with leadership and professional development training, and marketing activities.
Over the past 12 months, he said, Tucumcari MainStreet has made progress in developing a railroad museum at the city’s historic train depot, which is also MainStreet’s headquarters. In addition, Houser said, MainStreet has freed up $30,000 to use in its “micro-loan” program to local businesses, replaced holiday lighting decorations to use in the downtown area, has made the train depot the site of summer’s twice-weekly farmers’ markets, moving it from Wailes Park; and is developing walking trails in the downtown area.
TucumcariMainstreet, he said, is also working with other city groups on marketing the city, especially to tourists and is planning another “Fired Up!” event for the last Saturday in September.