City approves zoning for new motel

By Thomas Garcia
QCS Senior Writer

Tucumcari city commissioners on Thursday approved the rezoning of an agricultural parcel of land on the 1900 block of South Mountain Road for commercial use to build a new Fairfield Inn and Suites.

The approval came after a public hearing.

Love’s Country Stop and Travel Centers bought the property some time ago with the plan to develop it into a new business, said Chad Bruner, Love’s spokesman.

Bruner said there is no timeline for the ground breaking for the motel, but there should be some development started in the next six months. He said the motel will offer many of the same services as the Hampton Inn that burned down last year.

The city is thankful to have a new business come to the city, said Mayor Robert Lumpkin.

There were two additional items up for comments from the commissioners and input from the public during the hearings.

A resolution if portions of downtown Tucumcari met the designation requirements for the state’s Metropolitan Redevelopment Code.

This is the first step toward the city being able to apply for a $50,000 grant from the New Mexico Department of Finance Authority to help with the development of downtown Tucumcari, said Charlie Dean, urban planning consultant for New Mexico MainStreet.

The city also unveiled its Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan for 2015-2022 for review and public comment.

The city has ranked the projects by priority for funding to be requested from the state for completion. The top five were: Center Street water tank rehabilitation;  Landfill dump truck; Community Development Block Grants for water, street and sewer; Aber addition water infrastructure improvements; and East Route 66 wastewater infrastructure improvements.

In other action, commissioners”
• Had the first reading for Ordinance 1124, amending and adding a chapter to the city’s municipal codes. The added chapter focused on vacant buildings and the new requirements the city will be enforcing to prevent another incident like the Sands Dorsey, said Commissioner John Mihm.
• Adopted a city recognition and awards policy.
• Approved the 2016 Cooperative Agreement Program with the New Mexico Department of Transportation for $42,798 for street improvements.
• Approved the submission to the NM DFA for the $50,000 grant for the New Mexico Metropolitan Redevelopment Code.
• Approved the appointment of Ed Shipley to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
• Approved the appointment for City Manager Jared Langenegger as representative of the Quay County Gaming Authority Board.

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