While the Tucumcari City Commission awarded a contract Thursday to plan above-ground improvements to the downtown area, it also gave attention to downtown’s underground infrastructure.
Commissioners on Thursday approved a $181,000 appropriation agreement between the city and the New Mexico Department of Environment to “plan, design, improve and replace water and sewer lines” along Second Street in the downtown area.
The underground improvements will complement a resurfacing of Second Street from Historic Route 66 Boulevard north to the Rail Depot at downtown’s northern edge.
First District Commissioner Ralph Moya said resurfacing Second Street is “long overdue.”
“It’s like driving on a washboard,” he said and noted that some of the sidewalks on the street still bear markings from 1939 and the Depression Era Works Progress Administration.
The commission also approved a $35,000 expenditure of Infrastructure Tax from Local Economic Development Act funds to make improvements on the Date Street lift station that helps direct wastewater to the city’s treatment plant.
Improving the Date Street station and one located at the KOA Campground near Interstate 40 and Route 66 will accommodate the added burden from the 90-room Fairfield Inn under construction near Mountain Road and I-40, City Manager Jared Langenegger said.
The Fairfield Inn plans to build a pipeline to accommodate the new flow, and may deed it to the city, Langenegger said.
The commission on Thursday also:
Approved a $17,500 allocation from Lodgers’ Tax funds to promote a video program produced professionally to promote tourism to the city. The video is available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Approved on first reading an ordinance that would allow Local Economic Development Act funds to help a local construction company, Nashville Construction Co., store equipment on land currently owned by the city.