County extension could have new offices
Published: Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
The Quay County Extension office and its agents could be looking at a new home. And it's right across the street from its existing office. The Quay County Commission on Monday OK'd a request to seek financing from the New Mexico Finance Authority to purchase the Dean Border Law Office building at 401 S. Third St. If the deal is closed, “it would get the extension office out of the basement and make it more accessible,” county manager Richard Primrose said. The current extension offices are in the basement of the Quay County Court House and the extension service could probably use more room, Primrose said. There has not been a purchase price set on the building, said Primrose, who has talked to Dean Border about buying the law office building. The purchase would include six lots, or about a quarter of a block, Primrose said. The most the county could borrow, at no interest, from the authority for the purchase is $200,000, Primrose said. But the county could also borrow additional funds for which it would have to pay a low rate of interest, Primrose said. Once officials know how much they would need to borrow, based on a negotiated purchase price, they expect to hear if their loan request is approved in 90 days, Primrose said. Already the county has $450,000 which it received from the state Legislature to build a new extension office. Those funds are earmarked for a new building, but county officials hope to get those funds reauthorized to cover the purchase of an existing building. “We don’t have enough funds to build a new building,” Primrose said. Officials have sought additional funds from the state Legislature for several years to build a new extension office. In the last wish list submitted to legislators, Quay County officials proposed a “Fairgrounds and Agricultural Educators Building.” Officials hoped they would be able to build a new building and house the fairground manager's office along with an office for the state extension service and, among other things, a laboratory for testing hay grasses, computer lab, classrooms, kitchen and lecture hall with access for the disabled. Attorney Dean Border, who was reached at his Albuquerque offices, referred all questions to attorney Nancy English, who is in charge of Border’s Tucumcari office. English, according to her office, was in a client meeting Tuesday afternoon.
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