FARMINGTON — The newest section of the Animas River Trail will be getting lights installed if the city council awards a bid at its 9 am work session today.

The lighting purchase is part of an ongoing Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department effort to maintain and improve the river trail, and comes alongside two new projects.

City staff recommends that the council award the bid for purchase of lighting materials to Wesco Distribution, a multinational corporation with offices in Albuquerque.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department has to seek city council approval because the total cost of the purchase is $24,590, and any purchase of more than $20,000 must be approved by the council, said Roger Drayer, a landscape architect with the Parks division.

The lighting purchase is just one of several projects to improve and expand the river trail system. The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department recently completed a second portion of the river trail, officially called the, "Among the Waters Trail," Drayer said. The trail is about .68 miles long and runs along the north and west banks of the confluence of the Animas and San Juan rivers. The trail is accessible from the south side of Bisti Highway west of the Murray Thruway.

The trail was made possible through a city partnership with San Juan Regional Medical Center ($30,000), BHP Billiton New Mexico Investment Fund ($10,000) and the River Reach Foundation ($5,000).


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The department will be applying for another grant from BHP Billiton and from the River Reach Foundation for the construction of a half-mile section of trail directly south of the El Paso Natural Gas yard on Herrera Road on the north side of the Animas and San Juan rivers, Drayer said.

The proposed budget for the extension is $77,000, with a $5,000 contribution from the River Reach Foundation and a $10,000 grant from BHP Billiton Investment Fund.