Groundbreaking celebration set for 4 p.m. Tuesday at future site of building on County Road 6500


FARMINGTON — About two years after it became an incorporated community, Kirtland will build a town hall north of the Kirtland Youth Association building on County Road 6500 this year.

Since the town was incorporated, its board of trustees has met in a one-room building. The new town hall will provide not only a council chamber but also offices for the town clerk and the mayor, and a New Mexico Motor Vehicles Division office.

Mayor Mark Duncan said the new building likely will cost $600,000, including preparation of the site for the building. It will be paid for through the town's general fund. He said there have been enough gross receipts tax revenues to save the money for the building.

"It will be paid for when the doors open," he said.

The town of Kirtland will host a groundbreaking celebration at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the future location, 47 County Road 6500 in Kirtland.

The key to keeping the project within the town's budget is simplicity, according to the mayor.

"No architectural award is going to be won for this building," Duncan said.

The 2,100-square-foot town hall will be made of metal with some stucco and rock work.

"I think it's going to serve our purposes," Duncan said.

In addition to serving as a town hall, there will be a parking lot that will serve as an access point to a trails system San Juan County has planned. Duncan said the land where the building will be located formerly belonged to the county and essentially was donated to the town.

Duncan said the building is one way the town is working to bring services to Kirtland.

"This is your town," he said. "This is your building. This is your taxpayers dollars at work."

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

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