Bloomfield, Farmington considering priority projects, seeking public input

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
Bloomfield has put off replacing police vehicles and more than half of its units are at least 10 years old, according to Public Works Director Jason Thomas. The proposed list includes spending $100,000 a year for the next five years to replace two vehicles annually.

FARMINGTON — Farmington and Bloomfield are in the process of listing priority projects for their Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plans. These plans are required by the state and help cities when they pursue capital outlay money or state and federal grants.

Bloomfield has scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bloomfield City Hall, 915 N. 1st St., to present the 11 proposed projects to residents and gather input about which projects community members feel are important.

Both Farmington and Bloomfield discussed the plans during their meetings this week.

A water storage tank that serves the east portion of the city of Bloomfield needs to be replaced or repaired. The tank is in poor condition, and Public Works Director Jason Thomas anticipates it will take $1.7 million to replace.

The Farmington City Council is still in the process of compiling the list of projects they want to include. Generally the city includes about 10 projects on the list, however there is no limit to how many projects can be included.

The list is compiled on an annual basis and looks five years into the future.

The Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan submitted last year calls for creating a transit hub for Red Apple buses. The plan estimates this will cost $3 million.

Last year the city of Farmington included the Pinon Hills Boulevard bridge and extension, phase one of the Complete Streets project in downtown Farmington, widening a section of Foothills Drive, building detention ponds, extending the river trail system, replacing waterline along the La Plata Highway within city limits and building a transit hub for the Red Apple Transit system.

The city of Bloomfield is exploring options for riverbed filtration wells that could provide drinking water to residents. It began by drilling wells in the area of Vereda del Rio San Juan Park, but did not find suitable conditions there. The city is currently exploring other locations on the river. Public Works Director Jason Thomas anticipates this project will cost $3.9 million.

This year the City Council has a list of 33 proposed projects they can consider. The City Council could also add other projects to the list that were not included in the agenda packet this week.

Bloomfield’s Public Works Director Jason Thomas presented 11 projects to the City Council on Monday.

The East Blanco Boulevard bridge is pictured, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 in Bloomfield. The city of Bloomfield must replace the East Blanco Bridge, which Public Works Director Jason Thomas describes as functionally obsolete. The entire project, which is currently broken into phases, will cost $2.78 million.

These projects included a riverbed filtration system on the San Juan River, replacing the wastewater treatment plant, replacing the East Blanco Bridge, repairing or replacing a corroded and deteriorating water tank, replacing two police vehicles each year, purchasing a new ladder truck for the fire department, chip sealing or overlay of various streets, replacing SCBA equipment at the fire department, adding aeration to water storage tanks, replacing the jet rodder truck that is used to clear clogged sewer lines and replacing a radio repeater station that allows law enforcement and fire departments to communicate with the San Juan County Communications Center.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at hgrover@daily-times.com.

City of Bloomfield Water Reclamation Facility Operations Foreman Dave Sonnenberg talks about repairs needed on the wastewater treatment plant's settling tanks in a file photo from Sept. 12. 2015.