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Bloomfield council to discuss loan extension

The Daily Times staff
David Green, left, Juan Pando and Armando Diaz, construction laborers with The GroundsKeepers, work on a landscape project in Bloomfield.

FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield City Council will discuss extending a loan agreement with the New Mexico Finance Authority and changing the scope of the project during a meeting Monday at City Hall.

The $1.4 million loan was approved in May 2011 for replacing and upgrading utilities along U.S. Highway 64. The utilities had to be replaced and upgraded due to a state-mandated highway expansion project.

The project was completed under budget, and the city has $79,853 remaining.

If councilors approve the loan extension, that money will be used to finance landscaping along the highway.

In 2011, the city agreed to repay the loan in $8,000 monthly increments over a period of 20 years.