Bloomfield approves request for capital outlay funds
City seeking state money to replace corroded water tank
BLOOMFIELD — The Bloomfield City Council unanimously has approved issuing a request to local legislators to seek about $1.6 million in capital outlay money to replace a water tank on the east side of U.S. Highway 550 north of City Hall.
The City Council met Monday night at Bloomfield City Hall.
The water tank was inspected in October. Public works director Jason Thomas told the City Council the tank is beyond repair due to corrosion and is considered to be the top priority water project for the city.
In addition to approving the capital outlay request, the City Council unanimously approved requesting a one-year extension for the replacement of a bridge on East Blanco Boulevard. The New Mexico Department of Transportation grant funding that the city received in 2015 for the project is due to expire in June. The request will give the city through June 2019 to complete the project. The grant includes about $420,000 from the state with a local match of about $140,000. The funds will be used to obtain rights of way and easements, relocate utilities, and complete environmental and right of way certifications.
The city also approved applying for a loan from the New Mexico Finance Authority to purchase a new fire pumper truck that will replace a 10-year-old apparatus. The current pumper spent 158 days in the repair shop in 2017.
The department has saved $200,000 in state fire funds to use for the purchase and requested an additional $250,000 to $300,000 in loan funding. It will use state fire funds to pay off the loan.
Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.