Farmington will consider study for aquatic center

Council will also decide on whether to approve amendment to purchase contract with AV Water Co.

Hannah Grover
Paul Lehrman and his daughter, Jessie Lehrman, swim on May 30, 2015, at Brookside Pool in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — The city of Farmington may approve a contract on Tuesday for a feasibility study that would look at options for an outdoor aquatic center.

The council prioritized the aquatic facility after closing Brookside Pool earlier this year because of safety concerns.

The City Council will have a closed session at the end of Tuesday's meeting to discuss awarding the project to FBT Architects.

In addition to discussing the aquatic facility, the council will likely approve an amendment to its purchase contract with AV Water Co.

Mike Duke, aquatics manager for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department, talks on April 26 about issues at Brookside Pool

AV Water Co. attorney Germaine Chappelle said the amended agreement would allow AV Water Co. to purchase more water from the city if needed.

The private water company began purchasing water from the city this summer to solve issues with turbidity in its water system. Customers in the Morningstar system of AV Water Co. were on a boil water advisory from June 3 to Sept. 1.

The previous agreement with the city allowed AV Water Co. to receive 500 gallons of water per minute. The amended agreement would increase that to 750 gallons per minute, up to 32.4 million gallons each month.

The Farmington City Council will also have a special meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday to discuss pollution control revenue refunding bonds.

Also next week, the Aztec City Commission, Bloomfield City Council and San Juan County Commission will meet. Bloomfield City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss amending its utility ordinance.

San Juan County Commission will likely approve property tax rates during a meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Aztec City Commission will discuss its electric power transmission agreement with the city of Farmington during its meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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