Farmington council looks for project funding
FARMINGTON — The City Council is scheduled to consider two Transportation Alternatives Program grant applications during a meeting Tuesday evening.
The TAP grant applications are due to the New Mexico Department of Transportation by November.
City officials likely will apply for a $2 million grant for the revitalization project for downtown Farmington and a more than $1 million grant for development of the planned Anesi Park, which will be located on the east side of the city along the Animas River trail. City Manager Rob Mayes said the park will be an extension of the Animas River trails system. The city already has purchased the property where Anesi Park will be built.
City officials have been working with the nonprofit River Reach Foundation to create trails systems along the Animas River. Mayes said last year the city used a rural trails system grant to build a portion of the trail along County Road 3000 between Farmington and Flora Vista.
Mayes said the downtown revitalization plan and Anesi Park are two high-priority projects that the city currently does not have the funds to complete.
"We're aggressively seeking funding for these projects," Mayes said.
The city has sent out a request for bids for final designs for the downtown revitalization project.
"We do feel that once our design documents are complete, we'll be more competitive at applying for grants," Mayes said.
Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.