Councilors will meet Tuesday morning at City Hall

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FARMINGTON — The city of Farmington has been considering names for the future aquatic center at Brookside Park for months.

The City Council will continue those discussions during its Tuesday morning work session at Farmington City Hall, 800 N. Municipal Drive.

Some of the names considered in the past include Brookside's Bisti Bay and the Brookside Water Park.

The council also will enter into a closed session to discuss requests for proposals for the construction of the aquatic center.

The city is using refinanced bonds to build a water park featuring a lazy river and water slides. The water park will replace the Brookside Pool, which was closed in 2016 because of health and safety concerns.

During its closed session, the council also will discuss the third phase of the 20th Street Sidewalk project. The project has included making sidewalks more accessible for people with disabilities and burying utility lines. The council may award a contract for the project after the closed session.

The council also will discuss the 2018 Community Development Block Grant funding. The city will receive more than $350,000 from the federal government through the CDBG program. The council will discuss how to allocate those funds. In the past, the city has given 15 percent of the CDBG funds to nonprofit organizations such as Identity Inc., Northwest New Mexico Seniors and Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Juan County.

At the end of the Tuesday work session, the City Council will enter into another closed session to discuss a case the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is hearing regarding the Public Service Company of New Mexico and the AV Water Co. foreclosure case in district court.

The meeting can be viewed live online at fmtn.org.

Bloomfield council will discuss water line

The city of Bloomfield’s water storage tank on the hill above City Hall needs to be replaced, according to the city staff. The city applied for capital outlay funds from the state to replace the tank because of its aging and corroded condition. Bloomfield must install a bypass to get water to the northern and eastern portions of the water system before the city shuts down the tank.

In a memo in the City Council packet, City Manager George Duncan recommends contracting with CHC Engineers out of Durango, Colorado, to install the bypass water line and pressure-reducing valve station.

If the City Council approves the contract during its 6 p.m. Monday meeting, Bloomfield will pay about $11,000 for the work.

The council also will enter into a closed session. The agenda states that the purpose of the session is to discuss limited personnel, but it does not state which employee position it will discuss.

The council meets at City Hall, 915 N. 1st St.

County Commission, CCSD board scheduled to meet

The San Juan County Commission is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, but no agenda was posted online Friday afternoon.

The Central Consolidated School District board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Bond Wilson Technical Center, 540 County Road 6580 in Kirtland.

Board members will convene in executive session to hear a personnel report from acting Superintendent Terri Benn and to meet with legal counsel about the possible ramifications of hiring and negotiating an employment contract for an interim or acting superintendent, according to the agenda.

The board accepted Colleen Bowman's resignation as superintendent on April 27 after she and the board did not reach an agreement on a contract for the 2018-2019 school year.

Bowman is on paid leave until her contract ends on June 30, according to the district.

After reconvening in open session, the board will discuss contracting for consultant services to assist the search for an interim superintendent and new superintendent, the agenda states.

Reporter Noel Lyn Smith contributed to this report.

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

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