Governor vetoes funding for projects in county

Noel Lyn Smith

FARMINGTON – Nearly $300,000 for capital outlay projects in San Juan County was vetoed on Wednesday by Gov. Susana Martinez.

San Juan County

The governor vetoed $150,000 for a multipurpose building in the Tooh Haltsooí Chapter and $75,000 for a power line extension project in the Tsé Daa K’aan Chapter.

In addition, she vetoed $40,000 for water line construction in the Huerfano Chapter and $25,000 for construction of a veterans memorial park in the Newcomb Chapter.

Overall, Martinez vetoed a total of $1.2 million for 16 projects on the Navajo Nation in San Juan and McKinley counties.

Among the chapters in McKinley County to have funding vetoed were the Chichiltah Chapter, which saw $150,000 vetoed for a wastewater lagoon system and $90,000 vetoed for bathroom additions.

On the Navajo Nation, there were 35 projects seeking approximately $3.2 million in capital outlay funding, according to a press release from the tribe’s Office of the President and Vice President.

The governor approved approximately $4.8 million for projects throughout San Juan County, according to data compiled by New Mexico In Depth.

The Flora Vista Mutual Domestic Water Association will receive $3 million to plan, design and construct a wastewater system for the community. That amount is the highest for any project in the county.

Martinez approved $550,000 for the Villa View Detention Ponds in Farmington. The ponds are intended to help mitigate flooding in the city's northeast area and along East Main Street. In February, the Farmington City Council approved a bid from Bohannan Huston Inc. of Albuquerque to complete design plans for the ponds.

Other projects approved by Martinez included $222,000 for the planning, design and construction of an alternative water supply diversion in Bloomfield, and $200,000 to acquire rights of way and to plan and design a bridge that would cross the San Juan River in the San Juan Chapter.

A project to design and construct a wastewater system on the south side of Shiprock will receive $100,000. Martinez also approved $200,000 for street and traffic lights installation and improvements in Shiprock.

She approved $124,000 to design, construct and furnish a new senior citizens center in the Upper Fruitland Chapter.

The chapter held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility in September 2014, and chapter officials have been working on securing additional funding for the project since then.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-546-4636.