City hopes to see prompt construction project completion

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer

Some city councilors would like to see more promptness in the completion of construction projects in which the City of Portales receives money from the New Mexico Department of Finance Administration.

City councilors approved an amendment to a $466,528 grant agreement with NMDFA to include that all expenditures from the community development block grants be submitted within 25 days of grant termination. The grant is for curb and gutter improvements in the north part of Portales.

Jake Lopez, city councilor said he would have liked to see construction on street repairs in the north part of Portales under way by now.

Debi Lee, city manager, said the city of Portales received the grant agreement in April or May.

Lee said one of the delays is receiving design plans from the architect. The city has a contract with Chad Lydick Engineering of Clovis. As an example she said the designs of the streetscaping in the downtown area took about eight months to receive.

Alfred Bachicha, city councilor was concerned about the turnaround time on the design plans. Lee said Lydick Engineering does good work but may have a heavy workload because it is one of the few engineering firms in Curry and Roosevelt counties.

Lee said an option to explore is to put out a request for proposals in June and add language to the proposal which requires design plans from the architect hired to be complete within a certain time frame such as 60 or 90 days.
Jeremy Sturm, economic development director, said he’s hoping construction will begin in March with completion by the end of 2006.

• City councilors awarded a bid to construct a fire station roof for the Portales Fire Department station to Construction Services for $54,200. The fire station has three separate roofs and the initial bid was for construction of all of the roofs. However, the bids came back over the amount received through a $50,000 grant from the New Mexico Department of Finance Administration.

The initial bids for the entire roof work were $217,371 from Newt and Butch’s Roofing and Sheet Metal in Clovis, $156,975 from Jeff Eubank Roofing Company Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas and $124,850 from Construction Services in Lubbock, Texas.

City councilors approved having Construction Services complete the first phase of the project for $54,200. The roof will be replaced over the living quarters of the firemen. Roofing over an equipment room and offices are the next phases.

• City councilors approved a request that council declare a 1999 Crown Victoria surplus equipment and to be given to the Portales Schools District for their use.