Water Authority cash is tight

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor

Money has been tight and it’s going to be tighter in the short term for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority.

At its monthly meeting Wednesday in Portales the authority voted to rescind acceptance of two grant-loan agreements with New Mexico’s Water Trust Board, totaling $3.52 million. The issue came up after some members expressed concern that they hadn’t been given enough time to present the agreements to their individual entity.

Orlando Ortega Jr., mayor of Portales, who occupies the city’s seat on the authority, complained that he didn’t feel he had adequate documentation on the agreements prior to the meeting and wasn’t given time to present it to his fellow councilors.

“What I’d like to do is take these items back to my finance committee for review and discussion,” Ortega said.

Authority Chairman David Lansford said he felt a unanimous vote