Counties await Richardson’s signature for capital outlay projects

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico

Several area counties are waiting on the signature by Gov. Bill
Richardson on Senate Bill 443, which passed with a 65-0 vote Saturday
in the House.

The bill will reauthorize and extend the time for several of the
counties’ existing capital outlay projects, said Sen. Carlos R.
Cisneros, D-Questa.

In Curry County, the funds to build a new criminal justice complex
have been reauthorized to renovate the Curry County Courthouse and
perform a feasibility study for the construction of the complex, said
Mark Lansford, Curry County finance director.

“We did not feel that the $300,000 we received three years ago would
be enough to build the complex,” Lansford said. “Now we can look into
building the complex and perform much needed repairs and renovations to
the courthouse.”

Eastern New Mexico University had received funds to build a new
agricultural building. But the reauthorization will allow for an
existing building to be renovated, said Steven Gamble, ENMU president.

“There was not enough capital outlay funds to construct a new
building,” Gamble said. “We also received an extension for the purchase
of equipment for ENMU’s Speech and Hearing Rehabilitation Outreach
Center.”

Curry County

• Clovis Criminal Justice Complex Development split of $300,000.

• Curry County Courthouse renovations split of $300,000.

• Grady fire truck.

De Baca County

• De Baca County Clerk’s Office Information technology purchase.

Roosevelt

• Eastern New Mexico University Agricultural facility expand purpose $110,000.