Area communities receive grant money

CNJ staff

Local municipalities are set to receive $1.5 million of allocations in Community Development Block Grant money.

The allocations, made Wednesday in Albuquerque, were part of five, granted to entities within the Eastern Plains Council of Governments, which helped lobby for the monies.

Gregg Williams, director of economic development for EPCOG, said he was pleased with the results of last week.

“This is probably the only funding some of the smaller communities have (after) capital outlay was pulled back,” Williams said.

The local grant recipients are:

• Roosevelt County: The $500,000 will go toward improvements at the senior center.

• Tucumcari: The $500,000 will go toward water system improvements.

• Melrose: The village will use the $500,000 on wastewater improvements.

Municipalities belonging to EPCOG received nearly $2 million in allocations, including $442,635 for water system improvements in Santa Rosa and $420,000 in street and drainage improvements in Mosquero.

Counties included in EPCOG are Roosevelt, Curry, Quay, Union, Harding, De Baca and Guadalupe.

Dolores Gonzales, bureau chief for the Community Development Bureau, said the timetable for drawing on the money depends on many factors.

“Our process is that once the governor signs the actual grants,” said Gonzales, “we do an award letter to those 35 communities.“

That process should happen later this week, she said.

Following that, municipalities come to a grant agreement, and can start drawing the money when grant conditions ranging from engineering to environmental reviews are met.

Some entities, she said, start the process prior to fund allocation.