Mag Trustees vote for water system project

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At Monday night’s Magdalena Board of Trustees meeting, trustees voted to apply for a community block grant to upgrade the village water system.

At two public hearings in December, village residents presented ideas for infrastructure projects that could be funded with community block grants.

One of the ideas put on the table were upgrades to the village water system. The present telemetry system that remotely activates the well pump to maintain proper water levels in storage tanks needs to be fixed. The other water system infrastructure improvement would be adding a secondary well to serve as a backup to the single well supplying all of the village’s water.

Village Clerk/Treasurer Rita Broaddus was directed to begin applying for the grant, but she said work on the project won’t get started for several months.

“We won’t know until May if the project has been funded,” she said in an interview after the meeting. “Work probably won’t start until late summer. Santa Fe has to put together all the paperwork and contracts. Sometimes that takes between four to six weeks.”

She said the village needs to get bids for an engineer. Even though there is a design plan in place, an engineer needs to be hired to evaluate the plan.

“Then we have to get bids for a contractor to do the work,” she said.

Broaddus said the backup well will be connected to the existing water system, which will reduce the cost considerably.

The village has a backup pump for the existing well, she said, but having a separate backup well provides additional security for village households.

The trustees voted unanimously to pursue funding for the water system project. Trustee Tommy Torres was absent.

In other business:

  • No decision was made in executive session about a possible pending disciplinary action concerning a deputy marshal, Rita Broaddus said after the meeting. The trustees voted to hire Don Lyles as a permanent full-time deputy marshal. Lyles had been hired as a temporary marshal. He joins three other full-time marshals in the department: Larry Cearley, Rick Lopez and Farel Lilienthal.
  • The next trustees meeting was changed from Jan. 21, a federal holiday, to Jan. 22 at 6 p.m.