Village Board selects engineer for water rehab

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The Magdalena Village Board accepted a proposal from King Industries of Alto to perform future work on the municipal water system, including the rehabilitation of the three existing wells.

Justin King of King Industries submitted his Proposal for Professional Services, which laid out his qualifications

for doing future work on the village’s wells and municipal water system.

“It essentially is my resume,” King said.

The proposal details King Industries’ work history in the state of New Mexico, the current amount of work being done in the village and provides a breakdown of the percentage of water-related work being done in Magdalena. “Right now we’re doing about 40 percent,” he said.

King’s current contract with the village began in June, 2013 and expires on June 1 of this year.

“All they’ve done is approve the mayor to be able to negotiate a new contract for this year, which would also have to be approved by the board,” King said. “We won’t have a new contract with the village until July, and that’s if and when the work is approved, based on what’s listed in the RFP.”

King said no work will commence until the Board gives its approval. The Magdalena Water Team will also give the Board its recommendations on any future work to be done.

King discussed the issues with members of the newly formed Magdalena Water Team after the Board meeting.

“After meeting with three of its members, I think they were very happy with the proposal and supportive of the village,” he said. “I welcome all of their input.”

King emphasized what he considered were the priorities.

“We’ve got three wells to bring up to compliance, that’s first,” King said. “Then, replace water lines and consider new sources of water, and other items that fall underneath that. What the village would need over the next three to four years.”

King Industries has worked with the village from the beginning of the water crisis last June.

In other business:

Mayor Sandy Julian said roof work on the building at Magdalena Municipal Airport should begin in the spring. The village will going out for bids on May 1 for paving the runway. She said the strobe lights also need to be fixed. All work will be accomplished through an existing maintenance grant, she said.

The board decided to retain Richard Rumpf as Acting Fire Chief for six months, after which the Trustees will consider appointing him as permanent Fire Chief.

The board approved a request by Utilities Director Steve Bailey to attend the New Mexico Rural Water Association 36th Annual Conference in Albuquerque for $225 registration fee, plus per diem.

The board approved a request by Diego Montoya, the villages New Mexico Film Liaison, to pay mileage for his trip to Santa Fe on Feb. 10.

The board approved a request by Bailey to replace two tires on the department’s Chevrolet Tahoe at a cost of $125 per tire plus mounting at TNT Tires.

The board decided to put two older Marshal’s vehicles, both 2006 Ford Crown Victorias, up for bids.

One with a starting bid of $1,200 and the other for $200. The two cars were given to the Marshal’s office by Eddy County.

The next Village Board meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m.