SANTA FE – Luna County will benefit from the Lujan Grisham administration’s $9.75 million in essential infrastructure projects in rural communities all across New Mexico.
“We worked closely with our local Council Of Governments (COG) representative and applied for the Community Development Block Grant or CDBG. We had already applied for and were granted $750,000 through legislative capital outlay funding for the January 2020 session,” Luna County Manager Chris Brice told the Headlight on Tuesday.
“We used that funding as a match to apply for another $750,000 through CDBG. “The committee felt our project and application were exceptional and approved our CDBG project and funding in the amount of $749,077.
“We intend to use the nearly 1.5 million dollars to renovate the rehabilitation building on Slate Street. This will be the new home for the Department of Health services as well as the Parents as Teachers program.”
Brice added, “The current location on Silver Street is no longer tenable and refurbishing that building would be even more costly. These services are vital to our community and they deserve to be in a building that they can offer those services to the best of their ability.”
Luna County’s Community Health and Well-Being program consists of departments that service the county and Hidalgo County as well. Departments include:
• The Healing House (Luna County shelter for victims of domestic violence)
• Luna Health Council
• Parents as Teachers (also serving Hidalgo County)
• Partners for Success II
• Juvenile Justice and Continuum Service and Literacy
• CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
• Teen Outreach
• Adult Identity Mentoring
The projects include water and sewer system improvements, wastewater treatment upgrades, streets and drainage fixes, accommodations for individuals with disabilities at public facilities, senior center construction and more.
The New Mexico Community Development Council, composed of Lujan Grisham administration officials and appointees, will invest the Community Development Block Grants in municipal and county governments.
The projects are:
• $750,000 to Anthony for street and drainage improvements on Acosta Road
• $750,000 to Bayard for sewer system improvements
• $750,000 to Clovis for construction and improvements at the Hillcrest Senior Center
• $703,830 to Dexter for water system improvements
• $750,000 to Fort Sumner for upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant
• $1 million to Gallup for a street and drainage improvement project on West Logan Avenue
• $749,077 to Luna County for renovations and expansions at the county health complex
• $750,000 to Mora County for an upgrade to emergency and communication services infrastructure
• $728,346 to Otero County for improvements to public facilities
• $750,000 to Ruidoso for water and sewer system improvements
• $750,000 to San Juan County for Americans with Disabilities Act improvements at various county facilities
• $750,000 to San Miguel County for a road and drainage project
• $652,596 to Silver City for water system improvements in Chihuahua Hill
• $750,000 to Socorro for street and drainage improvements on Cuba Road
Eligible applicants included all counties and incorporated municipalities except the cities of Albuquerque, Farmington, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho and Santa Fe, which are so-called “entitlement” cities that receive funding directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Tribes and pueblos also receive funds directly from HUD.
The council also set aside $1.5 million in Community Development Block Grants for local economic development projects in rural New Mexico communities; the state Department of Finance and Administration will review previously submitted applications from local governments.
“Governor Lujan Grisham understands that investments in safe, reliable infrastructure are important steps towards a more vibrant economy,” said Victor Reyes, the governor’s legislative director and chairman of the council. “These investments touch every corner of our state. They represent opportunities to create jobs and improve quality of life for hardworking New Mexicans.”
This article originally appeared on Deming Headlight: Luna County shares in $9.75M for rural infrastructure improvements from state