A regional economic development group hosted its annual capital outlay application workshop Wednesday, advising local of ficials to have their requests ready in the event funds come from the state Legislature.
Hubert Quintana, executive director of the Southeastern New Mexico Economic Development District, told about a half dozen local officials who attended the workshop that he expects there will be â€œa little bitâ€ of severance tax funding doled out by state lawmakers in the upcoming 60-day session.
â€œWe hold these workshops every year just to make sure people know how to fill out the paperwork,â€ said Quintana, adding, â€œeverybody knows theyâ€™re going to be real low this year.â€
The city of Roswell will likely be submitting applications for four projects, said Michael Vickers, city planner. On the cityâ€™s wish list is funding for the Wool Bowl Softball Complex, playground equipment for city parks, light pole funding for the Historic Chihuahuita District and funds for paving additional roads in South Park Cemetery.
According to Quintana, another workshop will be held in late December or early January, where officials will present their proposals to local lawmakers in seeking their support. Also, Roswellâ€™s mayor, city manager, support services administrator and city planner will likely meet in the near future to discuss possible projects, said Floyd Lard, Roswellâ€™s support services administrator.
â€œYou have to stay in the game,â€ said Lard, adding that if the city officials didnâ€™t apply for capital outlay, they definitely wouldnâ€™t receive any. The Southeastern New Mexico Economic Development District has similar workshops scheduled for today in Ruidoso Village Hall and Otero County Commission chambers.