City Council met Thursday night and passed initiatives [auth] that will keep Roswell beautiful and entertained.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation agreement was approved during the meeting. Funding will be supplied to repair the bricks on Main Street from approximately 11th to Alameda streets and from the Hondo River to the Spring River. The total project will cost $76,000 with $56,000 coming from the Highway Department. City Engineer Louis Najar said that the decorative brick sidewalks and the regular sidewalks in the downtown area will be repaired. He said that 34 areas have already been identified as needing repairs and bricks from those areas will be pulled up and replaced. Drip systems will also be installed to water the plants downtown.
Council member Dusty Huckabee, who also is a member of the Streets and Alleys Committee, said the improvements are necessary as the city continues to attract more tourists.
“Our sidewalks down there are lifting. Our trees are growing up and so they’re coming back and fixing all of that,” he said. “We have planters downtown for our plants and they’re going to hook up a drip system for that so we’ll have green plants down there year-round. We’re trying to get more greenery in the sidewalks down there because it just takes the harshness off all the concrete and the asphalt. We have a lot of people coming through our downtown now and we want to make them feel comfortable while they’re here.”
A Lodger’s Tax funding request was also approved and $500 will be appropriated toward the city’s annual Halloween celebration, Thrill the World, the Zombie Walk costume contest. The event is set to take place Oct. 27.
There was also an update from the Roswell Police Department and Fire Department, something Mayor Del Jurney hopes will become a regular occurrence at the meetings. Police Chief Al Solis spoke on police training and recruitment and reported that 640 arrests were made in September, from misdemeanors to felonies, but noted that it is “not to say there’s an influx of crime, but people are doing their jobs.”