City Council voted unanimously during its monthly meeting Thursday in favor of two resolutions that will improve the city’s roads and trails in the interest of public safety.
Council approved a resolution to notify the New Mexico Department of Transportation that the city will budget the necessary funding for a proposed roadway project application.
The project, which involves new pavement and sidewalk repairs, would eventually affect North Main Street to Husky Road. The project would put sidewalks along the street as a safety precaution for pedestrians.
The other approved resolution will also notify the NMDOT of the city’s willingness to budget for another proposed project, which would place solar power lighting along Spring River Recreation Trail from Riverside Drive east to Nevada Street.
Councilor Dusty Huckabee said the lack of lighting on the path has posed danger to many of the early morning joggers and walkers.
“This is another step toward safety for walkers and people who use the parks,” he said.
If the applications are accepted by NMDOT, the organization would provide most of the funding for the projects, but it would cost the city more than $378,500 and more than $19,000, respectively.
In other business, the council also approved renaming the Girls and Women’s Wool Bowl Softball Complex to honor Charles McVay, an influential figure in the sport’s prominence. The Charles McVay Memorial Softball Complex will also feature a wall of honor to acknowledge other individuals who exhibited the same character and skill as McVay.
Many came to council chambers to show their support of the name change, including Amy Davis, McVay’s daughter. The room erupted with cheers and applause following the council’s decision.
Huckabee said the project has been discussed for more than a year. The complex is still in the process of renovation. “We’re going to start seeing sports tourism in Roswell,” he said. “It’s going to be really good for the young people of Roswell.”
The council also voted to name the forthcoming dog park at Wool Bowl as Woof Bowl Dog Park.