The City of Carlsbad continued to take steps for rehabilitation work at the Bataan Sewer Lift Station during the Oct. 12 Carlsbad City Council meeting.
Councilors approved a measure seeking bids for construction companies to perform impending work at the Lift Station located on the southside of Greene Street on the east side of the Pecos River, read a memorandum from City of Carlsbad Utilities Director Ron Myers to City Council.
“This past year the City was awarded a grant from the State of New Mexico in the amount of $ 1.4 million to fund this project,” he wrote.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway said the Bataan Lift Station is the oldest in Carlsbad and needs replacement.
The Bataan Sewer Lift Station was a major priority for the City of Carlsbad’s Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP) for fiscal years 2023 through 2027, per the City of Carlsbad website.
The City sought $1.5 million for 2023, according to the ICIP. Estimated total cost of the project was around $3 million.
Aug. 24 City Council approved a New Mexico Capital Outlay Appropriation for work at the Bataan Sewer Lift Station.
The New Mexico Legislature’s website, stated Capital Outlay funds were used to build, improve, or equip physical property that would be used by the public.
City of Carlsbad Deputy City Administrator KC Cass said the current structure was run down and needed replacement.
Once work is completed, he said the Bataan Sewer Lift Station would be a modern edifice.
In the memo, Myers said the Wastewater Collections Department has completed engineering and design work to rehabilitate and upgrade the Bataan Sewer Lift Station.
Councilors voted to start the bidding process for work on Rose Street sewer improvements.
“The Wastewater Collections Department has completed engineering and design work for the construction of a sewer force main extension from the east end of Rose Street to Old Cavern Highway,” Myers wrote in another memo to City Council.
The $360,000 project would provide sewer infrastructure to support the rapid residential property growth east of Old Cavern Highway and south of Farris Street, the memo read.
According to the ICIP, the City plans to extend sewer pipe at the east end of Rose Street to discharge sewer waste into a manhole at Rose Street and Old Cavern Highway.
“Both of these projects are important because of our population growth and an increased need for capacity,” Janway said.
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