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Commissioners to vote on landfill life-extension work

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The Sandoval County Commission is expected at its Thursday meeting to accept a $3.5 million bid for construction at the county landfill and to authorize contract negotiations for four cells to extend the life of the landfill by eight years.

The commissioners are also expected to vote on a plan for refinancing $55 million in debt from bonds the county issued in 2005.

Landfill construction

If the county manager obtains that approval from the commissioners, he will enter into a contract with H. R. Construction Inc. of Albuquerque, which submitted the lowest bid for the project.

The bid evaluation, provided by Gordon Environmental Inc., shows the cell construction at the landfill will involve soil excavation, compacting and grading, trenches with various liners, backfill with protective soil, as well as piping, gravel and geotextile to extract water rainwater that leaches through the landfill.

The New Mexico Finance Authority loaned the county about $7 million last year to make improvements to the landfill, located at Idalia and Iris roads, which will keep it in operation until at least 2029.

In February, the commissioners voted to pay PNM $2.03 million to relocate transmission lines on an easement that runs through the middle of the landfill. That move creates additional space at the landfill.

The county is following its plan of using the remaining amount from the loan to purchase equipment, such as an additional compactor, and to cover construction costs.

Refinancing debt

In other business, the commissioners are expected to discuss refinancing of county debt.

The commissioners will vote on a plan to reduce the county’s interest obligations on the $55 million bonds passed by the commission in 2005. The idea is to find a better interest rate on the bonds and pass along debt service savings to the county.

If nothing changes, the county will go from paying $6.25 million in principal and $3.95 million in interest in 2014 on its long-term debt, to paying $11.02 million in principal and $3.49 million in interest in 2016, according to the county’s FY2013 audit.

The 2005 bonds were backed by money Intel Corp. promised to pay the county in exchange for a $16 billion industrial revenue bond.

When the county commission was considering the proposal from Intel, then-Commission Chairman Daymon Ely urged approval of the bond deal and said the county needed to act quickly to take advantage of low interest rates, according to an October 2004 report in the Albuquerque Journal.

CYFD contract

A contract for work with at-risk youth also appears on the agenda.

The commissioners will vote on whether to approve an agreement, for as much as $343,950, between the county and the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department for juvenile justice services.

That amount represents a decline from two years ago. According to a September 2011 county commission agenda item on the county website, the CYFD contract that year totaled $638,000.

The CYFD funds would pay for a juvenile justice continuum coordinator, a learning lab as an alternative to suspension for at-risk youth, academic instruction and life-skills training for students suspended from middle and high school, and a drop-off center for youth who have had contact with law enforcement.

Other business

At their last meeting, the commissioners voted to award DHF Technical Products Inc., a precious metals company, $200,000 to renovate the building it plans to move into this year.

The county should receive a reimbursement from the state, through Local Economic Development Act funding, county spokesman Sidney Hill said.

On Thursday, the commissioners will vote on whether to approve an intergovernmental agreement with the New Mexico Economic Development Department and a project participation agreement with DHF, both of which are required steps to obtain LEDA funds.

The county’s labor-management relations board could gain a new member. The commissioners will vote on whether to accept the recommendation of Frank Marquez, a former county administrator and probate judge, from the New Mexico Coalition of Public Safety Officers.

Earlier this month, the commissioners approved a compromise pay raise for sheriff’s deputies, though it might be superseded in a few months, pending an arbitration decision on the county’s contract with the union.

The commissioners will vote on adjusting the funding for the soccer complex in Bernalillo, based on $8,222 the county received from the state.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. Thursday in the commission chambers at the county administration building, 1500 Idalia Road, Building D, Bernalillo.

 

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