The Bayard City Council approved a work order for the Little League concession stand during a Monday meeting, but the project may not be done before next season begins.
The work order consists of a “topographic/utility location survey,” “geotechnical engineering” and design development. For these services, the total cost is $29,341.47, before gross receipts tax adds on another $2,347. George Esqueda, senior project manager for Stantec, said this project is Legislature-funded. Stantec Engineering is contracted as the city’s engineer.
“I know Little League starts in March,” he said. “Whether the building will be up and ready by then, I doubt it. It’s going to be rough to make it by March.”
Bayard Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Ortiz said there is still the design phase and bidding that must take place before construction of the project can begin. The bidding and construction phases will be four to four-and-a-half months long, Esqueda said.
Mayor Chon Fierro asked if pouring cement will be a problem during the winter, and Esqueda replied that usually isn’t a problem in the southern part of the state.
“Of course, you’ll have the foundation for the building, but I mean, we should be OK,” Esqueda said.
Bayard councilors hired a contractor for roadway and drainage improvements on Maple and East Elm streets. The project is funded by a Community Development Block Grant and two state co-op grants, Esqueda said. Two bids were received last month, with Diamond Construction Inc. having the lowest bid at $548,122.39, over Southwest Concrete & Paving Inc. at $697,010.45.
“However, Diamond Construction, the day after the bid opening, submitted a request to withdraw their bid due to manpower” shortages, Esqueda said.
So, councilors went with Southwest Concrete, at $751,900.02, including gross receipts tax.
“This, however, though, exceeds the total budget that you have available,” Esqueda said. “Basically, their total bid exceeds the amount of money you have by a little over $88,000.”
To save money, councilors approved the base bid only, meaning there won’t be any paving “of the existing dirt road on Maple Street.”
The Bayard City Council approved the hiring of three Cobre High School work-study students. Each will work two hours per day for $9.20 per hour, and one each will be assigned to city hall, the Police Department and the Bayard Public Library.
Ralph Marquez talked about flooding problems he is having at his home on McKee Street.
“The city will be working with property owners in the area to find a remedy for the flooding,” Ortiz said.
Councilors increased Bayard Police Chief Lee Alirez’s pay by $2 per hour — rising from $25 to $27 hourly — and Humane Officer Armando Jimenez’s pay by $1.75 per hour — from $10 to $11.75. Both were moved from their introductory period to “regular status.”
Ortiz, who sits on the countywide Complete Count Committee, updated councilors on preparations for the 2020 census.
“The Complete Count Committee has received a grant from the state, through their census program, of about $30,000,” she said. “I’m hoping that Bayard will get about $4,000 out of that to use for promotional items.”
This money will be used to print flyers for utility customers.
“My goal is to — during the self-reporting period, which is about mid-March to the end of April — utilize city staff and our work-study to encourage the residents to come in and do online reporting,” Ortiz said. “They can feel comfortable coming to city hall and having our staff help them report online, for those who aren’t comfortable using the computer.”
C.P. Thompson may be reached at cp@scdaily press.com.