Bernalillo County will now begin the process of evaluating and ranking the capital improvement project requests received from the community. Approximately 80 percent of the total 179 project requests were submitted via the county’s new online feature. The deadline to submit a project request was May 17.
“We are very pleased with the effectiveness of the online project request process,” says County Manager Tom Zdunek. “Almost effortlessly, and more importantly, at their liberty, residents were able to submit their project request and receive a confirmation number by which to follow up on that project request.”
The confirmation number will allow residents to access information about how their project was evaluated, as well as where it ranks among projects of its same type.
“Now the real work begins,” says Jarvis Middleton, Deputy County Manager of the Public Works Division. “Each and every project request will be analyzed by internal subject matter experts to determine how much the project would cost.”
After all of the project requests are analyzed, evaluated and ranked, they will be reviewed and prioritized by the county manager and the Board of County Commissioners. During the Nov. 6 general election, the public will vote on whether to approve the general obligation bonds that will fund the projects.
All of the projects’ evaluation information will become available in early November.
Public meetings were held around the county to gather project ideas from citizens and neighborhood groups. Projects ideas were also generated by county staff who see and are aware of the needs of the community as well.
A “capital improvement” is defined as a substantial, physical asset with a useful life of 10 years or greater. Capital improvement projects from past bond cycles include the Deputy James McGrane Public Safety Complex in the East Mountains, the Bachechi Open Space in the North Valley and the Eubank Boulevard road construction project in the northeast heights.
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