Taos County, town officials participate in Taos Youth and Family Center ribbon-cutting

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Taos County Commissioners Jim Fambro and Candyce O’Donnell, along with members of the management team attended a ribbon-cutting for the renovation of the Taos Youth and Family Center (TYFC) Nov 8.

The $1.1 million project, included stripping old stucco and siding; removing insulation; replacing, repairing and sealing rusted beams; and re-stuccoing the exterior. The roof of the ice rink and the roof above the TYFC reception area were also replaced. Construction time amounted to about 13 months and came in $60,000 under budget. The grant was awarded in October of 2016.

The work was completed with a Community Block Development Grant (CBDG), through the New Mexico Department of Finance, Local Government Division and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant was applied for and issued to Taos County and the Town of Taos, with each receiving $500,000 and completing a $50,000 match.

“We are proud to have worked with the town of Taos to secure this grant. We can accomplish great things when we work together,” said Fambro. “This project is an excellent example of local governments cooperating, and other state municipalities have taken notice of our success.”

While the joint application and grant award to municipalities is not unheard of, it is unusual.

Commissioner Fambro and town of Taos Mayor Dan Barrone lauded the work of Taos County Grants Administrator Lori Montoya and Construction Projects Manager Richard Sánchez and Town of Taos Grants and Revenue Development Director Lynda Perry for their work on making completion of the grant and project possible.

One of the impressive achievements of the project was the ability of swimming pool to remain open for program and recreational swimming throughout the construction period.

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