Town calls special meeting for water, wastewater contract


The Taos Town Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Council Chambers to discuss several items related to the town's water and wastewater systems that serve thousands of Taos residents and businesses.

The council will hear a presentation from SMA Operations, an engineering firm with offices across the southwest, and will vote to continue their contract with the town for the third consecutive year. The contract calls for a $922,752 agreement for the operation and maintenance of the facility for fiscal year 2018-19.

During the meeting the council will also vote on the approval of the Community Development Block Grant of $750,000 for the improvement of water systems in the area. Planned improvements to town wells No. 4 and No. 5, as well as a storage tank in No. 8, will cost an estimated $264,850, according to the town. Work for these improvements was scheduled to start June 12. The grant will give the town a chance to upgrade the water systems following an April incident where two town pumps failed,causing the town to enact Stage 5 water restrictions.

The council will also discuss an agreement between the town and the New Mexico Department of Transportation for the relocation and reconstruction of sanitary sewer and water lines along the scope of the repairs on State Road 68 and State Road 64. SMA Operations will oversee the project and the town will cover the costs of the operation as well as an additional six percent as per the agreement if the council passes the motion.

DOT will be reconstructing the roadway and the town requested the relocation of the waterways in the process.