Bond money expenditures
1. Fire station at South Meadows Road and N.M. 599: $4.5 million
A new fire station is needed to provide emergency coverage to a southwest-side area that the city annexed from Santa Fe County. The 13,000-square-foot station would house three fire and emergency management vehicles and as many as six fire department personnel.
2. Repairs at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center: $4.3 million
The 170,000-square-foot multiuse recreation center has experienced consistent maintenance issues since it opened in 2000. Leaky roofs and broken dehumidifiers that caused drips from the ceiling and closed basketball courts were expensive headaches earlier this decade. Now the city plans to replace the center’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment; install new skylights; repave the parking lot and make other fixes to the facility to prevent “unnecessary closure” and extend its longevity.
3. Replacement of the city’s public safety radio system: $3.5 million
The radio system used by city police and firefighters will be out of date in 2020. The current system was installed in 2001. An upgrade to a new communication system for first responders, dispatchers and field vehicles is needed to ensure emergency services requires new equipment like antennas, repeaters and radios.
4. Repairs at the Salvador Perez Recreation Complex: $2.45 million
The midtown exercise center and pool is underinsulated, and the city says the problem is a “destabilizing factor” to the structure, which stands at risk of further corrosion. Bond funds will be spent to rehab the “insulative envelope” and the roof over the pool as well as to replace the facility’s HVAC equipment. Also needed are remodeled locker rooms, as the existing ones are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
5. Plans for the future of the midtown campus: $1.1 million
The city-owned former Santa Fe University of Art and Design campus stands largely vacant. City officials have been deliberate in soliciting public input on the future of the St. Michael’s Drive campus, which has resulted in a vague plan for mixed uses, including housing and continued film and media production. The bond funds would be split between a land-use development plan ($400,000) and site preparation ($700,000). Site preparation will include removing or renovating what remains of the old army barracks on the property and an evaluation of possible demolition of additional buildings.
6. Repairs at Fort Marcy Recreation Complex: $700,000
The downtown exercise center has experienced various closures this year as the city has conducted work on the gymnasium ceiling and weight room. Still to come: New dehumidifier equipment in the pool area, a new door at the family locker room and a replaced sewer line at the nearby ballpark that will allow public restrooms there to reopen.
7. Repairs at City Hall: $600,000
Deferred maintenance projects at City Hall, 200 Lincoln Ave., include ceiling rehab work and a roof replacement.
8. Repairs at city facilities on Siler Road: $580,000
City buildings on Siler Road house various divisions, including parks, streets, drainage and environmental services. The offices require a roof replacement and new HVAC equipment.
9. Soccer improvements at the Municipal Recreation Complex: $500,000
Funds would provide additional turf fields and lighting at the soccer fields on Caja del Rio Road. The city Finance Department says Santa Fe County will match the city’s funds as regional partners seek to establish a soccer complex that will serve as host to regional tournaments on the site.
10. Art in Public Places: $400,000
The city is obligated by ordinance to provide 2 percent of the bond proceeds to the Art in Public Places program, administered by the Santa Fe Arts Commission.
11. Restoration of various bridges: $235,000
Six bridges on the city’s trail system will be selected to restore “extremely dangerous conditions,” as noted by the city Finance Department. Twelve possible bridges are ranked by priority in the city’s bond packet.
12. Expanded cafeteria at Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center: $235,000
The Alto Street senior center, owned by the city, is the largest of the five overseen by the city (the other four are owned by the Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority). A $200,000 chunk of the $235,000 expected to be spent to expand the cafeteria at the Mary Esther Gonzales Center came from the state Aging and Long-Term Services Department. That award will revert to the state in June if it is not spent. An expanded cafeteria is needed, the city says, as participants in five-days-a-week meals at the center have increased.
13. Installation of a new “public safety wireless network”: $200,000
A series of police surveillance cameras installed across the city. Police say the cameras will both deter crime and assist arriving officers in providing live “intelligence” of developing crime scenes.
14. Southside Branch Library repairs: $165,000
The water harvesting system at the library on Jaguar Drive is “defunct.” A new system, the city says, will both demonstrate its commitment to carbon neutrality and serve as a sustainability example to the community.
15. Fixes at the Main Library: $155,000
The library on Washington Avenue requires repairs and replacements of the aging elevator and its sliding doors to remain compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
16. Repairs at the city’s Siringo Road offices: $120,000
City functions like purchasing and police records are housed at a midtown complex on Siringo Road. HVAC equipment needs to be replaced, and carpet and new ceilings will be installed.
17. Matching funds for grants at the Santa Fe Regional Airport: $100,000
The money will be reserved to match funds from federal and state grants and secure improvements at the airport.
18. Installation of a new constituent request management system: $100,000
A new online system will allow city residents to submit requests for service and find answers to frequently asked questions. The new system also will allow city staff to track requests and trends on reported issues.
19. Sidewalk fixes downtown: $60,000
Bumpy sidewalks around City Hall, the Santa Fe Community Convention Center and Main Library are hazardous. The city has paid six claims in the past five years, totaling some $165,000, stemming from complaints about the sidewalks, according to the Finance Department. Bond funds will remedy the hazards.