New County Fleet Facility Opens Its Doors

Rio Arriba County (RAC) celebrated the grand opening of a new fleet facility in Alcalde on April 17.  Among the speakers included the County Commission, County Manager, Tomas Campos, Public Works Director, Joddie Valdez and Fleet Coordinator, Paul Martinez. “This facility has been a very long time coming,” said Commission Chair Alfredo Montoya to the crowd of about 70. “We are very excited that we can all gather here to celebrate the new home of our public works department.” After the ribbon cutting took place, R&M Construction Company owner, Robert Sanchez spoke to the crowd and noted several local businesses, which worked collaboratively on the project. “We are grateful these types of projects bring local economic stimulation,” added Montoya.  

Montoya went on to speak to the crowd about how the County came to attain the property on which the 12,000 square foot facility was built: a result of donated land by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Joddie Valdez added that the original budget allowed to build was a little over $1.7 million, but because funds had been carried over from year to year during planning stages, more leeway was possible and two additional bays were incorporated into the design of the sate-of-the-art building, which resulted in a total cost of $2.5 million.  A separate $166,500.00 grant also allowed for the building to have an active solar power component, which Montoya noted might be a consideration for future County buildings.

Other features of the facility include a 40,000 lb. lift, which is designed to lift semi trucks and heavy equipment, as well as 9,000, 12,000 and 14,000 automotive lifts. “Having access to better equipment, a safer environment and new technology will allow for our employees to work efficiently and in more ergonomic-friendly conditions,” said Montoya. “This is such a joyous occasion for us at Rio Arriba County.” 

-Erika L. Martinez, April 24, 2013