Historic 1870-era jail upgrade one of many valencia county projects receiving capital outlay funding
A project that will see the upgrading of a historic jail in the central New Mexico town of Tome has now been approved for $100,000 in state funding.
The Tome jail dates to the mid-1870s when the town served as the seat of Valencia County. It makes up the last structural remains of a larger building that was once the Valencia County Courthouse.
Made of stone walls, the former 375 square foot jail with a 12-foot high ceiling made of hand-hewn vigas, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
The project is just one of more than $9.6 million in capital outlay projects for Valencia County approved by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.
One of the largest appropriations is seeing $860,000 for sewer line improvements along the W. Aragon Road in Belen, with a slightly smaller $859,000 for the construction of a second clarifier for the Village of Bosque Farms’ wastewater treatment system. That money will also upgrade the plant’s ultraviolet system.
The town of Peralta has been approved for up to $550,000 for drain and flood construction work, with $300,000 targeting the construction of a City Hall complex in the City of Rio Communities.
Exactly $400,000 will go for improvements to the Village of Los Lunas Sports Complex.
By Garry Boulard
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