This year’s wish list for the village looks almost identical to the previous year’s list with just a few differences. The main difference is the amount of money that is requested is skyrocketing due to the rising costs of … well, everything.
No. 1 on the list is funding for wastewater treatment clarifier and sludge processing. It has been on the list for a very long time.
“Since I was in high school, it was written in stone,” said former Bosque Farms mayor, Wayne Ake, at the village council meeting, joking about the wastewater treatment.
To date, the wastewater and sludge systems have received almost $4 million in funding. The village is asking for a little more than $10 million for 2025-26.
Second on the list is the request for the arsenic removal system. The village is requesting $5 million for the system to help reduce the naturally-occurring chemical element in its drinking water.
The third item on the list is fire and police station renovations. They were originally two separate items, but the council decided to merge them in hopes of getting the funding approved.
They combined the addition of two bays at the fire station and renovations to the police station so the department could get accredited. The village is requesting $8 million for the renovations.
The No. 4 item on the list at $2 million is the ever-important road construction.
Rounding out the top five on the priority list is the addition of a Little League concession and clubhouse restrooms for $500,000.
The rest of the ICIP list is:
- Construction of a splash park and play pool: $860,580
- Valencia Regional Emergency Communications Center (VRECC) – 700 MHZ System: $3,230,560
- Village office renovation: $2 million
- Valencia County Flood Authority: $1.5 million
- Construction of new village office: $8 million
- Community center expansion: $1.5 million
- Well relocation: $2.5 million
Jesse Jones lives in Albuquerque with his wife and son. Jesse graduated from of the University of New Mexico twice. This spring, he graduated with a degree in multimedia journalism and, in 2006, he received a bachelor’s degree in university studies with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a current fellow of the New Mexico Local News Fund.