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Bayard Receives Funding and Recognition from USDA Rural Development

Photo (left to right): George Esqueda – Engineers Inc.; Representative Rudy Martinez; Priscilla Lucero – SWCOG; Mayor Charles Kelly; USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner; Kristina Ortiz, Bayard Clerk Treasurer; Senator Howie Morales; Bayard Councilor Chon Fierro; Hurley Councilor Freddie Rodriguez

The City of Bayard had a dedication ceremony for two projects funded by USDA.

The City of Bayard received grant funding from USDA-Community Facilities for improvements to the Bayard Community Center. The total project funding was $208,000 ($117,235 grant and $90,765 local funding).

Improvements to the Community Center included:

    • installation of new windows;
    • installation of high efficiency coolers;
    • repairs to interior and exterior walls and painting;
    • carpeting of board room and office;
    • electrical improvements;
    • purchase and installation of kitchen equipment;
    • improvements to the kitchen fire suppression system;
    • ADA sidewalk improvements.

The Community Center provides gathering space from local government meetings to weddings/graduation parties and baby showers. There are approximately 20-30 events each month. Office space is also leased out to various entities. Current lease is with CYFD. One additional room is available for lease.

Photo: USDA State Director Terry Brunner (right) presents Bayard Mayor Kelly (left) with a Certificate of Completion for the Bayard Community Center.

The City of Bayard also has received funding from USDA and legislative appropriations for the construction of water system improvements which will include replacement of all municipal water meters with fully automatic read meters and also a water line replacement on Railroad Street.

The City of Bayard thanks USDA-Rural Development for their participation in the project, as well as the staff for all the support and hard work that they commit to our communities.


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