BLOOMFIELD — A monument displaying Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in July will join the Ten Commandments and Declaration of Independence monuments on the front lawn of Bloomfield City Hall.

The Council voted Monday in favor of the new monument, and an unveiling ceremony is planned for July 4.

"We chose the Gettysburg Address to be the next monument because Lincoln had great words of wisdom which helped our nation through trying times," said Kevin Mauzy, who represents the Four Corners Historical Monument Project, an organization of private citizens that has funded and organized placement of all the monuments. Mauzy also is a former Bloomfield councilor.

"This monument is smaller and will help balance out the front of the lawn," he said.

Like previous placements, the upcoming July 4 unveiling ceremony will feature members of the VFW and other veterans, and an Abraham Lincoln actor from Albuquerque will read the Gettysburg Address to the audience.

Mauzy said his group has tentative plans to request placement of a four-panel, double-sided monument of the U.S. Constitution in the center of the lawn on July 4, 2013, and said they may consider seeking placement of additional monuments of historical U.S. documents on other portions of the lawn.

Also during Monday's Council meeting, a contract bid for erection of the new fire training facility was awarded to the Farmington company Winters Construction. Work on the new building is expected to start soon.


"I think it's going to happen pretty quickly," said Jamie Turrentine, assistant to the city manager.

Turrentine also was sworn in as the new city clerk, replacing Carol Miller. Miller is retiring after 24 years.

"I' m really excited and honored," Turrentine said, "but I have some big shoes to fill."

Turrentine will take over as clerk at the end of May.