City to consider costs of water authority

By Jack King

At its regular meeting tonight, Clovis’ city commission will consider whether or not the city will provide some services in lieu of cash payments to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority.
The commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. in the North Annex of Clovis-Carver Library.
According to commission documents, the services would include, but not be limited to, serving as fiscal agent for the proposed water project and the authority’s executive director and staff, using the city attorney to provide legal advice, providing office equipment, offices and utilities.
The cost of the listed services is estimated at between $100,000 and $150,000, the documents said.
ENMRWA’s board members voted April 16 to hire an executive director and staff to oversee the proposed water project, but said they had not yet identified a funding source to pay for director and staff.
Mayor David Lansford, the authority’s director, said the director’s office is estimated to cost approximately $200,000 a year. Lansford told the board members they should be careful about relying too heavily on services, because they do not fund payrolls.
“We’re going to have to come up with some money,” Lansford said Wednesday. “I can’t speak for the other members, but I don’t think the city of Clovis will have any trouble coming up with its cash amount.”
According to commission documents, all entities involved in the ENMRWA are in the process of signing its joint powers agreement.
Quay County Manager Paula Chacon said Wednesday that Quay County commissioners approved the agreement May 5. The Quay County Commission was the last entity in Quay County to sign the agreement. The town councils of San Jon, Tucumcari and Logan have already signed.
Also on the agenda, the commission will consider whether or not to form a committee to study the feasibility of building a city civic center. Expo Inc., a not-for-profit corporation composed of area residents, has offered the city 25 acres of land on Chepps Boulevard for the building.
The commission will hold a closed executive session at 4:30 p.m. to consider pending litigation against the city and the acquisition or disposal of real property.