Local recycling program proposed

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

The city could establish a recycling program by early next year after Public Works Committee members approved during a Wednesday meeting a proposal for a program.

The committee is recommending the proposal because it would free up space in the landfill, according to Public Works Director Clint Bunch.

“It’s good for the environment,” he said.

Bunch said a recycling program would also make the city eligible for federal and state grants for the landfill.

“In the upcoming years to get federal and state funding, it looks more than likely it will be a requirement that cities need to have so much of their refuse recycled to show that they are environmentally friendly,” he said.

The city will sell the recyclable waste to recycling companies, he said.

Bunch said the recommendation will be up for vote in the next city commission meeting and could start early next year if approved.

Bunch would not say how much the proposal would cost.

The recycling program would start at a central location where residents can dispose of recyclable waste, he said. A city representative will be on hand to give residents information about recycling.

In other business:

• Committee members approved a recommendation to install a 1,200 foot sewer extension line under the railroad crossing on Martin Luther King Jr., Boulevard.

The sewer line will run from Martin Luther King Jr., Boulevard to Mendenhall Avenue down Beta Street to Waldhauser Avenue, according to Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Durwood Billington.

The line will relieve sewage from Northwest Clovis off the line on Hull Street, according to Bunch.

• Committee members approved a proposal to chip seal three miles of road on County Road I from N.M. 77 to County Road 17, according to Bunch.

The project is estimated to cost $350,485. The proposal needs approval from the city commission before a start date can be scheduled, he said.

• A special public works meeting is scheduled for Dec. 2 to discuss whether to apply for a renewal or a modification of the city’s landfill permit.

A renewal will give the city a 20-year permit, a modified permit will last 10 years, according to Assistant Public Works Director Bill Kshir.