Commissioners OK hotel cleanup

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent

Cleaning up Hotel Clovis and starting a pilot program for recycling dominated business Thursday for Clovis city commissioners.

As part of efforts to rehabilitate the hotel building on Main
Street, commissioners approved a proposal from GranCor Enterprises to
rid the facility of asbestos, pigeon droppings and lead-based paint for
$421,066.

After unanimous approval, commissioners were told the work on the building would begin in either March or April.

“I personally think this is exciting. It’s been a long time coming,” Clovis mayor Gayla Brumfield said.

Commissioners also signed off on a pilot plan for recycling within the city.

The plan starts with an education effort. City workers will be
calling on local businesses every Wednesday to explain recycling
options available at the city’s landfill.

Representatives will explain what can be recycled and how.

Currently only plastics and cardboard can be recycled, according to
Joel Garcia, landfill supervisor for the city. He added that facilities
are not in place for paper products.

“It’s not going to be a cash cow,” said Garcia. “But it’s going to help us in the long run.”

In other commission business:

• HDR Engineering was awarded the design contract for the Hull
Street overpass — which was dismantled last month. The company hopes to
finish the $552,400 project before October 2009. The New Mexico
Department of Transportation is paying almost half the cost.

• Proposed fixed routes for CATS (Clovis Area Transit System) were
postponed, with unanimous approval by the commissioners, until the
staff can be increased to the level required to incorporate such a
plan. “We didn’t want to put a product out there that would fail,” said
commissioner Ron Edwards.

• Commissioners watched a video tribute to longtime Clovis resident
Wilma Fulgham, who only a week before was informed in Las Vegas that
she would be inducted into the Miss Rodeo America Hall of Fame. She was
given a key to the city in honor of her work. A former New Mexico State
Fair queen, Fulgham has devoted much of her time to similar events.
Fulgham is known as the “matriarch of rodeo across the state” and has
served as the Miss Rodeo New Mexico state director for more than 20
years.