Tight donations stalls civic center statue

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

A proposed life-sized bronze statue of a horse for the Clovis Civic Center is on hold because money has been tight.

City Manager Joe Thomas said Monday that Tatum artist Curtis Fort wanted to donate the statue for the city’s civic center. Thomas said the statue would cost between $80,000 to $100,000.

Thomas said the original plan called for Portales art gallery Investments Out West to solicit the money using the city’s name. But donations have been tight, Thomas told members of the Clovis Civic Center Policy Board.

Other matters addressed:

Board member Gail Martin suggested placing a sign at the entrance of the civic center. She said residents have said they often miss the turn into the center.

City Commissioner and board member Bobby Sandoval also suggested improving the dirt road on the west side of the civic center.

“We just have dirt and (pot) holes,” he said.

Thomas said the city could chip-seal the area, which is presently paved with caliche.