Meetings watch: Col. Lenfant presented key to city

This is a supplemental report to Thursday’s Clovis City Commission meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s North Annex:

• Mayor Gayla Brumfield presented outgoing Cannon Air Force Base Col. Babette Lenfant with a key to the city.

As commander of the 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group, Brumfield said Lenfant was like a city manager for the base and was, “a tremendous spirit for Clovis.”

Lenfant is being transferred to Seoul, Korea.

“She has exhibited wisdom in many issues that has been amazing,” City Manager Joe Thomas said. “We’d like to see her stay.”

Brumfield said she has given the honor four times in her 15 months as mayor, with three coming in the last four weeks. Other recent recipients were outgoing Cannon Commander Col. Timothy Leahy and Miss Rodeo America Maegan Ridley.

• City grant writer Carole Moreno, who is leaving after two years to move with family to Colorado, was presented with an “Above and Beyond” award.

Brumfield said Moreno had acquired more than $2 million in grants in her time.

“She’s going to do whatever’s asked of her,” Commissioner Fred Van Soelen said, “and exhibit the highest level of professionalism.

• Commissioner Juan Garza was elected as voting delegate for the city during September’s New Mexico Municipal League conference in Albuquerque, and the commission gave an endorsement for Commissioner Len Vohs to run for a governor position in the league.

• Allowed the sale of a public parking lot on Grand and Mitchell to the Bank of Clovis for $15,000. The bank would use some of the property for a remote teller station and maintain at least 35 regular parking spaces. The city could purchase the property back for the same cost if the bank breaches agreement terms.

— Compiled by Kevin Wilson