10-2 Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission met Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

All votes were 6-0.

Mayor Pro Tem Randy Crowder and Commissioner Robert Sandoval did not attend.

• Appointments were made to the Quality of Life Task Force. The task force, which covers quality of life issues including the wellness centers and future projects, was visualized by Mayor Gayla Brumfield as a temporary body.

Brumfield appointed Andie Reeb, Brenda Miller, Ben McDaniel and Gail Martin. A citizen (Brian Carpenter, Cindy Banister, Joyce Pollard and David Briseno) and a commissioner (Len Vohs, Isidro Garcia, Chris Bryant and Juan Garza) were chosen from each district.

City Manager Joe Thomas or a designee will also serve, along with two representatives from Cannon Air Force Base (Col. Steve Kimball and Major Rick Gearhart).

• The commission voted to intervene in a New Mexico American Water Company rate request for the Edgewood district, with the intervention meeting scheduled for Nov. 3.

City Attorney David Richards said NMAWC operates two districts in New Mexico, Edgewood and Clovis.

“There are issues the districts share, such as the allocation of costs between the two districts,” Richards said.

Richards said the city would probably not give any testimony at the meeting.

• Commissioners approved resolutions to uphold abatements of dangerous buildings at 420 Connelly Street, 1114 Eighth Street and 1120 Eighth Street. Building Safety Inspector Pete Wilt said the city will try to use the public works department to demolish the buildings but requested permission to seek bids from private companies if the department couldn’t handle the work in a timely manner.

• The commission presented a distinguished line employee of the quarter award to Det. Eric Muller of the Clovis Police Department for his work in the department’s community relations division.

Deputy Chief Mike Ingram said Muller played a key role in children’s programs, including fingerprinting and the “Shop With a Cop” Christmas program, and pulled extra shifts on patrol to make sure the city was covered.

• Commissioner Len Vohs thanked the community for its help in the annual Trek for Trash.

“We were driving around the city (Saturday) and every thoroughfare had somebody picking trash up,” Vohs said. “It was fantastic.”

Also, Commissioner Juan Garza said the Ethnic Fair was well attended.

— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Kevin Wilson