Mayor focuses on goals, past and future

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Mayor Gayla Brumfield gives her state of the city address Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex. Brumfield addressed the past successes and future goals of the city.

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Despite a trying economy, Mayor Gayla Brumfield said Clovis has maintained stability and continues to push forward with new programs and initiatives geared toward improving infrastructure and quality of life.

Brumfield delivered her comments during a State of the City address in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library Thursday night.

“It has been an unbelievable year,” she said. “(And) to continue to move you must have vision, goals and plans of action.”

Terming Clovis a “city on the move,” Brumfield highlighted accomplishments made by each department and discussed initiatives and successes the city has experienced.

She classified acquiring money to repair the Hull Street overpass as a major accomplishment, and said the $3.4 million project is expected to be completed by the fall, after more than two years out of service.

Federal authorization of funding for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority was another huge accomplishment, she said.

The money will help begin the intake structure at the Ute Reservoir, essential work to getting the Ute Water Project started.

Efforts by Public Works to complete street projects have also made a dramatic improvement in the community, she said, referencing chip sealing and repaving of several streets in the community.

Other projects include a redesign of the wastewater treatment plant, landfill expansion and work with FEMA to update a local flood map.

Police recruitment has improved, she said, with 13 vacancies narrowed to two, with a reduction in crime rates as a result.

“I think you can really see the importance of getting those vacancies filled,” she said.

Quality of life in the community is a continuing focus, Brumfield said, pointing to improvements at city parks and plans for a wellness center and discussion of a youth facility as other efforts being made.

A new walking trail at Greene Acres Lake is an example of ways the community continues to work to improve quality of life for residents, she said.

“It’s amazing to see how many people are out there using it,” she said, mentioning the zoo as another well-used facility that is, “one of the best kept secrets in out area.”

Clovis Commissioner Bobby Sandoval presented Brumfield with flowers on behalf of the city, thanking her for her hard work.

“We are thrilled to be working with you,” he said.

This will mark Brumfield’s second year as mayor.