Overpass, 21st Street improvements on public works agenda

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer

Committee merging, updates on the Hull Street Overpass and improvements to 21st Street during Wednesday’s Public Works Committee meeting.

Also the agenda for the 8:30 a.m. meeting at City Hall includes a request to present comments on the city’s trial program with polycarts for sanitation instead of dumpsters.

The city received more than 500 pieces of correspondence, only eight in favor of polycarts, during the public comment period that ended June 18.

City Engineer Justin Howalt said those comments would be taken into account for any decision made regarding city trash service.

Any action taken at the committee meeting requires approval at a Clovis City Commission meeting.

Regarding the Hull Street Overpass, which has been out of service for two years, the last few months of inclement weather didn’t do anything to affect a final completion date near the end of October.

“All the beams are set,” Howalt said. “They’ll be forming the core of the deck in the next few weeks.”

Other items the committee will discuss include:

• Discussion of stormwater runoff. Recent storms, including Sunday night’s brief downpour, have put city drainage issues high on the agenda.

“There are some areas,” Howalt said, “that have flooding that we’re working on addressing.”

• Improvements to East 21st Street. Howalt said the city has received quotes from a contractor, and funding options will be discussed.

• A discussion on incorporating the traffic committee into the public works committee.

“The two committees, both, are primarily public works related,” City Manager Joe Thomas said. “In some cases, there’s kind of an overlap where something would be taken to one committee (and it should be discussed by both).”