Graffiti concerns local officials

Kevin Wilson

Members of the Clovis City Commission said they’re getting plenty of constituent phone calls about graffiti in the city, and are imploring citizens to say something if they see something.

Public Works Director Clint Bunch addressed the city commission during its regular meeting Thursday, noting his staff of about 100 public works employees is instructed to be on the lookout for graffiti while doing their normal work. However, there are limitations to that approach.

“There are 40,000 people around town,” Bunch said. “We won’t see everything.”

Bunch said on the cityofclovis.org website, residents can click on the “Service Complaints” link on the left side and click on a mail link for graffiti reports. The page also includes a link to a form giving city workers consent by the owner to clean up the graffiti.

“It doesn’t have to be on your property,” Bunch said. “If you see graffiti, let us know.”

Mayor Gayla Brumfield said she’d received several calls on graffiti. Commissioner Randy Crowder said he’s had similar calls, and said his business even got hit.

“In less than two hours, the environmental response team had it taken care of,” Crowder said. “I was amazed.”

In other business at the commission meeting:

• City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon introduced David Bryant as the city’s newest purchasing agent.

Bryant is a lifelong resident of Clovis. The 1987 Clovis High graduate has 23 years of retail experience, most recently as the store manager for Triangle Ace Hardware.

Bryant said his position was not folded with the planned merger of Triangle and Burns Do-It Center, but said the purchasing position felt like a good one to take.

His salary is around $41,000, Melancon said, slightly lower than that of David Boswell, who left the post late last year for a similar position in Florida.

• The commission voted Tom Phelps to a vacant position on the civil aviation board.

“We’ve got to figure out a way of getting transportation east,” said Phelps, who also served on the board from 2005 to 2010.

Phelps was elected over Stephanie Marshall, a local representative of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

“I want to be on the board because I want to be involved with the growth and help promote the airport,” Marshall said. “Some people don’t know we have an airport out here.”

Commissioners encouraged Marshall to continue applying for boards, and noted she is currently providing great service on the parks and recreation board.

• Lodger’s tax money was distributed. A total of $28,000, generated by taxes at hotels, went to the Ranch Rodeo ($8,000), the Curry County Mounted Patrol ($6,000), the Curry County Cats ($5,000), the Oak Ridge Boys ($4,000), the Miss Rodeo New Mexico pageant ($3,000) and the Clovis Ethnic Fair ($2,000).

• Uncollectible medical billing accounts from active service for the 2007 calendar year were removed. The accounts, which cannot be pursued after four years, totaled $255,530.35.

• Brumfield announced a 12:30 p.m. ribbon cutting would take place Feb. 3 at the city’s new dog park. The dog park, located in Hillcrest Park, is currently open to the public from sunrise to sunset, but the parks and recreation department is still waiting on more equipment for the park.

• An ordinance was introduced to combine the Parks and Recreation Board, the Keep Clovis Beautiful Committee and the Ned Houk Park Board in an attempt to solve problems obtaining a quorum for each.

• Upcoming commission meetings were moved to Feb. 9 and Feb. 23. The commission normally meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month, but numerous commissioners had scheduling conflicts Feb. 2.