Meetings watch: Regional Growth Management Quality of Life Task Force – Jan. 24

The Regional Growth Management Quality of Life Task Force met Wednesday afternoon at Clovis City Hall.

During the meeting:

  • Col. David C. Piech, commander of the 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group, told members that the 801 Housing in Portales would turn over to new ownership July 23, and said the new rent rates were in the ballpark for base allowance housing.

A two-bedroom home will go for about $725 monthly, a three-bedroom for around $800 monthly and a four-bedroom for about $900 monthly. The cost does not include utilities, so Piech said area utilities could expect a flow of new customers.

He noted Balfour Beatty Construction, which is handling housing privatization at Cannon Air Force Base, is waiting on approval from the Office of Management and Budget to go ahead.

"They're chomping at the bit to take over housing," Piech said. "We're chomping at the bit for them to take over."

He noted the base is consistently at 99 percent capacity, and that problems finding affordable housing are most common among the lower ranks who do not receive as large a stipend as more senior officers.

  • Sandy Chancey, director of the Eastern Plains Council of Government, said work was going forward on a Feb. 26 job fair at the Clovis Civic Center.

So far, Chancey said, 19 employers have confirmed and paid the $35 registration fee, while numerous others are working through the process. The civic center will accommodate 50 employers, but Chancey hopes there will be enough demand to push a few more in.

The fair is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. to try to catch the unemployed and underemployed.

  • Piech said the mission support group, instead of simply giving volunteers a list of area organizations to call and washing their hands, is now working on "volunteer matchmaking."

The process involves asking about interests and education, Piech said, so somebody with a zoology degree being lined up with the Hillcrest Park Zoo.

Volunteer opportunities identified by representatives of the task force included entryway signage for the Curry County Events Center and the July 20 Clovis Ethnic Fair.

  • The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for April.

— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Kevin Wilson

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