Meetings watch — Clovis City Commission (Jan. 17)

The Clovis City Commission met Thursday night at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

All commissioners were present. Unless otherwise noted, all votes were unanimous.

• Mayor David Lansford noted that the city plans to honor 2009 Clovis High grad Jaye Crockett during Clovis High’s Feb. 4 basketball game against Lovington.

Crockett, Clovis’ No. 2 career scorer, is in his final season with Texas Tech, and is working on grad school.

“He’s not just an exceptional athlete, he’s an exceptional person,” Lansford said. “He’s a leader on that team, and that’s big-time basketball. He represents our community, not only as a good athlete ,but as a good citizen.”

• The commission voted 5-3 to appoint Linda Waller and Tim Ashley as voting members on the ad hoc committee to review the city’s economic development policy.

The committee was created following the fallout from the Beauty Health and Science Innovations deal, where the city lost nearly $2 million in economic development money.

The committee, chaired by District 2 Commissioner Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, includes three other commissioners and a citizen representative from each district, along with City Manager Joe Thomas, City Attorney David Richards and Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry serving in advisory roles.

Waller was appointed for the slot in District 2, created when original appointee Randy Harris was unable to serve. It was the appointment of Tim Ashley, a Curry County commissioner, as a voting representative for the county that drew argument.

“Tim Ashley’s a good friend of mine,” Commissioner Randy Crowder said, “but we’re inviting a county commissioner into city business, and that gives me a funny feeling.”

Taylor-Sawyer said she objected because she thought a county representative should be a non-voting member, and voted against the measure based only on that portion. Crowder and Commissioner Juan Garza voted no as well, noting they otherwise had no issue with the people appointed.

Mayor Pro Tem Len Vohs noted the city’s economic development tax advisory board already includes county representatives, while Crowder noted that the committee already had Commissioner Bobby Sandoval, who serves both the city and county commissions.

City Attorney David Richards said the committee could be however the commission wanted to create it, but noted that the committee had no power beyond making recommendations for the commission to either accept, modify or reject.

• The city gave the authority to file a lien foreclosure lawsuit, including more than 250 delinquent accounts on sewer, garbage and weed removal have been identified.

Richards said that anybody who pays the accounts off before the lawsuit is filed will be removed from the lawsuit, while anybody who pays after the lawsuit is filed will have charges dismissed. He expected that after all people named in the suit are notified by registered mail, he expected about 80 percent of the property owners to pay off their accounts based on previous experience with the matter.

• John Ryan, who helps lobby for the city on federal matters, gave the commission an update on projects he was working on, including an effort to have a U.S. 60-84 upgrade done as a Department of Defense project.

He said given the timing of the March 4 municipal election and the calendar of days Congress is in session, the second week of April was probably the best for commissioners who wanted to make a trip with Ryan to Washington, D.C. to speak with the area’s congressional delegation.

Crowder asked how difficult it would be to bring Congress members to Clovis so they could see city needs firsthand. Ryan said he was working on such an effort with the 60-84 project, and would seek the same approach on other areas.

• The February meetings of the commission, due to timing with the state legislative session, will be Feb. 13 and Feb. 20.


— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Kevin Wilson