Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission – April 4

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

Commissioners Gary Elliott and Sandra Taylor-Sawyer were not in attendance.

All action items listed below passed on unanimous votes.

• The commission agreed to provide up to $1,000 toward a job fair to be held April 29 at the Clovis Civic Center.

Raymond Mondragon, economic development and government affairs director with the Eastern Plains Council of Governments, said the fair is modeled after a fair put on last year through funding by the Office of Economic Adjustment.

Last year’s fair included 26 companies and 167 attendees, with the fair set up for companies to conduct interviews on the spot.

• The commission approved waiving fees for Rooney and Moon Broadcasting to hold a family fun day June 20 at Hillcrest Park.

The event, in its second year, will provide free admission to the city splash pad and the Hillcrest Park Zoo.

Jeff McNaughton, whose on-air name is Duffy Moon, said the event would be a carbon copy to the previous year’s event, except that it will take place two months earlier so anybody introduced to the facilities through the event would still have the summer to frequent them.

Commissioners who attended the event last year said it was a great activity and showcased city facilities.

The city would lose about $1,090 — average zoo and splash pad gate receipts for a June 2013 Saturday — but the broadcasting company agreed to provide more than $6,000 in advertising for the city facilities. Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell said he was “highly in favor” of the event.

• Misty Bertrand, general manager of the Clovis Civic Center, gave a report of the center’s functions.

Bertrand, who interviewed for a position with the Civic Center while she planned her wedding there, replaced Maria Rainsdon in February. Rainsdon took a similar position in Buffalo, N.Y., with Global Spectrum, which operates the Civic Center and more than 120 other facilities.

Bertrand shared communications from Rainsdon and her current staff members, and reviewed the events added, including concerts and cornhole tournaments.

Of the 2,000-plus events held over the center’s eight years, approximately three-quarters were either banquets or meetings. Bertrand said she has a goal to attract more state conferences in the next few years.

• Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority Chair Gayla Brumfield gave a report of the authority’s activities.

Brumfield reported on trips to a Canadian River Compact Commission meeting in Oklahoma City, Okla., and a Washington, D.C. trip to speak with congressional members.

“We’ve adopted a portfolio approach,” Brumfield said. “They key to our efforts will be the Ute Water Project,” with other areas including effluent reuse pipelines and municipal conservation.

She said the next step of the construction of the pipeline project is the interim pipeline for authority members to pump water acquired from farmers until the connection is made to the pumping station at the Ute Reservoir in Quay County. Brumfield said design is 90 percent finished and construction should start within 18 months.

• City Manager Joe Thomas informed commissioners construction would begin April 14 on a new dais for the commission, and could have some impact on the next three commission meetings until work is completed June 1.

One goal of the construction is to improve the television broadcast quality of the meetings.

• Linda Lawson and Henry Sellers were appointed to the Commission on Older Adults. Lawson, who chairs the committee and has served since 2006, was reappointed while Sellers will fill the seat vacated by Herschel Wall.

• Tom Phelps and Stephanie Marshall were appointed to the city’s civil aviation board. Phelps was reappointed, while Marshall will fill the seat vacated by Steve Hanson.

• The next commission meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. April 17 at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library.


— Compiled by staff reporter Kevin Wilson