The Clovis City Commission met Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.
• Members in attendance were Commissioners Randy Crowder, Fred Van Soelen and Chris Bryant, Mayor Pro Tem Len Vohs and Mayor Gayla Brumfield. Commissioners Bobby Sandoval, Dan Stoddard and Fidel Madrid attended via conference phone. Commissioner Juan Garza was not in attendance.
• The commission presented a key to the city to Col. Stephen Clark, the outgoing commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base.
Clark is leaving Cannon next month to become director of plans, programs, requirements and assessments at Air Force Special Operations Command headquarters at Hurlburt Field, Fla.
Brumfield said Clark was “straightforward” and “involved” in the community, and told Clark and his family, “You guys have become part of us. We’re truly going to miss you.”
The base has gone from a population of about 2,300 on Clark’s arrival to 5,100 in two years.
“I’ll accept this on behalf of our airmen,” Clark said, “because we do everything as a team.”
Clark will be replaced by Col. Albert M. “Buck” Elton II in a July 8 change of command ceremony.
• The commission approved in a 7-0 vote issuing $6.404 million in bonds. Of the total, $2.81 million will pay for the purchase of the Chaparral Country Club, $880,000 will retire previous bonds and $2.557 million would go toward future renovations in line with the parks and recreation master plan — mostly at Hillcrest Park.
The 20-year repayment requires the city pay between $469,000 and $470,000 per year — in line with its previous payments to parks and recreation bonds.
Kevin Powers of RBC Capital said from the time the city was first considering the bonds until the ordinance approval, dropping interest rates gave the city an extra $500,000 without changing the payment terms.
Greg Salinas, a bond counsel with McCall, Parkhurst and Horton of Austin, Texas, said New Mexico’s Department of Finance Authority would require an intercept agreement. Under the agreement, if the city missed a payment during the 20-year term, the DFA would make the payments on behalf of the city instead of directly returning the taxes to the city.
• Brian Daly of New Mexico American Water said the company’s near capacity for water delivery.
The city, which has all municipal water supplied by NMAW, used 10.8 million gallons of water the last two days, Daly said. The company has a maximum delivery capacity of 11.3 million gallons.
“I don’t want to spread panic,” Daly said. “I just want people to know to be cautious.”
Crowder said the Water Policy Advisory Committee had revised its drought management ordinance and it would be on the commission’s July 7 meeting agenda.
• Applications for the Department of Justice Bulletproof Vest Partnership, Justice Assistance Grant monies and an interlocal agreement between the city and Curry County for oversight, uses and administration of JAG monies were approved.
• A nomination and letter of support for City Commissioner Bobby Sandoval to submit his candidacy to serve as a New Mexico Municipal League Director at Large was approved.
• The commission allowed fishing at Dennis Chavez Park. Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell said the Department of Game and Fish is looking into reports of dead fish at the lake earlier in the week, but the early indication is an increase in algae due to higher temperatures. Bizzell said the department won’t stock the lake until it finishes a review of the lake.
• A request to build a track for radio controlled cars and rock crawling at Ned Houk Park’s model aircraft facility was approved.
— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Kevin Wilson