Housing plan should be put to vote
The Affordable Housing Act is an innocuous-sounding program that introduces more dependency into our community. Builders and affiliated businesses — assessors, title companies, Realtors and materials suppliers — benefit by using tax credits and outright grants, free land, free buildings, free infrastructure, waived licensing fees, and whatever else they can squeeze from city commissioners. And our mayor says this is a fair playing field?
Once in place, AH is forever. City government is given unlimited power to condemn, rezone, and bestow projects. Already, the story has changed several times regarding Hotel Clovis: It’s senior housing, no, it’s low-income housing, no, it’s HUD housing! The builder is given $1.4 million in grants and a non-recourse loan; no, he’s only getting $700,000 — from the city’s worker’s comp fund!
Demolition of Hotel Clovis is $2 million; no, now it’s $3 million. The ordinance, according to our mayor, is a work in progress. Really? How many times will they be finessing building codes, using eminent domain, slipping infrastructure to subsidized housing projects?
Talk to the people on Fred Daugherty Drive and the county club area about rezoning. Surprise! You too may have multi-family housing on your street or a commercial enterprise near your high-dollar home so the golf course can have its liquor license.
City officials swear favoritism will not enter into their decision-making. Really? Already business owners and builders are being bullied not to sign the High Plains Patriots petition calling for election to overturn AH. What are they afraid of if not retaliation when coming before them with building and zoning requests or as bidders-suppliers for city projects?
This is not the kind of community we envision. Let voters decide if they want this socialized program in Clovis.
High Plains Patriots
Landowner responsible for rodent infestation
We are speaking on behalf of our mother and grandmother, Mary Montano, who has been living at the residence of 1600 1/2 West Grand Ave. since 1955.
Our complaint is that in all of the years that she has lived here, we have not experienced any problems with stray animals or rodents until recently.
In the past two years, we have noticed that the field next to her house has become over-populated with prairie dogs.
There are so many now that it has become an infestation, and these rodents are all around her house.
Our main concern is sanitation; these animals are rodents that may carry disease and parasites because they are wild and un-vaccinated.
They burrow holes for their homes, which could become a hazard in her yard.
Our neighbors in this area have also been complaining about this problem. We took this issue to the city of Clovis, but their response was that they could not do anything about it because the field where most of these rodents live is private property.
We know who this property belongs to, and have spoken to the owner, but nothing has been done to fix this problem. We are asking for help in taking action against these rodents before the problem gets worse.
Yolanda Cortez, Monica Griego
Fire crews who battled grassfire deserve thanks
I wish to thank everyone who was involved in fighting the grassfire that ended at County Road 13.
These people are giving, brave and selfless in their work. Neighbors, friends and firefighters came and put themselves between the fire, harm and the houses, most of them not knowing the people they were protecting.
It is a very small thing to say thank you but I hope all of you know how much you are appreciated.
You saved my home!