Two events centers one too many?
Published: Tuesday, July 15th, 2003
A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if the city of Clovis needs to build a civic center now that county officials seem to have decided on an events center for the fairgrounds. Some responses: “Both the city and county have researched the economics of an events center. Most will remember concerns about the centers earning enough money to just break even annually. With that in mind, I believe one center is all the economy can handle. Building two in competition with one another is just asking for trouble. The first off the mark (Curry County) should now gain the support of the other (Clovis). Pooling resources on this project just makes good common sense towards success for all concerned.” — Robert Baker, Clovis “Definitely. We will have a nice place for rodeos, barn dances, horse shows and fair entertainment. Now let’s build a civic center that will bring something to town on a regular basis to add money to the economy.” — James McDonald, Clovis “What is shaping up is that Clovis will have two ‘events’ centers; the county won’t give ground on having an events center at the fairgrounds, and the city commissioners seem set on building an events center near the community college on the ‘right’ side of the tracks, as I understand it. The latest local news reports indicate this is about as done deal as getting the architect to draw up the plans and the financial manager deciding how funds for the balance of the project will be acquired. The events center has turned out to be a territorial dispute between city and county commissions.” — Bill Gaedke, Clovis “I believe the city and county have always been at cross purposes on this issue. The county has always wanted to build what should have been rightly called an equestrian center, rather than a “special events center,” and the city wanted a building suitable for more general usage. Both structures will be built, both will be over budget and both will be under used. The only reason there will not be three special events centers in Clovis is that the state legislature in Santa Fe is unaware of our lack of such a facility.” — R.L. Render, Clovis “I’m not sure what the difference is — events center or civic center — but isn’t one enough for this small town?” — Michael Williams, Clovis “If Curry County has an events center already planned, I think Clovis officials should get together with Curry County officials. Clovis could save millions of dollars if we added our plans to the county’s plans. We could use the extra money hiring animal abuse police. I have never seen so many animals abused with nothing being done than I have in Clovis.” — Ardyth Elms, Clovis
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