The Clovis City Commission met Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library.
All members were present. All votes noted below were 8-0 votes.
During the meeting, the commission approved:
• A resolution to establish a twinning relationship between the municipality of Kasama, Zambia, and Clovis. The partnership has no fiscal impact and fosters cultural exchanges between the communities.
Patrick Mapalo, a representative for Zambia, briefly spoke and showed a pair of promotional videos about the country.
Selmus Price of the Clovis Ethnic Affairs Committee said visitors from Zambia will be part of the Clovis Ethnic Fair, which will be moved to help accommodate another trip the group is taking.
The Ethnic Fair will be held July 21 at Hillcrest Park. Price said the group from Zambia will take part in the International Art Festival in Santa Fe earlier that week before making the trip to Clovis.
Kasama has a population of about 200,000.
• An ordinance was passed to combine the parks and recreation board, Ned Houk Park board and the Keep Clovis Beautiful Committee.
Membership will be determined during the next commission meeting. The new committee will consist of nine members appointed by the mayor, with consent of the city commission. The committee would include one commissioner and one citizen from each of the city’s four districts, plus a ninth member from a representative of a group that utilizes parks and recreation services (i.e. Clovis Sports Association).
• A 40-year water plan written by Daniel B. Stephens & Associates of Albuquerque. The plan assesses water needs in relation to water demands, and allows the city to take advantage of state statutes to protect currently held water rights.
• The appointment of three members each to the Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board (Don David, Garish Pandya and Rhonda Bargman) and the Civic Center Policy Board (Kevin Duncan, Gail Martin and Susan Wooton).
• A 5K run/walk 8 a.m. April 14 at Ned Houk Park, sponsored by the High Plains National Contract Management Association, and a 5K run to benefit the Pregnancy Resource Center 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. March 17 at Hillcrest Park.
• An upgrade of the kitchen hood at Colonial Park Golf Course to bring the kitchen in line with state environment department standards. The $26,148 will be paid through the parks bond money.
• A pair of task orders with Camp, Dresser & McKee of Albuquerque — $22,834 for air quality monitoring and $76,991 for groundwater monitoring and reporting.
Also at the meeting:
• Clovis resident Gloria Wicker asked if the city commission could help in the matter of Suddenlink Communications removing KRQE, an Albuquerque-based CBS affiliate, from its basic cable lineup.
City Manager Joe Thomas said he has been in contact with local officials for the company, but had not heard of any change in the cable provider’s plans.
The next meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. March 1.
— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Kevin Wilson