The Clovis City Commission met Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library.
All commissioners were present.
During the meeting:
• The commission agreed to a $1.111 million budget increase for a project extending sewer lines along Martin Luther King Boulevard between Mendenhall Avenue and 21st Street.
The project is partially funded by $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant money, which City Engineer Justin Howalt said had to be used before the summer concluded.
The project, originally budgeted for the CDBG money and a $189,000 city match, increased due to a larger pipe size (12-inch to 18-inch), a larger overall line depth and changes in boring under the railroad.
The increase was provided through a fund designated for sewer infrastructure. City Finance Director Don Clifton said the fund had $2.7 million to draw from.
• An emergency budget transfer of $2,500 from the general fund to pay an insurance deductible to replace a bronze plaque of Martin Luther King Jr. stolen last week from O.C. Potter Park.
Police Chief Steve Sanders said the department has three people connected to the theft, but hasn’t made any arrests yet. He said the investigation currently only has enough evidence to produce charges of possessing stolen property, but further investigation should result in charges on the theft of the plaque.
• Clovis resident Mark Myers said within the last eight months, his business on Seventh Street has been burglarized three times with losses exceeding $18,000. He is unaware of any arrests pertaining to those cases, and he has not received any of his property back.
He noted that most law enforcement seems to be patrolling heavily-traveled roads in search of moving violations, and said a higher emphasis should be patrolling secondary roads to spot or scare off burglars.
Commissioner Juan Garza said it was a tough situation to be in, and noted he’d been burglarized in the past as well. He suggested buying a security system as a precaution.
• An item to solicit sealed bids for grazing at Ned Houk Park was tabled.
Jack Muse of Clovis asked if it was wise, given drought conditions, to even bother with a grazing lease at the park. City Purchasing Agent David Bryant said there was no reason the decision couldn’t be put off, and he would speak to people knowledgeable about grazing.
Mayor David Lansford said such talks seemed wisest, especially given a scenario where, “the intelligence of the area cattle man is going to say nobody wants it.”
— compiled by CNJ staff writer Kevin Wilson