by Eric Butler
Local city and county officials are requesting hundreds of thousands of state dollars to go toward projects ranging from expansion of the county jail to a proposed regional firearms range.
Officials presented the proposed projects to local state legislators at a breakfast Thursday morning at Wells Fargo Bank in Clovis.
Local legislators will take the requests to the 60-day legislative session in Santa Fe, which begins Jan. 18.
The city of Clovis is hoping for legislative expenditures that include $400,000 for a regional firearms range, its top priority, and $500,000 for baseball fields, $500,000 for soccer fields and an additional $500,000 for improvements to the Play Inc. building.
Other hoped-for capital outlays include $500,000 for road improvements in Curry County and $502,090 for an expansion of the Curry County Adult Detention Center.
Overcrowding at the county jail has been a problem in recent years, shrinking county budgets and forcing officials to send inmates to jails in Texas. County officials are hoping a $1.3 million annex for the adult detention center will be open by July.
The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is hoping for $800,000 to help build a proposed business enterprise center. The center would primarily house the administration staff for the chamber and the Clovis Industrial Development Corp.
“A lot of good things are happening in Clovis,” City Manager Ray Mondragon said. “It’s the home of the champions and we want to make sure we have a champion building for the chamber of commerce.”