Commission gives go-ahead to seek grants

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor

Water and wastewater project funding was on the Clovis City Commission agenda at Thursday’s meeting.

Commissioners passed resolutions to enable acceptance of grants from the New Mexico Environment Department for $800,000 for wastewater improvements related to Southwest Cheese and $100,000 to be used for the wastewater effluent reuse project.

Mayor David Lansford also updated commissioners on the Ute Water Project. Lansford chairs the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, which oversees the project.

A field hearing will be held in Clovis Aug. 14 by the Bureau of Reclamation for members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee to discuss the Ute Water Project. The meeting will be in the morning at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

Lansford said he expects Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., to attend.

Lansford said a public meeting will be held Aug. 13 to brief the public on the project.

After the field hearing, legislation for funding the project will be introduced for Senate consideration.

The Water Trust Board has appropriated $2.2 million with 80 percent as a grant and 20 percent as a loan. Senate legislation has been introduced that would more than cover the amount of the loan.

In other business, commissioners:

Approved application with Curry County for a $27,383 grant to the Justice Assistance Grant Program of the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, to purchase camera systems for Clovis Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars.

Re-elected Twila Rutter, Tommie J. Skeen and Shelley Winn to two-year terms on the Clovis-Carver Public Library board. Janie Balch was elected the student member.

Re-elected Don David, Tammy Garner and Girish Pandya to the Lodger’s Tax Board. David is the public member; Garner, the member for an operator of industries primarily serving tourists; and Pandya, the hotel industry member.