Residents request overpass repair, drag strip at city meeting

CNJ staff

Public input at Thursday’s city Infrastructure and Capital Improvement Plan meeting included repairs to the Hull Street Overpass and building a drag strip at Ned Houk Park.

ICIP is a planning document in which the city lists its top projects or purchases, according to Carole Moreno, the city’s grant writer. The list is sent to the state Legislature, which will decide how to distribute capital outlay funds.

The city commission will prioritize and approve the list in the first meeting in September, according to Legislative and Community Development Director Claire Burroughes.

• Four people have businesses on the south end of the Hull Street Overpass, including Charlie Rogers, who owns the Clovis Livestock Auction and Dave and Lovita Frusher, who own One Stop Feed. They asked for the Hull Street Overpass to be included in the list. The overpass was closed indefinitely on Wednesday after a state engineer deemed it unsafe.

Burroughes said the overpass has been included in the top five projects for at least three years. It was ranked third in last year’s list.

• Nick Baglien and Eldon Russ requested adding the construction of a drag racing strip to the list. Russ said he did not know how much the proposal would cost.