Community leaders gather to discuss local issues

CNJ staff

Curry County hosted a quarterly city/county luncheon Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

Among items discussed:

• Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Timothy Leahy said the base will host the fall Air Force Special Operations Command’s “Commando rally,” an annual gathering of AFSOC leaders Oct. 20-24.

During the rally, Cannon will host an invitation-only meeting to brief community leaders on Cannon’s future growth.

“Lots of investing and lots of building will be taking place over the next 20 years. .. The intent is that everyone hear it straight from the horse’s mouth that this is where we’re going,” he said.

• Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said the schools are trying to plan for anticipated growth in the community.

The schools are also struggling with reduced funding from the state, she said.

• Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry said railroad access is an important factor in recruiting businesses.

“We’ve seen a tremendous slowdown in companies looking to come to New Mexico. … (But) we’ve got a kind of diamond in the rough,” he said, explaining a rail spur at the industrial park is a good selling point for the area.

• Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said the city is involved in several road projects, including improvements on Prince Street from 21st Street to Llano Estacado Boulevard and repaving in the residential areas south of seventh and east of Mitchell Street.

Replacement of the Hull Street overpass is estimated at between $8 and $10 million, Thomas said, explaining he hopes to have news on the direction the issue will take within 60 to 90 days.