Public Works Committee proposes road work

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

The Clovis Public Works Committee will recommend to the city commission a $100,000 budget increase for a road improvement project on Purdue Avenue.

The project stretches between Thornton and Cameo streets, which draws heavy use from the high school, Bunch said.

He said the road is cracked and requires constant patching and filling.

Bunch said the price of the project increased from $120,000 to $160,000 since last year, mostly due to an increase in the cost of materials. The city received $58,000 in state coop money for the project, Bunch told the committee during Wednesday’s meeting.

He said the project can begin in February if the commission approves the budget increase. He said the road could last 10 years after the project.

Committee members also discussed options for consistent pricing for commercial use of the city landfill.

The city charges at present $26 per ton or by volume — ranging from $6.50 to $50 per load — to discard construction and demolition debris at the landfill.

Bunch said there is too much gray area in the present pricing scheme and customers complain about paying different prices for the same amount of waste.

One option would to charge by weight only.

“It would be a lot simpler to charge by weight,” said Landfill Superintendent Joel Garcia.

City Manager Joe Thomas said the volume charge was initiated when the city used concrete from construction and demolition sites to cover the landfill.

But the city uses a lining to cover the landfill now and does not use the debris as much, said Thomas.

“We’re going to have to be a little more strict,” he said.

The committee will decide on a recommendation on the issue during its next meeting.