CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield addressed about 75 community residents Tuesday during her state of the city speech at Clovis-Carver Public Library.
By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer
With more than 1,000 jobs created in the last couple of years and more businesses attracted to Clovis, the city’s economy is isolated from the rest of the country, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said Tuesday at her first State of the City address,
Brumfield spoke about economic development achievements and other changes in the city during her first year in office. She was elected the city’s first female mayor last March.
Brumfield also spoke about future projects, including establishing a beautification committee and a council on quality of life.
The crowd of more that 75 people who attended the address at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s North Annex included city, county and base officials.
The purpose of the 40-minute speech was to inform citizens of the growth and changes the city has undergone in the past year, Brumfield said.
“I think people feel good about Clovis and they want to know what’s going on,” she said. “I think Clovis is the place to be and we’re very blessed.”
Brumfield said she hopes to make the address an annual event.
Part of the city’s economic achievements include more than 1,000 jobs created in the past few years and more than 1,200 homes sold in the last two years. And new industries attracted to the city particularly because of the industrial park, she said.
“Even with the state of the national economy and the loss of capital markets, our economic development efforts have been very successful,” she said.
She credits the city’s growth to Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a Special Operations Wing. Base officials predict the personnel population will more than double from 2,000 to about 5,000 by 2014.
Brumfield said the city is preparing for that growth with a proposed new middle school and improvements to the municipal airport.
Fire Department Chief Ray Westerman said the growth will result in the need for more services such as firefighters and substations. After the mayor’s address, Westerman said he thought the city is headed in the right direction.
On the topic of quality of life issues, Brumfield talked about the need for youth activities.
Curry County Commissioner Wendell Bostwick said having more youth activities would keep juvenile delinquency down.
“She’s right on track with that,” he said. “Even on the county level we’re concerned with the youth,” he said.
Brumfield proposed a Keep Clovis Beautiful committee to improve entryways into the city and landscaping the medians between Clovis and Cannon.
Projects the city is planning in 2009 include ensuring the authorization of the Ute Water Project, replacing the Hull Street overpass and hiring a contractor to renovate Hotel Clovis.
Read the full text of Mayor Brumfield’s address here.