County will consider events center management contract

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Curry County commissioners are expected to consider a management contract for the Special Events Center from Global Spectrum at today’s meeting.

In addition to discussing the contract, Global Spectrum is expected to address concerns the Commission had about aspects of the contract.

In April, commissioners approved a six-month contract with Global Spectrum that stipulates $8,000 a month and the cost of the firm’s services are capped at $48,000.

Last week during a special Commission meeting, County Attorney Stephen Doerr walked commissioners through the proposed contract from the company that also manages the Clovis Civic Center, highlighting more than a dozen areas of concern.

Some of the issues commissioners expressed concern about were name rights and scheduling conflicts that could interfere with county events such as the fair and Pioneer Days.

Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray also expressed concern that security be adequate, especially at large events.

Doerr told commissioners he would send company representatives a letter asking them to discuss or address those issues at today’s meeting.

The commission meets at 9 a.m. in the Clovis-Carver Library’s north annex.

Commissioners are also expected to hear a presentation about courthouse security from judges and the district attorney.

Courthouse security is an issue that has come before the Commission several times in recent years.

Teddy Hartley, chief district judge for the 9th Judicial District has long argued security issues at the courthouse need to be addressed, citing growth in the courts and its case loads as an increasing concern in the aging building.

Closing the courthouse down to one entrance in an effort to maintain security during high profile or volatile trials and hearings is one possibility that has been raised.

Hartley has also advocated a judicial complex that would combine law enforcement, detention and the courts under one roof, a project in the past that he estimated would cost around $10 million.

Some of the other items on the agenda include:

• Resolution for the preliminary 2009/2010 budget

• Consideration of the county’s burn ban

• Discussion of televising commission meetings