Special city meeting to cover year-end business

CNJ staff

The Clovis City Commission is doing a little end-of-the-year business with a special meeting Wednesday.

The agenda for the 10 a.m. meeting at City Hall only has two items.

One is a change to work on the Clovis Wellness Center to relocate a water line. The other item is for a Community Development Block Grant project on Pile Street.

Commissioners were told at the conclusion of their Dec. 17 regular meeting — the last scheduled meeting of 2009 — that an additional meeting could be scheduled to deal with the CDBG.

City Purchasing Agent David Boswell said the Pile Street project includes an overlay and Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades.

The city has until Jan. 29 to apply for the block grant. But Boswell said part of the money comes from stimulus funding, so the plan is to submit an application as soon as possible.

The project bids are due Tuesday and the city has budgeted $680,000 — $500,000 includes state and federal money and the rest is city match.

City officials are hopeful that amount will cover the project from Grand Street to Commerce Way, but have asked companies to submit incremental bids so a partial project could be done if necessary.

“If we can get all the work done for (the $680,000), we’ll do it,” Boswell said. “If not, we’ll scale back the work.”

The other agenda item was made necessary following an excavation of the wellness center’s construction site.

The water line will be moved to accommodate future construction at the site at a cost of $7,386.30. That brings the total cost to $541,661 for the first phase of work. The increased amount still fits within the city’s budget for the work.