City commission gets Hull Street overpass update

Kevin Wilson

A short Clovis City Commission meeting had its share of history, spiritual events and music to go with a Hull Street Bridge update.

City Commissioner Bobby Sandoval told commissioners and audience members Thursday that cement pouring, which started Tuesday night, is finished on the overpass, which was closed in June 2008 for safety concerns.

He added he was invited to a walk on the rebar portion of the bridge, and showed a series of photos from the visit.

City engineer Justin Howalt said the project is on schedule for a Nov. 15 completion.

The commission placed most items on the consent agenda, and gave unanimous approval to its only action item.

Sean Ferreira of Clovis requested approval for the second annual “Jump Up” religious procession. The Sept. 18 event would go from 5:15 to 9:30 p.m. on a route encapsulating the 200 through 500 blocks of Pile and Main streets.

“Last year’s event went very, very well,” Ferreira said. “We had absolutely no problems.”

The inaugural “Jump Up” took three visits by Ferreira to the commission last year, with numerous conditions attached because of the lack of event history.

The same conditions will apply to this year’s event — insurance, consistent security monitoring and prepayment for all incurred expenses.

Commissioner Randy Crowder asked Howalt and Public Works Director Clint Bunch if there were problems with last year’s event. After they said no, he moved for approval.

In other business at the meeting:

• Stephanie Marshall and Ronnie Jones were elected to vacant positions with the Parks and Recreation board.

• Proclamations were issued for the Clovis Music Festival, complete with a musical impersonation of Buddy Holly’s “All My Love All My Kisses”; Constitution Week and the Sept. 25 Clovis/Curry County Ethnic Fair, along with a pair of road closures in association with the fair.

• The commission accepted the return of $112,000 in industrial bonds for the defunct Clovis Biodiesel plant project.

• A planned agenda item on a street closure for an Oct. 1 cage fight was pulled off the agenda at the petitioner’s request. Claire Burroughes of the city said the item should be on the Sept. 23 agenda.