Mayor’s speech upbeat on future

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Mayor Gayla Brumfield gives her third annual state of the city address Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex.

Kevin Wilson

Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield itemized 2010 for the city and spoke of a future that was upbeat, albeit full of challenges.

The third annual state of the city address, which preceded the Clovis City Commission meeting Thursday afternoon, gave Brumfield the chance to note positives like an increased amount of gross receipts and population expansion.

“You won’t find this around the state, (and) you sure won’t find it around the nation,” Brumfield said, while attributing many of the gains to growth at Cannon Air Force Base.

Many in attendance were workers for either the city or departments closely tied to the city, like the Chamber of Commerce, base officials or school administrators.

But citizens who attended were impressed.

“I thought it was very informative,” said Sistar Yancy. “I thought she did what she wanted to. She explained every aspect of the city.”

Gloria Wicker, a former city commissioner, said the address “makes me proud to say I live here.”

Some of the numerous points covered by Brumfield included:

• The completion of the Hull Street Overpass in November.

• Road improvements along Pile Street and 21st Street, along with drainage improvements at Wilshire and longer turn bays on Prince and 21st streets.

• The city’s recycling program, which resulted in 206 tons of materials (69 cardboard, 5 plastic, 132 metals). “This is something that did not have to go into the landfill, and that is a huge success story.”

• Groundwork for wastewater treatment plant improvements and the effluent re-use project, which treats wastewater to a lower standard than drinking water, but high enough for watering city-owned parks and playgrounds.

• The Ute Water Project, which has an intake structure groundbreaking coming in April. She called the pumping station the “straw” that will bring water out of the Ute Reservoir.

“The impact of this project cannot be understated,” Brumfield said. “It is something we absolutely need to address.”

Another phase in the future, she said, would be part of the pipeline from Curry County to Portales, allowing the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority to lease water rights from agricultural producers to help relieve pressure on the High Plains Aquifer.

Bob McCullough, who moved to Clovis about a year-and-a-half ago to be with family, was a mayor in Pemberton Township, N.J. He said he never had state of the city addresses, but he was pleased with what he heard.

“I think things are definitely looking up,” McCullough said. “I’m a new person in town, so I didn’t have a whole lot of history on what used to be.”