City asking for input on future

Have an idea on how to improve the community? City officials wants to hear it.

City officials are holding Town Hall Community Visioning Event 6 p.m. today at the Clovis Civic Center on 801 Schepps Blvd.

Kathie Novak, an elected official for 18 years and former president of the National League of Cities, will be leading the Town Hall event.

"The purpose of the community visioning event is to hear from Clovis residents regarding what is most important to them, what their vision for the community is and what areas they would like the city to focus on in the next few years," Mayor David Lansford said in a post on the city's website.

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks

Cipriant Martinez of Nick Griego & Sons grades the dirt on a jogging and walking trail under construction in December of 2009, at Greene Acres Park.

Claire Burroughes, legislative and community development director said, "We're excited to begin this process in looking at new ways to better serve the residents of Clovis."

Here's a look at the top five priorities from the city's last vision meeting in 1996 with updates provided by Burroughes:

Expanded recreational activities for all ages

  • Walking trails, playground equipment, and a skateboard park have been added to Greene Acres Park.
  • Softball fields installed at Mike Harris Field.
  • The Sisler Foundation gave the city $500,000 to restore the Youth Recreational Building.
  • The commission closed the 9-hole golf course at Hillcrest Park, except for the par 3. On the property, the city has added a dog park, walking and running trails, and soccer fields that are used by 1,300 children during soccer season.
  • City officials purchased Colonial Golf Course.

Multi-use cultural sports center

  • The Clovis Civic Center was built.
  • The Curry County Events Center was built.

Public/private investment industrial development

  • An economic development tax was created to attract businesses to Clovis. Southwest Cheese is one company that has come to Clovis as a result.
  • City officials acquired 200 acres of land to be used as an industrial park. The infrastructure is in place and the industrial park is ready to be used. The city of Clovis is working with the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. to bring industries to the industrial park.

Public/business accessible quality transportation

  • A Civil Aviation Board has been created that works on improving air transportation. They are currently working to find an airline that would offer an eastbound flight from Clovis.
  • City officials have committed personnel and resources toward community development.

Efficient drainage now

  • Drainage projects have been completed such as the Sycamore Project, which supplies drainage to approximately 40 percent of the community, as well as the Greene Acres Park drainage project. Improvement of drainage throughout the city is an ongoing process.

Landfill

  • A regional landfill is now in place and fully operational.

What: Town Hall Community Visioning Meeting

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd.

Contact: City Manager's office 769-7828.

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