Clovis City Commission District 3 — Q&A

Jose Griego

Jose Griego

Jose Griego

Q What specific changes need to be made to ensure the city doesn’t lose money in another scandal like the failed BHSI deal?

A What did we learn from the Underwood law firm report? It made no one accountable for the BHSI issue. The report stated that the economic development procedures had been in progress over a period of years. “Many of these mistakes had become institutionalized through the years.” I do not believe that the current ad hoc committee can resolve the procedure with city officials because they do not have objectivity, they are part of the issue. We may be able to recommend prospective business ventures, but give “due diligence” to a professional consultant firm to complete the task successfully.

Q Do you think the city is on the right track for getting the Ute Water Project completed? If not, what changes would you recommend?

A Since 1962 Clovis has taken on the responsibility of Ute Water Project. We may be at a point of no return with the cost investment in this project. The issue is that we need to make sure we meet our water needs at the present time. We need to sustain water for the city, Cannon Air Force Base, ranchers and farmers, dairy farms; the cheese plant.

We need to assist irrigation farmers in maintaining water levels to plant and yield crops. They have property water rights but wells are going dry. So we need to help them find was to resolve this issue. Communication from various water committees must stay present with current and vital information for residents in Roosevelt, Curry and Quay counties. We must also implement strict conservation measures in water use with the public.

Q Is the Colonial Park Golf Course a good or a bad investment by the city? Why? And what is in its future?

A The Colonial golf course should be sold to a reputable private sector group or firm. The city is spending too much in my estimation, and is also having to deal with management problems at the course. Sell it for a profit to get our investment in return.

Q As a city commissioner, what will be your top priorities to improve the city and what specifically will you do to make sure they happen?

A I am interested in how the administration provides services to citizens of Clovis. I am interested in the manner in which the city manager evaluates the effectiveness of head staff personal. Why would the city manager make recommendations to hire the airport director when that person has public school facilities maintenance experience. The city needs a person who knows and has skills to attract an airline carrier to and from Clovis. This concern ties in with Underwood law firm report.

Q What specific ideas do you offer to improve the quality of life in Clovis?

A This a good question in my estimation. Define “quality of life” for the third district, because that is the district that I will represent on the City Commission? It is the most vulnerable of all four districts. Of all the five contradictions or challenges that I could find, I want to state one of them: “Robin Hood in reverse.” We pay taxes but there is no return in development of the third district. It is the same or worse than it was 60 years ago.”

 

Gloria WickerGloria-Wicker-WEB

Q What specific changes need to be made to ensure the city doesn’t lose money in another scandal like the failed BHSI deal?

A Each committee involved should be closely examined as to who voted, or when they made their choice for approval. I think perhaps on such large amounts it should be double checked.

Q Do you think the city is on the right track for getting the Ute Water Project completed? If not, what changes would you recommend?

A Ute Lake was started on 1958 or 1959. The full purpose was to send all the water to the following towns: Tucumcari, Melrose, Portales, Clovis, Logan, Elida, Floyd and Grady. The longer delayed the more it cost. It was $2 million and now it’s $5 million.

Q Is the Colonial Park Golf Course a good or a bad investment by the city? Why? And what is in its future?

A I fought for the parks and the swimming pools. The closing of Hillcrest golf course in my opinion was the biggest mistake ever made. The Colonial course could be a great place and needs to be taken seriously. There were 900 citizens’ names on a petition to save the (Hillcrest) golf course. I will endeavor to move the soccer field to another location for better parking places and also have grandstands and seating for the public.

Q As a city commissioner, what will be your top priorities to improve the city and what specifically will you do to make sure they happen?

A I will be available to the voters to the best I can to see dead trees and bushes, unoccupied buildings, houses, etc., are removed. I will give attention to schools, streets and recreation.

Q What specific ideas do you offer to improve the quality of life in Clovis?

A I will represent the people of Clovis to my very best capability. I have lobbied in Washington D.C. and would do that for the city of Clovis if needed. I believe the city of Clovis has a great staff and employees. I would not want to live elsewhere.

 

Fidel Madrid

Fidel Madrid

Fidel Madrid

Q What specific changes need to be made to ensure the city doesn’t lose money in another scandal like the failed BHSI deal?

A We now have a committee headed by Commissioner Sandra Taylor-Sawyer to ensure that there are no more scandals like BHSI. I feel the city also needs to hire a CPA on an as-needed basis to check out these companies that are coming into town.

Q Do you think the city is on the right track for getting the Ute Water Project completed? If not, what changes would you recommend?

A I believe we are on the right track for getting the Ute Water Project completed.

Q Is the Colonial Park Golf Course a good or a bad investment by the city? Why? And what is in its future?

A I think the golf course was a good investment for the city because we now have an 18-hole golf course, and it is really looking nice now. When we first bought the golf course it was in bad shape.

Q As a city commissioner, what will be your top priorities to improve the city and what specifically will you do to make sure they happen?

A Our top priority is water. We need to complete the Ute Water Project, and also the effluent water projects. Another priority is to work on the roads in Clovis. We have completed the construction on Norris, and we are working on Martin Luther King. We have also completed the construction on Schepps Boulevard by the college. Rio Street is going to be worked on soon, and also the state is working on U.S. 60-84 on the east side. We need to get them to work on the west side of 60-84. We are also conducting a study on what needs to be done on Wilhite Road.

Q What specific ideas do you offer to improve the quality of life in Clovis?

A The city is working on a parks plan to ensure the quality of life in Clovis. We are asking everyone to go now to the city’s website and give us ideas to help improve the parks. We still have to complete a T-ball field at Potter Park and also a parking lot. Some of the projects we have already completed include a splash park, soccer fields, walking trails, dog park, rugby field and a cricket field. The city has been working hard to improve the quality of life in Clovis.