Commission approves $7 million in bonds for wastewater plant

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Commission approved $7 million in wastewater treatment plant bonds in short order, and support for the Clovis Area Transport Service in slightly longer order, on Thursday evening. The two items drew the longest discussion at the commission’s regular meeting. Other items, with the exception of a filter replacement at the […]

Commission approves loan for wastewater pretreatment plant

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The city commission approved a $728,661 loan Thursday as an advance on cash Southwest Cheese is expecting from the state to complete a wastewater pretreatment facility. Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry told commissioners the plant was previously granted more than $800,000 through state appropriations. But in […]

Acreage proposed for biogas facility

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The city will give 20 acres of county land it plans to purchase to a New Jersey energy company for its biogas facility under a plan proposed to the City Commission. During a special meeting Tuesday, the Commission approved the introduction of an ordinance to purchase the land for […]

Commission gives go-ahead to seek grants

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Water and wastewater project funding was on the Clovis City Commission agenda at Thursday’s meeting. Commissioners passed resolutions to enable acceptance of grants from the New Mexico Environment Department for $800,000 for wastewater improvements related to Southwest Cheese and $100,000 to be used for the wastewater effluent reuse project. […]

Wastewater woes

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This 48-acre lagoon at the Clovis wastewater treatment plant started receiving water in November. The city agreed in May to accept water from Southwest Cheese, but nitrogen levels in the water have hindered the process. (CNJ staff photo:Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Nitrogen levels up to double the city standard have stalled […]

City Commission OKs service rate hikes

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor As expected, the Clovis City Commission voted Thursday to raise fees for library, inspections, animal control, wastewater and garbage services. Commissioners accepted the hikes recommended by the Revenue Review Committee, except for wastewater fees —they voted to raise them 21.45 percent instead of the recommended 26 percent. Effective April […]

City fee hikes suggested

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis wants to raise fees for city services to recoup costs incurred in providing them, according to city officials. The City Commission will vote Thursday on recommending fee increases for animal control, garbage, inspections, library and wastewater services, according to city documents. Recommended increases made […]

Plant’s water source still unknown

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A water source for a planned ethanol plant in Clovis has yet to be identified, according to ConAgra Trade Group officials. ConAgra spokeswoman Melissa Baron said no final decisions have been made about the type of water the plant will use in its operations. “There is no update at […]

Melrose awarded wastewater funds

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The village of Melrose was recently awarded $400,000 to ensure safe drinking water for its residents. According to Mayor Lance Pyle, Melrose received the funds through a Community Development Block Grant to improve the village’s wastewater treatment facility. Communities applying for a CDBG must meet one of three criteria: […]

City will sign $9.5 million loan agreement for wastewater improvements

CNJ staff Clovis Mayor David Lansford plans to sign a $9.5 million agreement Friday to improve the city’s wastewater system. The ceremony will be held at the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. office at 10 a.m. The agreement is between the New Mexico Environment Department and the city of Clovis and will enable the city to […]