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Capital wishlist draft to be presented at Portales meeting


August 8, 2017

PORTALES — A draft of Portales’ improvements wishlist is scheduled to be presented at today’s city council meeting at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Building.

The Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan for 2019-2023 has been compiled by staff and a committee of council members, and will be presented to the council before receiving recommendations at a public hearing at 2 p.m. Friday, according to City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry.

The plan will then be brought before the council for approval at its Aug. 22 meeting.

The purpose of the ICIP is to apply for legislative funding for future projects, said Martinez-Terry.

“If you don’t have it on this plan, they’ll never consider it. It’s for the state legislature. They will not consider giving funding for anything that’s not on an ICIP,” she said.

The preliminary list includes wellfield improvements (2019), senior center improvements (2020), new garbage trucks (2021), Morrison Park improvements (2022), and pool improvements (2023).

Also at today’s meeting:

• An application for $11,000 in airport aid from the New Mexico Department of Transportation will be up for approval.

The funds will go toward annual maintenance to the Portales Airport’s runway, and will require a 10 percent match from the city, according to Martinez-Terry.

• Councilors will hear an update of the Portales MainStreet Program from Executive Director Sandy Vigil.

• The council will also review a biennial memorandum of understanding between the New Mexico Mainstreet Program, the City of Portales, and Portales MainStreet.

The memorandum is required for Portales MainStreet to receive assistance from New Mexico MainStreet, according to Martinez-Terry.

“(New Mexico MainStreet) offer training and other things like that. There’s not actually a whole lot of money. It’s more like in-kind. It says that we’re on board with them to improve the community downtown,” she said.


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