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Clovis to take up intergovernmental agreement


May 17, 2018

CLOVIS — The Clovis city commission today will consider again an intergovernmental agreement presented from Curry County.

The 5:15 p.m. meeting will feature a shared services and cost agreement approved Tuesday by the Curry County Commission, 3-2.

Shared services do not change — the county houses city prisoners in its detention center while the city provides EMT and fire services, pest control, enhanced 911, emergency management, landfill use and library use.

The municipalities will pay each other about $1.35 million over the next 10 years, though they pay at different schedules.

The county will give the city $35,000 annually, and provide an upfront $1 million toward implementing the city's master water assurance plan. That $1 million would come from the county's environmental gross receipts tax revenue and is marked specifically for water issues.

The city would provide that same amount in monthly payments to the county to be used for detention center operation.

This is the second attempt at the agreement, with the first coming May 1. After the county voted the agreement down on a 3-2 vote, the city commission voted to table the measure.

The agreement was negotiated by Curry County Commissioners Chet Spear and Robert Thornton and Clovis City Commissioners Ladona Clayton and Sandra Taylor-Sawyer. The biggest difference between the current agreement and the failed measure on May 1 is the creation of separate documents for the county payments and the city payments.

Other items on today's agenda include:

• A 4:45 p.m. executive session to discuss pending or threatened litigation and the acquisition or disposal of property.

• A request to stay in the Eastern Plains Council of Governments for $9,152 in membership dues and selection of a representative and alternate from the commission.

• A request for street closures and use of Greene Acres Park on July 4 for the Smoke on the Water fireworks show. There are fee waiver requests for staffing, stages, bleachers of about $14,000.

• Consideration of the preliminary 2018-19 city budget, due to the state by June 1. The preliminary budget is $46.423 million, up from last year's $44.417 million. The biggest changes come from pay increases ($652,000), sanitation ($500,000) and wastewater ($300,000).

• Usage of $4.5 million in street bonds to begin the next phase of improvements for the eastern portion of Seventh Street.

• Appointment of Alfred Bryant to the Lodger's Tax Advisory Board for its position set aside for an operator of industries serving tourists. He is filling the position of Danny Jariwala, who declined to seek an additional term.

• Appointment of Stefan Ivanescu to fill one of two vacancies on the civil aviation board created by members moving out of the city limits.

• A quarterly report from Clovis MainStreet.

• A report on the latest Washington, D.C., trip by commissioners and consultant John Ryan.


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