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City manager details concept for new rec center


September 12, 2018

PORTALES — City Manager Sammy Standefer shared details about a conceptual design for a new city recreation facility during Tuesday's Portales City Council meeting.

Located next to the existing city pool on Seventh Street, the plans call for a full gymnasium, multi-purpose room, racquetball courts, arts and crafts areas, locker rooms, office space and a sports lounge.

Standefer said the price estimate for the facility was around $8 million, which he said was more than the city was expecting. He said the next step would be to talk to the city's financial advisers about different ways the city could fund the project.

Standefer said the conceptual design followed his vision of an open feel with glass windows adorning the entrance.

The city is also considering plans to turn the existing Rec Center into an entertainment venue, which would necessitate a new recreation facility.

Mayor Pro Tem Michael Miller and Councilor Veronica Cordova were absent.

Also at Tuesday's meeting (all votes 6-0):

• The council approved a memorandum of agreement with the New Mexico Department of Transportation to fund the Portales Area Transit program for fiscal year 2019. The city will receive $199,418.28 in federal funding with a local match of $120,710.94.

• The council approved an application to the New Mexico Water Trust Board to request $156,265 with a 10 percent local match for water storage improvements.

• The council approved a resolution supporting enhanced safety in public schools.

"We had several shootings in our area," Police Chief Pat Gallegos said. "Roswell, we had the library shooting in Clovis, so it's come to the forefront and we're just asking for support so we can go to legislation and maybe enact some laws to keep our schools safe."

• The council approved policies to be compliant for future Community Development Block Grant projects.

• Jackson read a proclamation declaring Sept. 17-23 to be "Constitution Week" in Portales.

• David Hunton, the council's representative to the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. was recognized for 15 years of service to the city.


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