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Golf course management may change


February 20, 2019

Kevin Wilson

The Clovis City Commission will consider picking a new vendor for management of the city-owned Colonial Park Golf Course.

CLOVIS - Colonial Park Golf Course may soon have new management in place.

The Clovis city commission will be asked at its Thursday meeting to approve entering negotiations with Austin-based Touchstone Golf for operation of the 18-hole course purchased by the city in 2011.

The meeting is set for 5:15 p.m. at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

Touchstone was the top-ranked proposal by the request for proposal committee set up after Real Golf, which had managed the course since it became city-owned, opted to terminate its agreement with the city.

Real Golf agreed to stay on until new management was found or it reached a new deal with the city. Real Golf was the fifth-highest scored of the applicants, which also included Billy Casper Golf, GolfLinks, West Texas Turf and Play More Golf.

Founded in 2005, Touchstone operates 39 courses in 10 states for municipal governments, private owners and financial institutions, with 16 of those courses municipal or government-owned. The closest of those to Clovis is Painted Dunes in El Paso.

The commission Thursday also will consider hiring King Industries to help develop conceptual plans relating to the PFAS/PFOA contamination adjacent to Cannon Air Force Base.

Work by King is not to exceed $15,000. The money will come from Curry County environmental gross receipts taxes paid to the city through a joint powers agreement.

King would represent the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority, Clovis, Curry County and other local stakeholders in creating a plan with the U.S. Air Force to protect groundwater resources surrounding the base.

The New Mexico Environment Department last year issued a notice of violation to Cannon for failure to take appropriate and timely action to contain and remove or mitigate the damage from a discharge of PFAS/PFOA, chemicals used in firefighting.

Actions would include:

• Developing a graphical representation of the extent of contamination

• Identify areas where wells should not be considered for supply to the water authority

• Represent the authority, Clovis, Curry County and stakeholders in meetings held on the matter

• Work with the base to create short- and long-term containment and treatment plans that consider the interest of the municipalities, their citizens and agricultural producers

Other items on Thursday's agenda include:

• A request to join a lawsuit against the state taxation and revenue department over the accounting and distribution of gross receipts taxes.

The agreement with Gallagher and Kennedy, P.A., is capped at $60,000.

Municipalities already in the lawsuit are the cities of Albuquerque, Artesia, Farmington, Moriarty, Hobbs, Santa Fe, Estancia, Bloomfield, Raton, Portales, Socorro, Espanola; the villages of Bosque Farms, Ruidoso and Hatch; and the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, and Otero.

• A budget transfer of $42,025 to do taxiway repainting at the Clovis Municipal Airport to satisfy FAA inspection requirements.

• Election of a citizen member to serve on the Clovis Civil Aviation Board. Donnie Lewellen has applied to serve a further term, but Guillermo Lopez has also applied for the position.

• Appointment of Cliff Martin to the Public Works Committee and Constance Williams on the Senior Services Committee.

• Appointment of Ladona Clayton to replace Mayor David Lansford on the public works committee as the District 1 commission representative.


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