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Clovis to mull disaster declaration


March 20, 2019

David Grieder

Most of Clovis' Youth Recreation Building sheet metal roof was ripped of during last week's weather.

CLOVIS - The city of Clovis still has no idea just how much damage it incurred during last Wednesday's high winds. But it's applying for state and federal reimbursement of some of those repair costs.

The city commission plans to consider a disaster declaration for the windstorm during its meeting, scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has been sent a request from the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to approve an executive order for a state disaster declaration. That would allow for state and possible federal reimbursement for up to 75 percent of the city's insurance deductibles associated with repairs.

Roof damage was sustained at the Youth Recreation Building and at the Clovis Municipal Airport, and many public venues sustained damage to lighting, seating and fencing.

The city experienced a "bomb cyclone," with sustained winds at 50 mph for eight consecutive hours and gusts of up to 77 mph near the city, officials have said.

According to dispatch records, there were 19 calls for downed power lines or power poles during the storm.

Other items on the Thursday agenda include:

• A pair of liquor license transfers, one with a change of location.

The first is for the Hilltop Bottle Shop, to be located on the 100 block of West 22nd Street. The applicant, Kyle Brewer of KRK Properties, plans to transfer the liquor license that was used by the shuttered Raintree Thriftway grocery store.

The second is for K-Bob's Steakhouse, which will be transferred from the Tinsley Hospitality Group to SSET, LLC, owned by Sid Strebeck. The organizations shared ownership of the restaurant, and SSET is buying Tinsley's share.

• The commission will consider a $24,723 change order with J&H Services for the city's effluent reuse pipeline installation. The change order installs the line at a lower depth to allow for a future sidewalk renovation at Yucca Middle School.

• A budget transfer of $8,520 to pay for promotional activities related to its recognition as one of five 2019 Great American Defense Community winners.

• A quarterly report from the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce.

• Elimination of the Clovis Cultural/Ethnic Affairs Committee, with the committee's duties to be absorbed by city employees and volunteers.

The committee lacks membership for a quorum, and multiple attempts at adding new members have been unsuccessful.

• A $900 budget transfer from the Water Policy Advisory Board's transportation/education budget to advertising efforts promoting summer water conservation.

• Appointment of Terry Potter to serve on the Senior Services Committee as the District 4 representative. He will replace Janice Martinez, who resigned the position.

• A request to apply for a $198,000 Justice Assistance Grant to be used for the Region V Drug Task force.


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