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Curry to consider film rules


June 26, 2019

CLOVIS — As TV and film productions stay popular in New Mexico, the Curry County Commission on Thursday will consider the early steps of establishing regulations for permitting and performance standards of like projects locally.

In its regular meeting Thursday morning, commissioners are scheduled to take action on a notice of intent for an ordinance on film, television and movie productions in the county.

If approved, the ordinance would come before the commission at its Aug. 6 meeting, at which time public input is welcome. The proposed regulations would not apply to news productions, personal or charitable films, county-produced government access films or still photography productions involving less than 10 people.

Other professional productions would require a permit application at least five days prior to the start of filming or 30 days in advance if the filming “may interfere with traffic or may involve potential safety hazards.”

Also at the meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday at the commission chambers, 417 Gidding Street:

• Reports from the road department and adult and juvenile detention center administrators.

• Update on Curry County Detention Center renovations and additions.

• Request for approval of resolution approving participation in the programs of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments for fiscal year 2020.

• A request to appoint Jason Felty of American Heritage Bank to the county investment committee.

• Request for action on two resolutions pertaining to local government road fund agreements with the state’s Department of Transportation. The two projects have a combined cost of $518,213, of which the county’s matching share would be 25 percent.

• Request for action on a resolution to support “New Energy New Mexico,” a coalition of local governments, businesses and other organizations to advance “responsible wind energy growth” in the state.

• Consideration of options for roof replacement at the Curry County Events Center following the March 13 wind storm damage. The county would be responsible for an insurance deductible of $2,500 of an estimated replacement cost of $1.6 million. Between two options for repair, Facilities Maintenance Superintendent Ben Roberts recommends overlaying on the existing roof with additional insulation between panels, with an estimated completion time of two months.


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