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Water authority to talk structure


December 18, 2019

CLOVIS — The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority will discuss its current and future organizational structure when it meets Thursday afternoon.

The meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Sitterly Professional Center at 801 Pile St. in Clovis.

The restructuring of the authority has become necessary due to recent departures. Curry County and the villages of Grady and Melrose intend to leave the authority, leaving Clovis, Portales, Texico and Elida as the remaining membership.

Members discussed a need to amend the 2011 state legislation that created the authority with its current structure as a seven-member board — three members from Clovis, two members from Portales, one member from Curry County and the final vote rotating between the four smaller communities.

Authority Chair David Lansford has proposed a five-member authority, comprised of three Clovis representatives and two Portales representatives. Texico and Elida would be represented through the larger cities, which are also county seats.

Other items on the Thursday agenda include:

• A discussion of upcoming legislative activities.

• A request to approve an easement agreement with the Ruvalcaba Family Living Trust.

• Updates to the authority’s financial management and procurement policies and its purchasing policies and procedures manual.


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