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Clovis commission to consider new policy


January 8, 2020

CLOVIS — The Clovis city commission will consider a new policy at its Thursday meeting covering the usage and creation of social media accounts on behalf of the city.

The social media policy is rooted in the city having “an overriding interest and expectation in deciding what is ‘spoken’ on behalf of the city on its social media sites.”

The policy only covers city social media accounts, and defers guidelines for how city employees use personal social media to its human resources department.

The policy would keep the website as the primary online presence, and require the city manager approval for creation of any new city social media accounts.

Any city social media accounts would be subject to state public records laws, with the city clerk responsible for any records requests.

The commission will also consider a website content and external links policy regarding the city’s website. No such policy has existed before, and was created at the same time as the social media policy.

Under the policy, links are included to other sites, but “the sole and limited purpose of this city’s website and permitted external links is to provide non-political and/or non-religious information of a factual nature about the city of Clovis, including various services and resources available within and around the city, or as may be available from other government agencies.”

Other items on the agenda for the 5:15 p.m. meeting at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library include:

• A bid with K. Barnett and Sons for Phase 1D of the effluent water pipeline, also known as the Clovis Reuse System.

The $4.34 million project will take the transmission line from the Liebelt Channel to Bob Spencer Park and add a 1 million gallon storage tank at the park.

The money will be paid for through a $2.87 million state water trust board grant/loan, $978,000 through an intergovernmental agreement with Curry County and $495,000 in wastewater treatment plant reserves.

The reuse system takes wastewater that is treated to fall below potable standards but be adequate for watering fields and other municipal uses. Phase 2 will take the pipeline to the Colonial Park Golf Course and be the conclusion of construction.

• Final approval of updates to the city traffic ordinance to fall in line with state changes.

• An addendum for the future public shooting range at Ned Houk Park.

The agreement between the city and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish dictates the range will be open at least four days a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) for six hours each day. No membership in any organization will be required to shoot at the range.

The city cannot charge more than $6 per round of trap or skeet, $40 for a round (100 targets) of sporting clays, $25 for a half-round of sporting clays; or $6 per day to use either the indoor archery range, outdoor archery range or indoor airgun range. Those costs can be evaluated annually, but NMDGF must approve changes.

• Approval of a memorandum of understanding between the city and Curry County for a Homeland Security grant application. The city would act as fiscal agent for the $62,751 grant to go toward equipment for prevention and detection of cyber security attacks.

The Curry County Commission approved the MOU in its Dec. 30 special meeting.


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