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Clovis mayor endorses no candidates


January 12, 2020

CLOVIS — In the first Clovis city commission meeting since Mayor David Lansford said he would not run for a sixth term as mayor, and the first meeting since five people signed up to take his place, Lansford concluded the meeting by answering the question he most expected to hear between now and the March 3 election day.

Lansford said he did not plan to make any endorsements of the field of Raymond Mondragon, Michael Morris, Stephen North, Rube Render and Sandra Taylor-Sawyer.

“I respect all five of them,” Lansford said, “and want to work with all five of them to transition into the job.”

The statement concluded a rather short commission meeting, with 8-0 votes on most items. The others were approvals of meeting minutes with abstentions from those commissioners who didn’t attend that meeting.

Other items at the meeting included:

• Approval of a $4.34 million project with K. Barnett and Sons for the next phase of the effluent water system.

The work will take approximately two years, City Manager Justin Howalt said. He doesn’t expect much impact to traffic, as the work takes the transmission line from the Liebelt Channel to Bob Spencer Park and adds a 1 million gallon storage tank at the park.

• Approval of a city website external links policy and a policy on social media accounts under the umbrella of the Clovis city government.

• Awarding of Ruben Alfaro as distinguished supervisor of the quarter for his work with the public works department. Public Works Director Clint Bunch said Alfaro is one of the most humble people and best leaders he knows, and his crew does a great job with sewer and wastewater matters.

The next meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Jan. 23 at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library.


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