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Officials receive camera update


March 15, 2020

CLOVIS — Despite the close date being pushed back several months, the Curry County Adult Detention Center’s renovation project remains a standout issue for the Curry County Commission.

Commissioners on Thursday received an update regarding security cameras, but it was brief and left them with concerns.

Levi Weckar of HB Construction assured the commission more information would follow soon with a more thorough presentation scheduled for Tuesday.

Weckar referenced a change he said was requested for an additional 11 cameras that were separate from the 29 additional cameras previously found missing on the project’s design documents and said that part of the project was progressing.

Commissioner Chet Spear asked Weckar about the Feb. 6 meeting where representatives from HB and and ASA Architects spoke with the commission about the current state of the project and pressed Weckar for an estimate of how much the 29 missing cameras would cost.

Weckar was unable to comment and Spear said ASA had promised to provide an estimate of the price by the end of the week of the Feb. 6 meeting. The county never received an estimate and has only been told the price will be at least $100,000.

Weckar did not recall any such promise by HB or ASA, but with further pushing by the commission said that HB does have an estimated figure and promised it would be presented Tuesday.

Spear was critical of how long it has taken HB to get an estimate, stating it had been three months since the issue was discovered.

Following the presentation, the commission approved a reductive change order for $5,738.21 for a wall that HB found was impossible to build.

Following the end of the meeting, the commission took a tour of the jail to check on the progress of the project.

Other highlights from the Thursday morning meeting:

• The commission adopted a notice of intent to revise the Clean Indoor Air Ordinance, which provides smoke-free areas and penalties. The updated ordinance will be changed to include vaping.

• A retirement plaque was presented to David Corbin.

• Commissioners took a recess to canvas the votes for municipal elections in Clovis and Texico. Clovis had 18,379 registered voters with 4,491 votes cast. Texico had only 27 voters with no contested races.

• Kadee Hande gave the financial report for the Events Center and Fairground for January. Commissioner Seth Martin asked if the coronavirus had caused any cancellations; Hande said no.

The commission went on to approve a Country Music Kick-Off Concert to promote the 100th Anniversary of the Curry County Fair. The event would be right before the fair kicks off the Tuesday of Fair Week and cost between $10 and $15. A larger preview of the fair will be on the agenda for Tuesday.

• Commissioner Robert Sandoval took a moment to address the recent coronavirus concerns and propose addressing it in a future meeting by inviting a local Department of Public Health official to give a presentation.

Sandoval asked everyone to take the situation seriously.

• The meeting ended with an executive session regarding pending opioid litigation. No action was taken following the executive session.


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