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Officials to consider board members


May 6, 2020

CLOVIS — There is no guarantee of when Clovis’ various advisory boards will be meeting again given restrictions on mass gatherings. But commissioners will decide on Thursday who belongs to which boards when they do meet again.

The 5:15 p.m. commission meeting at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library will be virtual due to public health orders regarding mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The city will broadcast the meeting on Suddenlink Channel 10, online at and Anybody with questions or comments can call 575-763-9200 during the meeting.

There are more than two dozen advisory boards under the city commission, meeting as frequently as monthly to the call of the chairman.

While longer-tenured commissioners are likely to keep most of their current positions, the priority is to dole out the positions that are currently slated to former elected officials:

• Mayor David Lansford (replaced by Mike Morris): Served on the Animal Control Task Force, Economic Incentive Board industrial revenue bond subcommittee, Finance Committee, Water Policy Advisory Committee, Committee of Fifty, Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority, Ute Water Commission. Lansford has indicated he intends to remain on the final two.

• District 1 Commissioner David Robinson (replaced by Leo Lovett): Served on the Chamber of Commerce Railroad Committee and Public Works. Robinson was not placed on many committees since it was established he was serving out the remainder of Ladona Clayton’s term and didn’t plan to run for re-election.

• District 2 Commissioner Sandra Taylor-Sawyer (replaced by Lauren Rowley): Served on Animal Control Task Force, Economic Incentive Board industrial revenue bond subcommittee, Water Policy Advisory Committee, Chamber of Commerce Railroad Committee, Eastern Plains Council of Governments (alternate).

The only committee with no members assigned is the Charter Review Committee. The charter requires a review at least once every 10 years, and committee members are appointed at that time. It last met in 2011, and voters approved a recommendation to bar elected city officers from also serving in an elected county office.

Other items on the Thursday agenda include:

• A lease agreement with the New Mexico Environment Department for water rights as part of a groundwater remediation plan near the 21st/Prince intersection. The lease agreement covers a maximum 50 acre feet annually at $17,660.16 for up to 10 years.

Daniel B. Stephens and Associates expects the treatment system will run five to seven years.

• An agreement with Denver Air Connection at Clovis Municipal Airport. The airline took over Friday under the federally subsidized Essential Air Service program with flights to and from Denver International Airport.

The airline will pay the city $3,344.25 monthly rent at the terminal.

• An $18,234 change order for work that has been completed on Norris Street just north of the Brady Street intersection. During sewer line relocation work, it was discovered existing infrastructure conflicted with the proposed elevation of the sewer line. To avoid the conflict, an inverted siphon was installed.

• An election for a citizen member on the lodger’s tax advisory board. Bill Bargman’s term has expired, and both he and Gail Tarson have applied for the upcoming term.

• A report on Clovis Civic Center operations from Director Misty Bertrand.

• A 4:45 p.m. executive session preceding the meeting for discussion of property acquisition or disposal.


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