Committee talks traffic flow, recycling bin relocation
Last updated 6/27/2020 at 3:53pm
CLOVIS — After meeting for the first time since January, the city of Clovis’ Public Works Committee decided it would need at least an additional meeting to take care of much of its leftover business.
The committee met Wednesday morning at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, a recent standard for public meetings given the facility’s large capacity and infrastructure for Internet streaming.
The main discussion items of traffic near the Walgreens pharmacy and recycling bin relocation were discussed in some detail, partially as a refresher and partially to accommodate new committee members, before they were tabled for a future meeting.
City officials first targeted traffic changes near the 21st and Prince Walgreens in its October meeting. Most people enter the store through the three legal ways — a right turn from Prince Street, a right turn from 21st Street and via Ross Street to the south. The city is targeting left turns, primarily those from the south entrance onto 21st.
City Manager Justin Howalt said he has spoken with store management, and an initial idea to simply close the south exit on 21st Street was shot down because of its impact on delivery trucks.
Right now, Howalt said, the thought is to set up a barricade that would prevent left turns from the south entrance onto 21st Street and create left turn bays for Ross Street. Howalt said any change to traffic flow would require consultation with Walgreens regional management, as local store management doesn’t have the authority to make those decisions.
A request by Public Works Director Clint Bunch to place recycling bins at Roy Walker Recreation Center was tabled, with committee members wanting to study the issue more.
Bunch said the city currently has bins at Wal-Mart and Albertsons parking lots to recycle cardboard, plastic and tin. The city previously had a third location at 21st and Williams. The parcel of land was previously owned by former Mayor David Lansford, who allowed bins on the property at no charge. Unbeknownst to the city, Lansford sold the property a few years ago and the new landowner asked for their removal. Committee members suggested parking lots across from Clovis High School at the 21st and Thornton intersection and Trinity United Methodist Church northwest of the 21st and Williams intersection, but hadn’t discussed the matter with the respective property owners.
Bunch floated a fourth collection area at the former Raintree Thriftway parking lot, but committee members noted the Wal-Mart location is already quite close.
In other business at the meeting:
• The committee recommended a pair of paving projects.
The department, Bunch said, gets an annual allocation of about $350,000 for various paving needs. He identified a $198,000 project on Fred Daugherty from Norris to Morse that would include a segment of Peacock Plaza, and a $125,000 project on Thornton Street between Seventh and Grand.
Both items require city commission approval.
• Committee members recommended the alleyway at the 2700 block of Echols. EPCOR water owns the property on both sides of the alley, and has actually had the alley fenced for years without incident.
The request is due before the Planning and Zoning Commission, but Planning and Zoning Administrator Louis Gordon wanted Public Works’ opinion on the matter beforehand.
There are no utilities outside of water services in the alley, and Xcel Energy can access the power pole in the area without going into the alley.
Committee member Randy Petty said based on the details given, the alley had already been unofficially vacated for years.
• John King, deputy director of operations for Clovis Municipal Schools, updated the committee on various summer projects.
The district has completed abatement of the former Parkview Elementary and restoration of playground equipment at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista that was damaged by a fire. Demolition on Parkview will begin in late July or early August, and roof and HVAC work at the central office will start July 6. Projects underway include fire alarm replacement at Clovis High School and polishing and flooring replacement at Cameo and Mesa elementaries.
• The next meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. July 22.