$1 million allocated for effluent pipeline

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

The city is earmarking about $1 million for the effluent reuse pipeline project.

City commissioners voted unanimously during a special meeting Wednesday to designate a portion of the Infrastructure Gross Receipt Tax earmarked for water projects to the pipeline project. Commissioners also made a $9.8 million capital outlay project wish list they will give state legislators.

The pipeline project has already received about $1.5 million from state and federal legislators, according to Mayor Pro Tem Randall Crowder.

“But the city has not made a commitment at all,” he said, adding that city needs to earmark money before starting the $16 million project.

The project calls for a pipeline connecting city property to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The recycled water will be used for irrigation and dust control.

The project will save the city about 670 million gallons of water annually.

“The primary benefit is it will extend the life of the (Ogallala) Aquifer,” Crowder said.

Crowder said the remaining balance for the project will mostly be paid for through water sales. Potential customers include the Clovis school district, Clovis Community College and Curry County.

Commissioners decided on five projects they will ask state legislators to help.

At the top of the list is $3 million to repair the wastewater treatment plant.

The city will also ask for:

—$2 million to widen both Martin Luther King Boulevard and Norris Street

—$3 million for a wellness development and youth center

—$1.5 million for parking lot expansion and plumbing improvements for the Clovis Municipal Airport

—$350,000 to start development of an emergency communications and operations center

Assistant City Clerk Claire Burroughes said state legislators will receive the list Dec. 14.