Mayor to talk accomplishments in state of city address

File photo Securing money for the Hull Street Overpass construction is one of the successes Mayor Gayla Brumfield plans to discuss during Thursday’s State of the City address.

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer

Mayor Gayla Brumfield thought there were great successes for Clovis over the last year, but an easy ride isn’t expected for the coming 12 months.

“I think the biggest challenges would be making sure we get the funding in place for the things we need to keep going,” Brumfield said. “Our gross receipts are hanging in there, but because of the (economic troubles of the) rest of the state, getting funding’s going to be one of our biggest challenges.”

Brumfield will give her second state of the city address 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s north annex.

The address, Brumfield said, is a mix of reports from city departments, and brief additions from the Clovis/County Chamber of Commerce and covers economic development.

“We’re just going to talk about the past year and our accomplishments,” Brumfield said, “such as the Hull Street bridge and the Ute Water Project.”

The Hull Street Overpass is expected to be completed by the end of the year, after more than two years out of service, and the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority has gained utility authority status that will take effect in June.

In mentioning expansion at Cannon Air Force Base, the Tres Amigas power grid project and a planned wind farm, Brumfield said Clovis had “unlimited” potential.

The main challenges in a rough national and state economy, Brumfield said, will be to acquire money for local street repairs and the Ute Water Project.

“We need to make sure we have a supply,” Brumfield said. “I feel we’re doing a lot with New Mexico American Water (the city’s provider) and the ag people.”