Local officials providing quarterly updates at luncheon

Kevin Wilson

Numerous entities from Clovis and Curry County will let residents, and each other, know what’s going on in their departments.

The quarterly information luncheon is set for noon Wednesday at the Clovis Civic Center. Residents interested in attending are asked to RSVP by calling the county at 763-6016.

Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said he would update various county activities and projects, but primarily, “an update on the needs analysis that was just completed on the criminal justice complex.”

The proposed complex, which would carry a price tag of $33 million, would upgrade the courthouse and detention center. In a presentation on Wednesday, Kevin Powers of Albuquerque’s RBC Capital proposed the county take the issue of funding to voters in the November General Election in the form of two bond questions — one to raise gross receipts taxes by .25 percent and another for a General Obligation Bond that would increase property taxes.

City Manager Joe Thomas and Mayor Gayla Brumfield will give updates for the city.

“We’re going to start the 21st Street reconstruction in August, so I’ll talk a little about that,” said Brumfield. “We’ll do some draining around the Wilshire/Avondale intersection and we’ll completely reconstruct 21st Street from Prince to Norris.”

Updates should also be expected on the future of Hotel Clovis, Brumfield said.

Others scheduled to speak include:

• John Neibling, president of Clovis Community College,

• Clovis Interim Superintendent G.S. Ross

• MainStreet Director Robyne Baubien,

• Chase Gentry of the Clovis Industrial Development Corp.

• Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie Kos

• Regional growth planner Rick Draker

• Col. Kirk Smith, vice commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing