Architects to discuss proposed judicial complex at meeting

File photo Architects will discuss plans for a judicial complex in downtown Clovis during a public meeting today at 1:15 p.m. in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library.

Sharna Johnson

Architects are hoping to foster a productive exchange with the community during a meeting to discuss a proposed judicial complex today.

Coordinated by Curry County as a presentation for citizens committees tasked with solving issues faced by the jail and courthouse, representatives from Rohde May Keller McNamara Architecture will make a presentation at 1:15 p.m. in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library.

The meeting is open to the public.

In 2010, the Albuquerque firm studied space and security issues faced by the courts and jail and devised a multi-phase plan which included a combination of renovation and new construction to create a three-block judicial complex in downtown Clovis.

Voters overwhelmingly rejected tax increases Nov. 2 which were aimed at providing $33 million for the first portion of the complex’s estimated $90 million price tag.

In December, the county commission created two citizens committees to study the issues at the jail and courthouse.

By January, the majority of the committee’s 15 members had resigned after being directed to close their meetings to the public.

Resigned committee member Wayland Thomas said he helped to organize the presentation and plans to attend.

Thomas said his primary goal was to have the meeting held in public and to see if there were options evaluated by architects that were never presented to the community.

Thomas said whatever is discussed, he is pleased to see the meeting will be open because it means, in regard to his and the resignations of other committee members, “it wasn’t all for nothing.”

Architect Don May said he plans to give attendees an abbreviated version of presentations previously given, including an overview of the goals and findings of his firm’s assessment of the county’s current and future needs.

After presenting his firm’s conclusions and work, May said he plans to open the meeting up as a public forum for questions and an exchange of ideas.

He explained there were multiple options discussed and studied early on, but “I think the most economically responsible and viable one was presented (to voters).

“I think we’ve studied all reasonable and rational options to this point. I hope it’s productive, that’s the main thing.”