Food provider to be contracted for golf course

Kevin Wilson

The Clovis City Commission approved a stopgap measure Thursday to avoid hitting into rough territory with the Colonial Park Golf Course.

By a 6-0 vote, the commission allowed golf pro Charlie Maciel to contract a food provider for the 18-hole course purchased until the course is taken over May 1, 2012, by a still-undetermined provider through a request for proposal process.

The request also allows the parks and recreation department to rent the former country club’s ballroom until that date.

Commissioner Randy Crowder abstained from the vote. He said he had no issue with the food service, but balked because the request was generic and there were no details offered on paper.

Bizzell and City Manager Joe Thomas said the measure was put through in a pinch to address concerns from the Clovis Ladies Golf Association, which has a tournament scheduled at the course Wednesday and wanted some assurance of food service for about 50 people — a condition that was never a problem in previous years, when the country club was in private hands.

“There are still some unanswered questions, I certainly agree with that,” Thomas said. “Even we don’t have all the answers right now.”

Commissioners said they didn’t want to get in the business of running a restaurant, but they wanted to give Maciel the ability to offer a limited menu so golfers — especially those paying to rent the entire course for a tournament — and the limited number of other people who come out to the course as guests could have something to eat at the course.

Glennis Erramouspe, one of several golfers to ask questions during the discussion, asked what the commissioners meant when they called the menu limited. Bizzell said the intent was to have a menu similar to previous years — a few choices, but nothing like a full restaurant — that offered breakfast and lunch.

Crowder said the issue had him looking ahead with fear to the next morning, when he was going to get calls about his vote.

“I know you have it clear in your mind,” Crowder told Bizzell. “I don’t have it clear in my mind.”

Commissioner Fred Van Soelen said the action was a stopgap, and the commission might be meeting through the Wednesday golf tournament if they ironed out every detail, rather than agreeing in principle and revisiting the issue later.

The food service issue is one of a few kinks so far since the city agreed to purchase the course — formerly the Chaparral Country Club — in April. The deal was finalized in June, when more than $6 million was received from the renewal of a parks and recreation bond.

A supplemental report to Thursday’s city commission meeting.

Commissioner Bobby Sandoval was not in attendance. All measures, unless otherwise noted, passed on 7-0 votes.

• The commission accepted Lodger’s Tax Advisory board recommendations from the board’s Tuesday meeting.

The $18,000 distributed goes to four recipients — $8,500 to the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce for various promotional endeavors, $4,000 to the Clovis Youth Soccer Association, $3,500 to the Oct. 29 “End of an Era” tournament at Clovis Municipal Golf Course and $2,000 to Curry County Teen Court.

• The Clovis Municipal Airport was awarded airport of the year status by the New Mexico State Aviation Department.

Airport Director Steve Summers said the staff of three does an excellent job, and the airport couldn’t succeed without the full support of the city.

• Proclaimed Oct. 13 as U.S. Navy Day. Rick Robertson, a Navy veteran and 1955 Clovis High School graduate, said a Navy Birthday Ball was scheduled for 5 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3280. Dinner is $13 per person or $25 per couple, but Robertson said people were welcome to come for free if they didn’t want dinner.

• George Hutchison of Clovis asked the commission for help with an element of Hotel Clovis construction that has restricted access to his garage on the 100 block of Main Street. He has resided there since 1959.

A fence put in by contractors working on behalf of Tierra Realty does not give Hutchison enough room to maneuver his truck into the garage, and it is cost-prohibitive for him to renovate the garage. He currently has to park on Main Street, which has two-hour time limits.

“I don’t want to cause a problem,” Hutchison said. “I just want to get my cars into my garage.”

Commissioners asked City Manager Joe Thomas if they could at least waive the two-hour restriction for the family. Thomas said those parking areas are only enforced if a complaint is lobbied, so waiving the restriction wouldn’t be an issue.

Mayor Gayla Brumfield said she would see what she could do to remedy the situation, but made no guarantee. She said the easement that allowed Hutchison to park his truck in his garage was always private property, and it’s up to that property owner to work with him or not.

• The commission adopted “Plan A” for its city redistricting. The commission was given four plans by Research and Polling of Albuquerque to redraw districts to allow for even populations according to 2010 census figures, and not dramatically alter district demographics.

Under Plan A, all areas enclosed within the rectangle formed by Llano Estacado Boulevard and Prince, 21st and Norris streets would move from District 1 to District 4, and all areas that are both west of Prince Street and south of the Burlington Northern railroad would move from District 2 to District 3.

• The commission approved a bid from K. Barnett and Sons to work on a channel excavation for a drainage project on Curry County Road K.

The city could have either allowed the county to do the work for an estimated $45,000, and reimburse the costs if the city annexed the area within three years, or have Barnett handle the bid for $35,000.

Thomas and City Engineer Justin Howalt said the city would be better off tackling the job for an upfront cost lower than having the bill potentially hanging over the city’s head. Commissioner Randy Crowder agreed, noting that having Barnett handle all of the tasks was better than having different entities tackle the work.

• The commission appointed a pair of commissioners to take over duties for Crowder, who accepted a position on the Interstate Stream Commission and had to give up posts at the Ute Water Commission and the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority.

Juan Garza was nominated to the UWC and Chris Bryant to the ENMWUA. Both passed on unanimous votes, but Garza abstained on the UWC vote.

• Randy Holland, Rose Riley and Bonnie Dutton were re-elected to the Keep Clovis Beautiful Committee, and Linda Brown was elected to a vacant post.

• Don David, Connie Connelly and Adam Warren were reappointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission.