Commissioners to consider 400-stall horse barn

Robin Fornoff

Among items coming up Tuesday at a meeting of the Curry County commissioners: An ambitious plan for a 400-stall horse barn to be built adjacent the Events Center at an estimated cost of $5 million.

The commission meets at 9 a.m. at Melrose City Hall.

The horse barn is a concept being offered by a special committee appointed by commissioners earlier this year in response to complaints from contestants participating in one of the many rodeos and horse shows hosted at the Events Center.

Contestants don’t have an enclosed area to house their horses at the center.

County Manager Lance Pyle said the committee will update commissioners and all talks are preliminary.

In a memo to Pyle, Events Center Manger Kevin Jolley notes the plan supported by the committee is similar to one conceived for the East Texas State Fair in Tyler, Texas.

“The barn,” Jolley notes in the memo, “that we are recommending is a 400 stall horse barn with a 90 foot by 120 foot warm-up arena, wash racks, restrooms, an office area and a small concession stand.”

Jolley also notes that in addition to being a horse barn, the proposed facility “can be equipped to meet the needs of the Curry County Fair Livestock Show, allowing all livestock to be under one roof.”

Jolley estimates the new barn could generate as much as $100,000 a year in stall revenue.

Also on the agenda:

• A briefing on the condition of the old Post Office building, 417 Gidding St., and an assessment of space needs to move county offices to the site.

• An update on Phase 2 of the Melrose Water Treatment construction.

• A request to approve applying for a $1.4 million grant to help pay the costs of upgrading roads to accommodate the proposed Tres Amigas project north of Clovis.