By Tony Parra
Larry Combs, owner of Combs Properties, received all the necessary approvals to begin construction on a development just south of Golden Acres Retirement Apartments.
Portales city councilors approved the subdivision final plat Tuesday. There are 28 lots on the 8.25 acres of the proposed development. Sammy Standefer, Portales planning director, said there were two public hearings held to listen to any support or opposition for the development.
“We (planning commission) voted in favor with two conditions,” Standefer said. “The first one is that each lot’s drainage retention plan must be shown and the developer (Combs) must pay for half of the cost of developing 22nd Street”
Standefer said the chip-sealed street will need curb and gutter improvements and widening of the street.
According to city documents, duplex units and townhouses were discussed for the lots.
In other business:
• City councilors awarded a bid to GC Engineering Inc. of Albuquerque to do a bypass and traffic analysis.
“This is a very important issue,” Debi Lee, Portales city manager, said. “We need a lot of citizen input. We want to look at the conditions, traffic patterns, including a bypass.”
Lee said city officials will request that GC Engineering hold at least five public meetings so they can hear input from community members on things like a truck bypass.
Scott Verhines of GC Engineering confirmed the goal is to have a recommendation in eight months to present to the city council.
In the motion to award the bid, city councilors approved allowing Lee to negotiate and prepare a contract with GC Engineering officials.
• City councilors approved a joint use agreement with the Portales Schools District to share the Portales High School baseball field, Wheeler Park girls softball field and the tennis courts. The facilities are owned by the schools, but both the city of Portales and school district have received federal funding for improvements to the facilities.
Lee said it is an annual agreement, which can be renewed each year. Softball teams, not affiliated with the school district, have used the softball parks during the summer and community members have used the tennis courts.
• Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega presented Joan Martinez-Terry with a certificate recognizing her during municipal clerks week April 30 through May 6.
• City councilors approved the appointment of Glen McCoy to the planning commission, but still have one more vacancy to fill. Lee said some people have shown interest for the last spot on the commission and city officials will bring back to city councilors a recommendation to fill the last vacancy.