Council approves zoning for Downtown Master Plan

Thomas Garcia

The Portales City Council moved one step closer to revamping downtown as they adopted an ordnance approving the zoning district for the Downtown Master Plan.

The Master Plan, approved June 17, has designated character zones which include shopfronts, live-work, urban residential and mixed use.

“Adoption of this ordinance puts in place and enforces the zoning ordinances outlined in the Downtown Master Plan,” said Portales City Manager Debi Lee. “The next step is to finalize the map for downtown and have the council approve it,” Lee said.

Lee presented the parking lot design proposal for the Roosevelt County Courthouse to a receptive Roosevelt County Commission earlier in the day.

The council also approved street improvements in the amount of $741,743.

The first street project approved is part of a New Mexico Department of Transportation Cooperative Project Program.

This project will apply a single penetration chip-seal to several streets and cold mill in place several streets in Portales.

The total cost for the program is $77,885 the NMDOT will pay 75 percent of the cost or $58,414 and the city will pay 25 percent of the project cost at 19,471.

The streets being looked at by the city for the chip sealing are Boston from Lime Street to the Roosevelt County Law Enforcement Center, 16th Street from Avenue I to Avenue F and 14th Street from Avenue I to Avenue E.

The second project is for the construction of street and drainage improvements to six streets in Portales.

The streets include West Gum Street, West Juniper, East Eighth Street and the intersection of South Avenue D and West 18th Street.

The total cost of the project is $663,858, which was bid by K. Barnett and Son’s Inc., of Portales.

The appropriated budget allotted by the council for this project was $650,000.

City of Portales Public Works Director, Tom Howell suggested that the additional $13,858 come from the contingency funds of $200,000 to complete the project as recommended.

Other items before the council included:

• The council approved the adoption of updated and current New Mexico State Building Codes.

• Authorization for Mayor Orlando Ortega to execute a contract for service with the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce for promotion of Portales. The amount approved was $10,000, that amount is split between the city and the Lodgers Tax Board.

• Approval of the end-of-year budget adjustments and the final budget for 2008-2009.

• Approval of a vendor agreement with North Central New Mexico Economic Development District Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging. The amount approved was