Grain company requesting road closures

The Portales City Council met Tuesday at Portales City Hall. The council:

• Tabled a request for street closure by J.D. Heiskell and Company until a public information forum can be held.

The grain company has requested the closures of streets and sections located around the company. Those are Commercial Street from East Main Street to Boston Avenue; Abilene Avenue from South Commercial Street to the entrance of Roosevelt County Electric; and N. Austin Ave., a one-block street that runs between Commercial and First streets.

The company based its request on air pollution aided by passing traffic, and dangers to traffic with the grain company’s heavy equipment loading near the street.

Mayor Pro-Tem Michael Miller said he would be more comfortable making a decision after the public has had a chance at input.

“(This way) they can hear the reason, I know safety was one of the reasons,” Miller said. “I wouldn’t argue with that either. I know I would feel better about making the decision knowing that we did our best to inform the public about what is going on.”

• Approved a resolution opposing proposed New Mexico Environment Department regulations for maintaining groundwater quality under dairies. Dairy Industry Group for a Clean Environment is looking for support to have the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission to reconsider the rules during a scheduled hearing on NMED proposed regulations in Santa Fe on April 13.

• Heard a progress report from Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Executive Director Greg Fisher.

• Approved a resolution identifying signatories for city bank accounts.

• Recognized Harlin G. Stobb, who is retiring, for his 20 years of service in the Portales Fire Department.