City leaders share goals for 2011

By Alisa Bowell: PNT staff writer

Call them resolutions, call them goals. But everybody has something from 2010 they want to improve in 2011. The new year has arrived, and with it targets for many in Clovis and Portales. Here are a few from some of eastern New Mexico’s most well-known citizens:

• Lonnie Berry, deputy chief of the Portales Police, said he is not really setting resolutions for the new year so much as goals.

“Most of them have to do with my workout stuff,” said Berry. “I want to maintain good health for the new year.”

• Tom Howell, Portales city manager, said his personal goal for 2011 is to lose the weight he gained over the holidays and his professional goal is to further open communication between Portales citizens and the city of Portales offices.

“I want to make the city more user-friendly,” said Howell, “and make it easier for community members to communicate with us.”

•Claire Burroughes, the legislative and community development director for the city of Clovis, said she does not make New Year’s resolutions, but she is resolved to see U2 in concert before the end of 2011. As for professional goals over the next year, Burroughes said she has several planned.

“As far as the city goes, we’ve got a lot of challenging projects on the table, which include quality of life projects and infrastructure projects, such as the Ute waterline project,” said Burroughes. “And we get to see the Hotel Clovis become a reality.”

The hotel, long under city ownership, is being converted into low-income housing by Tierra Realty of Taos.