Meetings watch: Portales City Council

The Portales City Council met Tuesday evening and took the following action:

• Approved a proclamation declaring Feb. 14, 2012 as TRIO Day in Portales.

• Heard a presentation about the historic Railroad Depot.

The city of Portales hired Stanley Consultants to explore potential redevelopment options of the area related with the depot. Representatives recommended preservation treatment of the depot and registering the building as a historical landmark in the state and national registers. Another option being looked into is the potential relocation of the building to the downtown area of Portales where the Farmer’s Market is. The information is in consideration.

• Discussed rate changes of the cost of water applied to the Roosevelt County Water Co-op.

Representative of the RCWC, Clarence Smith, said that the proposed rate change from the current rate of $2.02 per 1,000 gallons of water to the proposed $2.75 was unfair. Council members proposed that the RCWC come up with a solution to propose and setting their own rate schedule.

• Approved a resolution authorizing the submission of a grant application for Portales Municipal Airport Improvements.

The grant will provide funds for the design, bidding and construction of a seal coat and re-application of pavement markings for Runway 8-26. The estimated project cost is $155,422. The city of Portales will pay $3,886 which is 2.5% of the total cost.

• Approved the authorization of the Mayor’s signature that would authorize a contract for professional services for an airport consultant with WHPacific.

• Approved a resolution to submit an application for local government road funds.

The city of Portales has prepared an application for a total estimated project cost of $205,956.13 of which $154,467.10 will be paid by the Department of Transportation, a 75% share of the total cost, and the city’s share will be 25% or $51,489.03.

— Compiled by PNT Senior Writer Christina Calloway