Meetings Watch: Portales City Council — July 3

The following took place at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night:

  • Portales Mayor Sharon King presented City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry with the Employee of the Quarter Award.
  • Portales Public Works Director John DeSha gave an update on the U.S. 70 reconstruction project.

DeSha says construction workers are trying to reopen all the intersections from Avenue C to Eastern New Mexico University within the next few weeks.

He said the intersection of First and Main is expected to close down soon for an undetermined amount of time.

  • Portales Recreation Center Director Jodi Kibbe gave an annual report.

Kibbe said the recreation center will be starting a cheer team in the fall and it has been funded by community donations. Kibbe said the Girl Scouts are also a new program offered at the center this year.

Kibbe says when she started as director in January 2011, they were serving 30 children a day on average. She said currently they are serving an average of 80 children.

  • The council approved the authorization of the mayor’s signature on a contract renewal for banking services with U.S. Bank.
  • The council approved for items from the Planning Commission including one city and three county subdivisions.
  • The city’s attorney Randy Knudson told the council the recording system at the city’s dispatch center had broken over the weekend and he predicts it won’t be able to be replaced until September due to funding issues. King and the councilors said the problem is a priority and should be fixed as soon as possible.

Knudson and the city’s Manager Doug Redmond said the are exploring options to pay for the system’s replacement and are looking to fund it with grant money.

— Compiled by PNT senior writer Christina Calloway

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