Meetings Watch: Portales City Council — Aug. 7

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

  • The Portales Police Chief Doug Jones introduced the Portales Police Department’s new Special Response Team. Jones said because of recent mass shootings within the last year in the country, the need for a SWAT team is important, but since Portales is not large enough to incorporate one, a SRT team is the best option. Jones said the group of six men received 45 hours of specialized training to form the team that will help them address scenarios, including hostage situations and active shooters.
  • Public Works Director John DeSha gave an update on the U.S. 70 reconstruction project.

DeSha said the project’s contractor Constructors, Inc. plans to pour concrete on Second Street in front of the downtown businesses next week. All the traffic lights on the downtown square are currently down. DeSha said the contractor’s goal is to be done with the downtown area by November.

  • The council accepted a request to close Pueblo Loop to through traffic and the construction of a gate across Pueblo Loop, which would gate off the Alta Terra community, formerly known as Cannon Meadows. City officials said they had no problem with closing off the street as long as emergency medical services and the police had access into that community. City manager Doug Redmond requested a detailed plan from the owners of Alta Terra.
  • The council approved the following committee appointments:

Councilors Michael Lucero, Matt Hunton, Keith Thomas and Leo Lovett were appointed to the Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan Rating and Ranking Committee.

Local business owner Mark Vigil was appointed to the Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board.

DeSha was appointed to the Regional Transportation Planning Organization Policy and Technical Committee.

  • The city approved to award a contract to Burns Construction Company Inc. for the 2013 waterline improvement project.

DeSha said the city has a pending $151,000 grant agreement to fund the project that will improve waterlines near Brown Elementary.

  • The council approved the submission of a New Mexico Department of Transportation grant application.

The grant, which is not to exceed $10,000, would fund maintenance costs of the Portales airport.

  • The council renewed a contract for service provision of advertising, publicizing and promotion of the city with the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce.

— Compiled by PNT senior writer Christina Calloway

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