Meetings Watch — Portales City Council: Sept. 4

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

  • Portales Mayor Sharon King proclaimed Sept. 11 as Florists’ Transworld Delivery Good Neighbor Day in Portales.
  • King proclaimed Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week in Portales.
  • Public Works Director John DeSha gave an update on the U.S. 70 reconstruction project.

DeSha said he was told by project officials that workers will continue at a fast pace and will try to keep intersection open in the downtown square as long as possible because once the intersections close, they’ll close for the duration of the project.

  • The council passed a resolution supporting the construction of a new stadium for Eastern New Mexico University and Portales athletic events.

President of the ENMU Foundation Steve Doerr presented the proposed stadium project to the council as a facility both ENMU and Portales schools will use.

The $8 million project will only be successful if ENMU students vote in favor of it in October during a special election because students would fund half of the project if approved at a cost of $40 per semester per student, according to Doerr.

The new stadium would be built to have 5,000 seats on the home team’s side and 1,000 on the visiting team’s side.

Doerr added that he will present the project at the Portales Board of Education meeting next week in hopes that the board will pledge $1 million on a bond for the project because the district’s students will utilize the stadium.

King and the councilors agreed with Doerr that the project is also good for economic development for the city.

  • The council approved a request to amend the DWI grant agreement to include reversion funds of $3,879, which would increased the grant to totaling $13,400.

DWI Coordinator Riki Seat said the funds were leftover from last year and needed to be included in the grant in order to use them.

  • Councilor Keith Thomas asked for support from his fellow councilors about an ordinance he wants to get passed that would make it harder to sell synthetic marijuana and other synthetic drugs in Portales. The ordinance will be discussed at the council’s next meeting on Sept. 17.

— Compiled by PNT senior writer Christina Calloway

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