Councilors OK project expansion

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Portales City Councilors gave the OK at Tuesday’s regular meeting to expand a street project currently under way in northeast Portales to include areas cut out in the project’s grant process. City officials say engineer Chad Lydick is estimating the extra work — on First Street near Mental Health […]

Councilors voice dissent over smoking ordinance

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Portales officially went smoke-free Tuesday but did so over the objections of three city councilors. A formality after the state legislature passed a law prohibiting smoking in public places, the Portales City Council adopted a new smoking ordinance in line with the state law at its regular meeting Tuesday. […]

PAT gets council’s budget OK

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council gave the nod for Portales Area Transit to pursue funding from New Mexico Department of Transportation to allow the operation of its transportation programs. Councilors expressed concerns that the $55,164 request on the proposal was out of range with a cap they had previously placed on […]

Housing unit estimates too pricey for councilors’ comfort

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors are concerned pricing estimates for putting together an affordable workforce housing project may not be affordable enough. Councilors met in a special meeting Tuesday morning to revisit the project, which has been under study for several months by UniDev of Bethesda, Md. on the city’s behalf. […]

City seeks fix for sewer problems

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors took a series of actions at Tuesday’s regular meeting they hope will provide residents with short-term relief from odors coming from the city’s waste water treatment plant. After hearing a presentation from Dan Boivin of Smith Engineering, councilors directed City Manager Debi Lee to begin the […]

Water system shutdown scheduled

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The city of Portales could soon update its water system shutoffs to avoid the type of problem it had last year when a 24-inch main failed, leaving residents without water service for up to 24 hours. Portales city councilors heard a report from Dan Boivin of Smith Engineering at […]

City looks to combat odor problems

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors spent a good portion of Tuesday’s regular meeting dealing with odor issues — both their own wastewater treatment plant and a complaint that a dairy south of the city could potentially add to the smell. Councilors heard an update from Public Works Director Tom Howell on […]

Council requests more information

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors tossed a preliminary subdivision plat approval back to city staff and the planning commission Tuesday, looking for more information. Desert Oasis Subdivision, proposed by David Sanders of Portales, seeks a mixed-use development with up to three commercial lots and an undetermined number of residential lots on […]

Council sets rules for area parks

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A new skatepark earlier this year got the ball rolling and Portales city councilors took things a step further Tuesday, formally setting in place rules and policies for all parks and recreation facilities in the city. A 16-page-long packet gave councilors the specifics on everything from park hours (6 […]

Combs given OK to start work on subdivision

By Tony Parra Larry Combs, owner of Combs Properties, received all the necessary approvals to begin construction on a development just south of Golden Acres Retirement Apartments. Portales city councilors approved the subdivision final plat Tuesday. There are 28 lots on the 8.25 acres of the proposed development. Sammy Standefer, Portales planning director, said there […]

City council approves 28-lot subdivision

By Tony Parra Portales city councilors approved a preliminary plat Tuesday for a housing development which would have 28 lots in Portales. Larry Combs, the Portales developer, is proposing a housing subdivision for property located on West 22nd Street abutting the northeast portion of Yucca subdivision. There are approximately 28 lots on the 8.25 acres. […]

City council approves pay raises

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales city councilors approved pay increases for city personnel during Tuesday’s city meeting, which for some city employees will be reflected in their next paycheck. City councilors approved the increase of the salary of the municipal judge from $15,500 a year to $20,000 a year effective on March […]

City approves skatepark site near Recreation Center

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales city councilors approved the north side of the Portales Recreation Center as the new location for the Portales Skatepark during Tuesday’s city council meeting. “We would like to see the park moved from it’s location,” Mary Carvey, a member of the Portales Skatepark Organization, said. “We want to completely […]

City hopes to see prompt construction project completion

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some city councilors would like to see more promptness in the completion of construction projects in which the City of Portales receives money from the New Mexico Department of Finance Administration. City councilors approved an amendment to a $466,528 grant agreement with NMDFA to include that all expenditures from the […]

Portales city council sets sights on U.S. 70 project

Tony Parra Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and city councilors have U.S. Highway 70 listed as their top construction priority for funding from the New Mexico State Department of Transportation during Tuesday evening’s city council meeting. The money would be requested through Governor Richardson’s Investment Partnership program to improve state highways during the 2006 legislative session. […]

City representatives thank community for its generosity

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer City representatives commended Portales citizens for their generosity when called upon to help Hurricane Katrina victims and to raise money for the muscular dystrophy association. Capt. Chuck Haman, emergency management director of the Portales Fire Department, said at one point it looked like Portales would receive 100 evacuees. “As a […]

Meth control central focus for council

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By Tony Parra City councilors are in favor of passing an ordinance to place restrictions on the sale of nasal decongestants are used to create methamphetamine. City Manager Debi Lee is anticipating to have the notice of intent on the agenda of the next meeting, set for Aug. 2. She said more than likely, a […]

Council, judge spar over duties

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales City Council members verbally sparred with Municipal Court Judge Fred Arnold on Tuesday over the judge position’s salary and office hours. Councilors discussed increasing the judge’s annual salary from $15,000 to $20,000, but wanted language in the agreement that would require a minimum number of hours for the […]

City renews agreement

By Tony Parra City councilors unanimously approved to renew their annual membership with the Eastern Plains Council of Governments so that EPCOG administrators can provide services to bring funding, housing and businesses to Portales. Councilors approved during the city meeting on Tuesday to pay the EPCOG $2,577 as an annual membership for services such as […]

Money earmarked for business facades

By Tony Parra City councilors on Tuesday approved to fund a program which would help downtown businesses in the development of facades. Councilors approved to give the Portales MainStreet Facade Improvement Program $5,000 during the city meeting. The program allows for business owners in the downtown area to apply for a grant of up to […]