Council approves Head Start center

Kevin Wilson

The Portales City Council approved three items from the Planning Commission, including a request for a Head Start Child Development Center during Tuesday’s regular meeting.
The program has been allocated money to start a child development center to benefit low-income families, primarily teenage mothers. Mary Rose Jimenez of Head Start said that the organization had leased land from Smith Chiropractic on 1400 S. Avenue D, but needed a special use permit to operate the facility in that area.
The resolution was passed 7-0, as were the two other recommendations from the Planning Commission. The council also approved:
• A request from Abengoa Bioenergy (formerly High Plains Ethanol) to building a storage warehouse adjacent to its property line;
• A request from W. 18th St. business owners to vacate land where S. Avenue C would run. The land will be used as part of an expansion to Southside Storage.
In other business, the council:
• approved a grant to upgrade facilities at the Portales Municipal Airport;
• gave an update on progress to mitigate eyesores created by the defunct Saga and Hilcrest motels,
• gave an update on the Community Development Director position;
• and gave certificates of appreciation to the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and volunteers for work on Heritage Days and to the Roosevelt General Hospital for its second anniversary.