City treasurer to retire this month

Tony Parra

The loss of a city official to retirement and the authorization of a $119,467 grant for a 2,000-gallon water tanker for the Portales Fire Department were the main topics for Tuesday’s city council meeting.
Reba Robertson, the city treasurer, will be retiring at the end of February, according to City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. Marilyn Rapp, the assistant treasurer, will fill as the interim city treasurer in the meantime.
Robertson said she had planned on retiring in December, but decided to wait to retire until Feb. 27.
“I decided to wait until the new city manager came in,” Robertson said. “I wanted to show her the books and help her with her position. I’ve been working with Marilyn for a year and a half. She has been making the transition and I helping the both of them get a handle on it.”
Robertson said she began her term as the city treasurer in October of 1998.
“I decided to retire because my husband’s (Samuel) been ill for quiet some time,” Robertson said. “I wanted to devote more time to him…”
Rapp will serve as the interim for an indefinite period of time until city officials determine who will fill the position on a permanent basis.
Robertson’s retirement comes off the heals of Doug Rapp’s resignation at his post as city inspector on Jan. 23. Doug Rapp took a position as a building inspector for the state of New Mexico.
The city council authorized the grant for a 2,000-gallon water tanker to increase the wild land fire suppression capacity of the Portales Fire Department. The Portales Fire Department applied for a grant, funded by the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.
“It’s not a matching bid and there is no cost to the city,” Martinez-Terry said. “The only thing the city has to do is come up with the equipment to operate it. Fire Chief (Steve) Beaty said that they would take equipment off of an old tanker to operate the new one.”
The city approved the bid from Inland Kenworth, Inc. of $83,776 for a Kenworth/PAC MAC truck (a brush truck) mounted clamshell with a 25-yard trash dump body for the solid waste department. It is a budgeted item for the department.
The other bids which met specifications were: Tillery Chevrolet GMC Inc. ($87,320), Rush Truck Center ($87,348) and Waste System Supply ($90,933).