City council approves building purchase

By Tony Parra

City officials during Tuesday’s city meeting approved to allow city attorneys to draft a contract with Eric Dixon of Portales on the purchase of a city building in the downtown area.
The recommendation from the Portales MainStreet Board is to have city attorneys draw up a proposal on purchase of a building located on 301 S. Ave A in the downtown area. The MainStreet board members, on behalf of city officials, advertised in early December, requesting proposals from those interested in buying the property.
The abandoned building was sold with the requirement from city officials that the building be renovated and/or rebuilt as a housing or commercial unit. The proposal from Dixon, an attorney, is to purchase the building and use it as office space for his law office.
“He is of the understanding that the agreement requires the renovation of the current property,” City Manager Debi Lee said. “They (MainStreet board members) do not want the property turned into a parking lot. The conditions are that he has one year from the closing date to complete renovation of the building.”
According to city councilors, the building was donated to the city. Lee said the Roosevelt County assessor estimated a value of $5,000 for the property. However, the price is still at the discretion of city officials, according to the council staff summary report.
According to Lee, Dixon wants to turn his existing office into three rental properties.
City councilors will have city attorneys put together a purchase agreement and deed to finalize the sale of the property.
In other business at the meeting:
• City councilors approved to use $500 from the lodger’s tax to give to the Portales Bowhunters so they could use the money for advertising and T-shirts for the National Field Archery Association’s annual New Mexico Indoor State Championship competition. The event will be held in the Portales Recreation Center March 5-6.
Attorneys found no problems with taking money from the lodger’s tax pool.
“Anything to bring in lodgers who spend money on gas and food,” Randy Knudson, city attorney, said. “That’s what it’s (lodger’s tax) designed for.”
Recreation Activity Board Chairman Cleve Teague spoke with Herschell Nixon, president of the Portales Bowhunters organization during a board meeting on Feb. 9.
“It’s a nice facility,” Ron Jackson, city councilor, said. “Listening to Mr. Nixon, he says it’s the best indoor facility in the state (for the event).”