City drops Community Service Center as provider

By Tony Parra

Portales city councilors approved La Casa Family Health Center to provide community services such as primary medical care, family planning, pharmacy, dental, case management and immunizations replacing the Community Services Center in that role.

Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega was authorized by city council to contract with La Casa Family Health Center in Portales for $1,000 a month from April 1 until December 2008.

“La Casa is a tremendous benefit to the community and provides more services than the Community Services Center (current provider),” Debi Lee, city manager, said. “Seferino Montano (executive director for La Casa Family Health Center) will provide an annual report.”

During the meeting, city councilors also approved to terminate their month-to-month contract with the Community Services Center, effective March 31.

“When we went out for proposals (deadline was Jan. 31) we received only two proposals,” Lee said. “We received one from La Casa and one from the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the 9th Judicial District. We didn’t receive one from the Community Services Center.”

Portales City Councilor Ron Jackson did address a concern he had with two services the CSC currently provides, adult day care and foster grandparents. Jackson said the adult day care is an important service provided to the community.
CSC received funding from other services so it doesn’t necessarily mean the end of adult day care.

Lee said La Casa Family Health Center officials will work to try to provide those services.

• Jackson, chairman of the recreation board, said he will continue to work with members of Association to Help Our Race Advance from ENMU so the members can use the Portales Softball Complex.

Erika Talamantes of AHORA is concerned because of the fees associated with using the complex. She said AHORA members used the one-day tournament to raise money for a scholarship, last year. However, since then Portales city officials have gone into an agreement with the local branch of the United States Slowpitch Softball Association to provide liability insurance and umpires for any tournaments which have to be sanctioned.

Roger Jackson, USSSA area director for Clovis and Portales, said there is a $5 cost to sanction each team for a single tournament. There is also a $20 registration fee per team which covers the team for the entire year.

Jackson said the use of USSSA umpires carries an $18-to-$24 fee per game.

• During Tuesday’s meeting, Ortega made his address to the community after being elected in March to serve another four years. Ortega ran unopposed in the March 7 election.

“It is with great honor and privilege to serve as your mayor for a second term,” Ortega said. “I pledge to serve with great dedication, fairness, honesty and with fiscal responsibility.”

• Councilors approved a renewal of an annual loan agreement between the city of Portales and National Museum of the United States Air Force which means city officials will pay $500 a year to insure the F-111 display located on West Second Street.

• ENMU football coach Mark Ribaudo said the Green-Silver spring game will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Clovis High School Leon Williams football field. Ribaudo said two reasons for the locations were because they have former Clovis High School players on the Greyhounds and because ENMU students will be gone for spring break so many would not be able to attend the game.

Ribaudo said Ortega will be the honorary coach for the green team while Clovis Mayor David Lansford will be the honorary coach for the silver team.