Council receives unexpected funds

PNT Staff Report

Unexpected money rained down on the Portales City Council from Santa Fe during Tuesday’s regular commission meeting.

It came in the form of a state legislature appropriation for $120,026 that Jim Good, director of the Portales Senior Citizens Center, had been unaware of previously. He said he was recently contacted by the state and asked to have the Council prepare a resolution accepting the money.

Good said the money didn’t contain a match and would be used for a variety of renovation projects at the center. Projects will include everything from dividing up a larger room to updating cabinets in the kitchen and an outside area for barbecues.

In other business councilors:

• Approved a resolution setting up an Arts and Culture District in Portales.

• Approved an ordinance authorizing the sale of $16 million in industrial revenue bonds for plant improvements at DairiConcepts, located in the Portales Industrial Park.

• Approved an easement and right-of-way agreement with DairiConcepts for a new natural gas pipeline to the plant.

• Approved an ordinance annexing the Territorial Estates subdivision on the western edge of Portales.

• Approved a resolution accepting an increased amount of grant funding for transportation services for the Portales Senior Citizens Center from the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District Non-Metro Agency on Aging. The amount increased from $5,889 to $10,889.

• Approved a resolution designating the city’s record retention policy to reflect the state standards.

• Passed a resolution for the next municipal election to be held on March 4, 2008. Four city council seats are up for election. The seats are currently held by Alfredo Bachicha, Gary Watkins, Donald Shafer and Michael Miller.