Community officials present capital outlay requests

By Gabriel Monte

City, county and other community organization representatives presented state legislators with a $20 million capital outlay wish list Friday at the Legislative Breakfast.

About 100 people attended the breakfast held at the Norman & Vi Petty Rock n’ Roll Museum at the Chamber of Commerce building. State Sens. Clint Harden, Gay Kernan and Stuart Ingle and State Rep. Anna Crook also attended the breakfast.

Legislators said they were not optimistic that there would be money this year for every item on the wish lists.

“All of them (the requests) are valid,” said Harden. “We don’t have any idea how much money we’re going to get (for legislative requests).”

Crook said revenue projections for the 2008 legislative session have been dismal.

Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas presented legislators with a $9.75 million legislative priority list, which asks for funds to repair the Wastewater Treatment Plant, street and airport improvements, and capital money for a wellness center and a new communication facility on Mitchell Street.

Curry County Manager Lance Pyle presented the county’s request for about $5.5 million to equip the Event Center, repair roads, upgrade the Curry County Courthouse and fairgrounds, and to purchase two motor graders.

Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry presented legislators with a request for $1.5 million for a railroad spur at the Clovis Industrial Park.

Other requests included $100,000 from the Lifesaver Food Bank for refrigeration units, $200,000 from Clovis Community College for an emergency notification system, and $700,000 from Clovis MainStreet for detoxification of Hotel Clovis.