Commission to hear business owner’s parking request

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer

The Roosevelt County Commission is set to approve a preliminary budget and hear from a business owner who is unhappy with the parking situation created by the county courthouse parking lot remodel.

The commission is scheduled to discuss those and other matters starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the courthouse.

Commission Chairman David Sanders said Buz Goodson, who owns Bar G Western and Casual Wear, wants the new curb and landscape area on the Second Street side of the courthouse to be removed to return the parking spaces that were there before the recent remodel. Sanders said he didn’t expect the request to be granted.

The plan went through public hearings before being approved by the county and city of Portales.

“We looked it over, and it looked all right to us, so we approved it,” Sanders said of the commission’s action.

Commissioner Gene Creighton said he wanted to hear what Goodson had to say before making a decision, and Commissioner Jake Lopez also said he had no opinion yet.

Goodson declined to comment on the issue.

In another matter, the commission is to vote on the preliminary budget.

“We’ve gone over the budget, and the budget looks good,” Sanders said.

Although still waiting for changes from departments, he said he didn’t expect the budget to increase by more than 1 percent or 2 percent.

The agenda also includes quarterly reports from the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation and county departments.