Joint powers agreement, budget top city agenda

PNT staff report

The city of Portales is expected to renew a Joint Powers Agreement with Portales Municipal Schools — part of a general agreement to share athletic facilities — at today’s Portales City Council meeting.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

The Portales High School baseball and softball fields, as well as the tennis courts located at Portales Junior High School, are owned by the city, which also pays for the utilities at each.

However, the Portales High teams play at the sites at no cost to the school system in an annual agreement.

Also Tuesday the council is expected to vote on a resolution to approve federal funds granted through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The $247,000 grant is to be used for landscaping around the Roosevelt County Courthouse and for median improvements on U.S. 70.

A preliminary budget for fiscal year 2009-10 is expected to be approved during a 4 p.m. finance committee meeting that precedes the Council meeting and will also be presented for a vote. The final budget won’t be approved until July.

“We’ve had an initial one (budget), but we went back in and did some tweaking,” City Councilman Mike Miller said.

In other business, Council members are to vote on and adopt a flag design marking Portales’ centennial and will recognize police records clerk Judy Irwin for her 25 years of service to the city.