City council approves rezoning request

Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer

Portales City Council approved rezoning an area along U.S. 70 from Kilgore Avenue to Sunland Inc., to commercial Tuesday with a caveat sought by Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr.

Ortega questioned what the city could do should someone purchase land in the area and want to build a home.

“Could it be zoned for residential?” Ortega asked Planning Director Sammy Standefer.

Standefer said portions of the land could be rezoned back to residential.

“For lending agencies it might be a little tricky,” Standefer said. “We can just write a letter stating that this can be used for residential.”

Also, the council approved an agreement between the Portales Police Department and New Mexico Department of Transportation for overtime money to fund the Selective Traffic Enforcement Programs.

Police Chief Jeff Gill said it is an annual request.

“It provides overtime money for certain traffic enforcement programs we do here,” Gill said. “Such as, seat belts and speed enforcement and other types of specialized enforcement will do to keep the highways safe.”

The grant is for overtime in the amount of $2,421.

In other business the council:

• Heard recommendations on the final plat of Oakwood Manor Phase III subdivision Unit 3.

• Approved Economic Development assistance for the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation.

• Approved ordinance 685 for economic development agreements with Sunland Inc., Vines Italian Restaurant and RCCDC.

• Announced the winner of the Milk and Cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus is Rebecca Andazola.