By Emily Crowe
CNJ STAFF WRITER
The Curry County Commission voted Friday to accept a 15-acre land gift from the city of Clovis as the home of its proposed jail.
Transfer of the land is contingent upon voters approving a $9.8 million bond to help pay for the jail, which is up for vote in an Aug. 6 special election. The Clovis City Commission last week approved donation of the land.
The county was also considering purchasing 28 acres for $140,000 from the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. located in the same area.
County Manager Lance Pyle, Clovis Mayor David Lansford and Clovis City Attorney David Richards drew up a real estate contract for transfer of the city land, which will go into effect pending the results of the August election.
According to the contract, the city is not required to provide any utility improvements to the project site, and the county shall provide desired road upgrades at the site.
The city also holds the right to annex the land into city limits after 50 percent of the proposed jail has been constructed.
The site, located on Brady Street, is currently outside city limits and east and adjacent to the city landfill.
The commission also heard from Manny Romero, loss prevention specialist for the New Mexico Association of Counties, regarding ongoing improvements at the county’s current detention center, as well as how a new jail would help remedy ongoing issues there.
Romero said the separation of medium- and maximum-security inmates and smaller cells as detailed in the new jail plans would be positive steps.
“I think it will go a long way in resolving the long-standing problems that you have had here because of the lack of being able to separate inmates,” he said.