Meetings Watch: Portales City Council — Aug. 21

The following took place at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night at the Memorial Building:

  • Mayor Sharon King and the council honored retired City Manager Tom Howell with a gift.
  • Portales Eagle Scout Troop 18 proposed a walking trail as its Eagle Scout Service Project.

The troop plans to construct signs of metal poles and wood bases with metal plates to show the distance of the trail and fitness tips. Scout Ian Kelley said the project would be completed at no cost to the city.

  • U.S. 70 reconstruction project officials gave a report.

Project Manager John Guldemann said his crew poured concrete Tuesday in front of the businesses on Second Street of the downtown square.

  • The council approved the Finance Department’s actions regarding bills for July in the amount of $1.3 million.
  • Planning Director Sammy Standefer gave an annual Planning Commission report:

Standefer said it was a pretty slow year for the number of building permits requested. His department is evaluating ways to improve the city’s floodplain management plan so that it can help reduce the cost of flood insurance for citizens.

  • The city renewed an agreement with the Portales Bowhunters Club for use of the Portales Recreation Center.
  • The council awarded a contract for architectural professional services for a remodel of City Hall and the Memorial Building to NPSR Architects Inc.

The budgeted amount for the services is $50,000.

— Compiled by PNT senior writer Christina Calloway.

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