Here are four additional things that happened at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night that you should know about:
• The community is lending a helping hand to families impacted by the closure of Sunland Inc.
Dave McFadden, pastor of First Baptist Church in Portales, told the council he is working with other area churches and businesses to raise funds for the 100 Sunland employees who were laid off when the company closed its doors last week.
Each employee is set to receive a $25 Wal-Mart gift card and a C and S $50 gas card. McFadden said he planned to take up the gift cards Wednesday to the workers at the Workforce Connection office in Clovis.
A collection of toiletries and clothes has also been started for the families. Items will be collected through Oct. 23 at C and S and Portales Home Medical Equipment Inc.
• The Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. is opening a search for a new director.
The corporation’s former director Doug Redmond is now Portales’ city manager. Councilor Leo Lovett said the group is in the process of looking for a new director and asks anyone that is interested in the position to contact Redmond at City Hall.
• U.S. 70 reconstruction project officials stick to their word.
Wes Hancock with Constructors Inc., said the project’s second phase, which encompasses the downtown area of Portales, should be completed by mid-November, before the start of the holiday season. Hancock said workers will pour concrete on Second Street, from Avenue C to Main this week. The next and final phase of the project will stretch from Main to Boston Avenue.
• The council approved a large bid to get the wastewater treatment plant project started.
The council approved $981,400 for services from Smith Engineering for the wastewater treatment plant post-design services. The money will come from state loan funds for the project, which have already been approved.
The scope of the work includes the design of the structural foundation and relocation of the existing metal building, bidding assistance, construction engineering and administration, close-out assistance, finalization of operation and maintenance manuals and construction observation for the new facility.
The city is replacing the outdated facility it currently uses, attributing it to a growth in population and because the new facility is currently not meeting state standards.
— Compiled by PNT senior writer Christina Calloway