At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday in City Hall, councilors:
• By a vote of 6 to 1, approved the closure of Commercial Street from east of Main Street to Boston Avenue, the closure of Abilene Street from Commercial to the entrance of the Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative Inc. parking lot and the closure of Austin Avenue from Commercial south to the first alley. Councilor Antonio Salguero voted against the measure, and Councilor Oscar Robinson was absent.
The closures around the property of J.D. Heiskell and Co. allow the feed mill to receive an air quality permit to continue operating at its current level.
• Tabled a contract with Bruce Hamon of Portales Community Development LLC for purchase of city land for the Prairie Walk Subdivision. Tabling the issue allowed councilors time to look at the document for the option to buy more land.
• Authorized the mayor to sign an application for the Portales Fire Department to receive its annual allotment from the state Fire Marshal’s Office. Fire Chief Gary Nuckols said the department would receive at least $154,169 this year.
• Presented awards to Recreation Center students Kimberlie Hay, Annali Florez and Victoria Cordova in the center’s Fair Housing Coloring Competition. Capital Projects Administrator Susan Baysinger said the girls’ work was chosen based on neatness and completion.
• Approved a joint use agreement with Portales Municipal Schools for the use of the Portales High School baseball field, Wheeler Park girls softball field and Bill Wahlman tennis courts.
• Transferred the old Portales Police Department phone system to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, provided the county pays the remainder of the lease on the system, about $140.
• Approved the use of The Yam Theater for May’s Portales MainStreet Wine Fest.
— Compiled by PNT Senior Writer Argen Duncan