Feb. 13, 2023 — Clovis City Council

Documented by Rachel Youdelman

What began as an effort by community members to preserve the former Carnegie Library building, has evolved into the creation Clovis Historic Preservation Committee.

What happened: At its Feb. 13 meeting, the Clovis City Council agreed to move forward with the creation and implementation of a historic preservation committee, with each council member to suggest at least one or two names of potential members by Feb 21.

The idea to establish the commission was initially raised by members of the public who were concerned about preserving the former Carnegie Library building, which currently houses the Clovis Chamber of Commerce.

Sayre Miller of the Clovis-Big Dry Creek Historical Society was present at the meeting. She said there had been opposition to establishing the committee by the Building Industry Association (BIA) and urged the council to appoint people who have the “heart” for it.

City Manager John Holt said that the previous direction for the committee, was that each council member will appoint two members for a total of 10 and that members must live in Clovis. However, at this meeting, it was decided that a committee member could live, work, or own property in Clovis; or they could have an “articulable historic connection to Clovis.” 

It will be an ad-hoc committee that meets for a term or until objectives are met and will be subject to the Brown Act. Its first meeting date is to be decided.

And also: The council also approved a contract with a vendor to provide online utility billing services and a $7.5 million contract with Fortune-Ratliff General Contractors to rebuild Fire Station No. 2.

Up next: The next Clovis City Council meeting is scheduled for Feb. 21, 2023, at 6p.m.

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