Published: 2:25 pm, Wed. Nov. 9th, 2016Updated: 2:23 pm
The Artesia City Council met Tuesday with a light agenda, receiving updates from the various city departments, including figures on last month’s re-roofing-palooza in Artesia.
The violent hailstorm that struck the area Sept. 17 had citizens scrambling to repair their damaged vehicles and homes. The result for the Community Development Department was a more than 400-percent increase in permit fees for the month of October.
“This past month was probably the lengthiest building permit report I’ve seen,” Community Development Director Jim McGuire told the council.
The city collected a total of $30,738 in fees in October compared to $5,757 in October 2015. The fees from re-roofing alone totaled $24,389 with a valuation of $3.3 million.
In other business Tuesday, the council was informed by Infrastructure Director Byron Landfair that the current phase of the 13th Street Reconstruction Project is on track for completion by Christmas.
The council approved the hiring of Lucio Ordonez as a water technician at a pay rate of $2,127 per month and the promotions of Wesley Green to uncertified police officer at a rate of $3,178 per month and Richard Lindberg to fire lieutenant I at a rate of $4,341.
The council also elected to create a job description and salary range for a Chief Building Official, as well as grant permission to advertise and fill the positions of water technician, detention officer, IT administrator, and assistant city clerk/treasurer.
The councilors expressed their gratitude and appreciation to current assistant clerk/treasurer Lisa C. Johnston, whose retirement is scheduled for February 2017, praising her vast knowledge of city business and history, as well as her ability and willingness to help those in need of information and guidance.
As part of its consent agenda, the council approved:
• the resignation of Jeffrey McClure, IT administrator, effective Nov. 11.
• Johnston’s retirement, effective Feb. 1, 2017.
• permission for one police employee to attend notary training in Roswell.
• permission for one police employee to attend forensic photography training in Lubbock, Texas.
• permission for one police employee to attend the senior technician/ instructor meeting in Albuquerque.
• permission for two police employees to attend peer support training in Las Cruces.
• permission for two fire employees to attend Fire Officer I training in Roswell.