City agrees to pay $20,000 toward MainStreet

Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

City commissioners agreed Tuesday to spend $20,000 to assist the start-up of a MainStreet development program. The money will come from the city’s economic development tax fund.

It’s hoped that the city will qualify to become a “Start-Up” MainStreet Community, an initiative of the New Mexico Economic Development Department, said Pete Kampfer, executive director of the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp. He presented the proposal to the mayor and commissioners at a special meeting Tuesday.
If approved for the program, the NMEDD will also match the city’s $20,000, Kampfer said.

“I’d like to see something done,” said Tommy Bauler after the meeting. He leases five spaces downtown and said he’d like to see to the days return when you couldn’t find a parking space downtown.

To qualify for the program a separate non-profit organization will have to be established which would, perhaps, be entitled Main Street Development Corp., Kampher said. “It would not be run my organization,” he added.

There would also have to be a person hired to run the organization, most likely part-time, and a group of downtown stakeholders who would participate in the program.

Mayor Mary Mayfield said, “People who have businesses downtown have asked the city to help them. It would be a good opportunity for Tucumcari to show them” our support.
The proposal was unanimously approval by the commission.

With funding approval in hand, the city will now send a “Letter of Intent for Fiscal Year 2007,” which serves an application to be considered as a MainStreet Community by the state.

Kampfer said representatives form the state will then visit the city, between four to six weeks from now, to determine if Tucumcari’s downtown initiative meets the MainStreet guidelines.

In other business, the commission approved a memo of understanding between the Tucumcari Police and the Quay County Sheriff’s departments regarding portable walkie-talkies.

Police Chief Larry Ham said his department had received a $13,573 federal grant to purchase 16 walkie-talkies. Three will be given to the Quay County Sheriff’s Department and 13 will be used by the Tucumcari Police Department.
Commissioner Jim Lafferty asked that old walkie-talkies being retired be given to a non-profit group in need of such equipment in Quay County.