City OKs beer, wine at golf course

By Chelle Delaney: QCS Staff

It’s OK for the Tucumcari Municipal Golf Course and pro shop to serve beer and wine when they get their license, commissioners agreed at the City Commission meeting on Thursday.

Being able to serve alcoholic beverages at the golf course would be an “improvement for city businesses and the citizens,” said golf professional Howie Tucker.

Commissioner James Lafferty said the golf course is a Tucumcari amenity that helps the city market and recruit new businesses. And for people using the course to be able to contribute to the golf course’s operation through sales receipts was beneficial, he said.

The license is to be issued by the state’s Alcohol and Gaming Division in 30 days.
In other business before the commission:

•The quarterly report from the Tucumcari Greater Economic Development Corp. (TGED) was presented by its executive director, Pete Kampfer.
Kampfer reviewed new business development in the city including the sale of the old ethanol plant, formerly operated by Grain Power, to Sozo, which is expected to employ about 25 people and is scheduled to open in April 2007.
“The jobs are important,” Kampfer said, but the plant will also be contributing to the city’s economy through property taxes that will in turn support the schools.
Commissioner James Witcher said the TGED had helped in generating about 225 jobs for the city, with its support of new and expanding businesses from hotels and restaurants at I-40 and First Street to the Flying J truck plaza at I-40 and Mountain Road.
Also, for every three new jobs, there is usually another job created, Witcher said. “That means there’s roughly 300 new jobs,” he said.

• Commissioners agreed to pay $416.33 in additional expenses for fence installation to protect water resources in Tucumcari, San Jon and Logan as required by the Homeland Security guidelines. Versatile Construction Co. of Tucumcari was selected for the fence installation projects.

• Commissioners agreed to contract with Wilson & Company for professional engineering services for the Adams and Estrella streets improvement project.

• Commissioners agreed that Commissioner Christopher Maestas would represent Tucumcari on the Advisory Council for the Non-metro New Mexico Area Agency on Aging.