Hobbs Animal Adoption Center Art Dedication Ceremony
At 9 a.m., on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016, an art dedication ceremony of the sculpture "Who Rescued Who?" was held in front of the Hobbs Animal Adoption Center (HAAC). The sculpture depicts an intimate moment between a long-legged dog with its long-legged master, sculpted by Lorri Acott, who will be in attendance at the ceremony.
The Hobbs City Commission approved the purchase of the artwork during the City Commission meeting on November 2nd, 2015. The artwork had been found and chosen by the Public Art Committee, of which members, Daniel Russell and Mary Lyle, presented the piece to the Commission and described the impact it could have on the HAAC and community. The City of Hobbs is happy to continue contributing to the possession and nourishment of art in the community, believing that it is another progression of quality of life.
According to her biography, "Lorri Acott sculpts long-legged figures and animals that reflect intimate moments in our lives: a feeling, an interaction, a realization. Simplified and without the details of faces or clothing, they rely on our innate understanding of the human gesture to inform us." Ms. Acott?s impressionistic figurative sculptures dot the map in numerous locations throughout the U.S. and abroad in private and public collections, making them a favorite for collectors and critics alike. Ms. Acott is also the co-founder of DreamBigSculpture.com, a company which specializes in the creation of large scale artwork for both corporate and public collections worldwide. This company is currently focused on creating new monumental-sized sculptures for public placement.
City Manager, J.J. Murphy, stated, "We appreciate the research and effort spent in locating and obtaining this fine monumental piece of art. It will welcome future pet owners as they arrive at Hobbs Animal Adoption Center to take their new pet to their forever homes. We are grateful to Lorri Acott and the Hobbs Public Art Committee for their dedication to improving culture in this community."
City of Hobbs Collaborates on $63.5 Million State-of-the-Art Recreational Facility in Unique Public-Private Partnership
It has been 4 years now since the joint concept was conceived. That is exactly what it started out as, a concept. Then many meetings with private and public entities were made, hours were spent, input was received, volunteers contributed, experts were contacted, and days were lengthened. After thousands of hours of dedicated work and evaluation, it is now time for execution of this state-of-the-art facility. On Monday, August 1st, 2016, at the Hobbs City Commission meeting, the Commission passed the grant agreement between the J.F Maddox Foundation, the construction contract with Haydon Building Corp, and the authorization for construction administration services from Barker Rinker Seacrat Architecture. This gives the City of Hobbs the authority to move forward on constructing this $63.5 million multi-generational recreation center.
The recent downturn in the oil patch has reminded us all of the need to diversify our local economy. We are well on our way to creating a destination for Hobbs and Lea County that will be the envy of not only small towns in our country but many of the metropolitan areas as well. The proposed facility will provide recreational opportunities for all ages both for visitors and residents and will be a powerful recruiting tool for our economic development efforts. It will truly put Lea County on the map for a special place to 'Live Work and Play.'"
This $63.5 million recreational facility will be like no other in the region and will supply the area's economy with up to 300 jobs during construction. It will include numerous meeting areas, an indoor soccer field, a multi-use indoor court, an indoor lap pool that meets NAIA, NCAA, and high school regulations, an indoor therapy pool with 1,100 square feet of water surface area, an indoor track that will wrap around the inside of the facility, and an indoor recreational pool with 3,300 square feet of water surface area. The recreational pool will have 2 water slides. The body slide will have a 32" diameter and be 262' long. The tube slide will have a 52" diameter and be 425' long ? that is longer than a football field! The two slides will start from the concrete tower 40'-3" above the pool deck, making it the highest indoor slide in New Mexico. All this activity will revolve around a central core in the facility, where the indoor play area will be. This core symbolizes the synergy of so many individuals that made this entire project possible.
It was the synergy that the City of Hobbs, Hobbs Municipal Schools, New Mexico Junior College (NMJC), the J.F Maddox Foundation, University of the Southwest (USW), and Lea County created in order to improve the quality of life in our community. Here, children will have a place to gather and participate in numerous extra-curricular activities together. The community's quality of life as a whole will be largely increased. This investment will make the area more attractive for companies to expand as their employees will benefit from our recent investments in affordable housing, quality of life initiatives, and multiple investments in public safety.
The president of NMJC, Kelvin Sharp, who recently entered the position after the retirement of Dr. Steve McCleery, stated on Monday, "What a tremendous asset this facility will be to the community. Its unique design and features will truly support and enhance the wellness of our citizens."
City of Hobbs Mayor, Sam Cobb, stated at Monday night's City Commission meeting, "The recent downturn in the oil patch has reminded us all of the need to diversify our local economy. We are well on our way to creating a destination for Hobbs and Lea County that will be the envy of not only small towns in our country but many of the metropolitan areas as well. The proposed facility will provide recreational opportunities for all ages both for visitors and residents and will be a powerful recruiting tool for our economic development efforts. It will truly put Lea County on the map for a special place to 'Live Work and Play.'"
Hobbs City Manager, J.J. Murphy, stated, "This facility is a game changer in our community. This public-private partnership embraced the vision of making this the community's multi-generational recreation facility in every step of the way. After all the success of Rockwind Community Links, I am humbled to be a part of another impactful project which will be a model for other communities to follow. We stand together and redefine the term 'public-private partnership' where six public and private institutions came together to collaborate on a true center of recreational excellence." Following the statements from Cobb and Murphy, Murphy gave a PowerPoint presentation of the facility spread out on 12 acres. He displayed photos of the interior and exterior of the facility. At the end of the presentation, he played a video of a virtual experience around the outside of the facility, at the end of which the individual traveled down the entrance road and arrived at the front doors where the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the state of New Mexico are waving in the wind.
The date of groundbreaking will be announced once scheduled. Construction will last approximately 22 months from the start date.
American Ramp Company Pumptrack Tour Comes to Hobbs
The Hobbs Teen Center will be hosting a pumptrack demo given by the American Ramp Company (ARC) on July 1st, 2016 from 3-6 p.m.! Pumptracks are a progressive type of recreational activity that uses an up and down "pumping" motion to propel the vehicle forward. The vehicle of choice could be a scooter, skateboard, rollerblades, or bicycle of any size and the tracks are suitable for riders of all ages and skill levels.
The ARC provides every building method of pumptracks and is also a recipient of the Small Industry of the Year Award. The portable, versatile track that will be demonstrated is assembled with numerous pieces that can be rearranged in different orders and result in an entirely different track every time with different slopes, curves, and turns.
So, be sure to be at the Hobbs Teen Center at 602 West Alto Drive in Hobbs, New Mexico to participate or witness the ARC Pumptrack Demo Tour on July 1st between 3 and 6 p.m. The demo will be held in the parking lot and there will be large speakers with music pumping through them. You, your friends, and recreational individuals of all ages and skill levels are sure to be entertained!
Take a look at americanrampcompany.com for more details about ARC or look up American Ramp Company on YouTube to view videos on pumptracks and their various layouts.
For more event details, call the Hobbs Teen Center at (575)391-9505. We hope to see you there!
Hobbs City Park to be Upgraded
The City of Hobbs (City) and the Hobbs Municipal Schools (HMS) are pleased to announce a joint meeting of the School Board and City Commission at 4:30 PM on Wednesday, March 2nd at Murray Elementary School to launch a special partnership and approve a memorandum of agreement between HMS and the City. We are very pleased to announce a special funding partnership that will result in major renovations to City Park. Several years ago, in connection with the plans to construct Murray Elementary School, HMS and the City each reserved $250,000 in capital funds to improve City Park in anticipation of greater use of the facility as a result of the location of Murray Elementary next it. Subsequently, the J. F Maddox Foundation (Foundation) indicated an interest in participating in this project to expand the level of improvements that might be made to the park.
Last year, the City engaged Wilson & Company to explore possible options for significantly upgrading City Park. This experienced engineering and architectural firm has worked with the City, HMS and the Foundation in developing a Master Plan. During this process, the City reached out to area residents for their input. The resulting Master Plan provides for significant improvements to City Park, which include exciting new features that will accommodate the varied interests of people of all ages. Among the improvements planned are additional gathering/picnic areas, new athletic courts, a large splash pad, new restrooms and additional parking. Further, the planned improvements will result in a much more attractive park that will complement the many significant improvements that have been made in the area neighboring the Park. Based on the Master Plan, the Foundation has agreed to provide $3,740,000 in funding in support of this project.
Jim Maddox, President of the Foundation, stated that "The Foundation's Board sees this investment as a unique opportunity to upgrade a valuable community asset for the benefit of the neighborhood as well as all residents of the City."
Mayor Sam Cobb stated: "The City and the Schools had set aside funds a number of years ago to provide some small upgrades to the Park and are not currently in a position to allocate additional dollars to respond to the exciting plans detailed in the Master Plan. The Foundation?s commitment to this project at this particular time is greatly appreciated. It is interesting to note that, in the 1940?s; the Murray family donated to the City the land where City Park is located. Accordingly, it is very fitting that a project of this scale can go forward at this time with the support of the Foundation."
T. J. Parks, Superintendent of HMS, echoed the Mayor?s comments: "When the School Board selected the site for the construction of Murray Elementary; its proximity to City Park was a significant factor. Many of our elementary schools benefit from having recreational areas as part of or next to their campuses. Having an improved City Park next to Murray School is a wonderful benefit to the Murray School students, teachers, staff and their families as well as residents of the City of all generations. This partnership (the City, the J. F Maddox Foundation and the Hobbs Schools) is another example of how collaboration between the public and private sectors can be developed in such a manner to provide great benefits to all the residents of the region. The Hobbs Schools are proud to be a part of this significant improvement to our community?s quality of life."
J. J. Murphy, Hobbs City Manager stated "This project will have a significant impact across the city. Many residents use City Park as their destination park and we felt it appropriate to solicit their ideas and concerns. While this public-private partnership has been talked about for years, I would like to take the time to thank the staffs of Wilson & Company, the J. F Maddox Foundation, Hobbs Municipal Schools and the City of Hobbs for taking these ideas and helping them come to fruition. We are certainly a stronger community because of our collaborative spirit."
Congratulations to this month's recipient of the City of Hobbs Warrior Award, Michael Nelson! Mr. Nelson is a Driver Engineer at the Hobbs Fire Department and has been the driving force behind their Toys for Tots program from start to finish for the last 8 years, this year being no different. The Toys for Tots program is instrumental in providing Christmas gifts to children of all ages who otherwise may not have received anything during the holidays. Michael puts many hours into the program, coordinating the toy drive, taking in donations, purchasing toys, contacting the families, and finally making sure the gifts make it to the children.
This year, through the coordination of Mr. Nelson, receiving the toys began on November 20th and was completed on December 18th. At first, the drive did not produce the amount of toys expected, but through Michael's hard work and determination, the end result was a huge success. Not only did the approximately 130 children receive gifts (each child received 2-3 gifts), but hundreds of toys were delivered to a local soup kitchen so it could provide gifts to children as well. Through the efforts and coordination of Michael Nelson, the Toys for Tots program was once again successful, bringing smiles to hundreds of children's and parents' faces! Thank you, Michael Nelson!
Pictured here is Michel Nelson between HFD Fire Chief Manny Gomez and City Manager J.J. Murphy, as well as the result of Mr. Nelson's diligence with some of his participating coworkers and firefighters.
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With the seasons beginning to change, comes a rise in temperatures as well as wind speeds. It is always important to be educated about grassfire prevention as it could make the difference in the loss of property damage or loss of life. Please, heed the following pieces of information and tips this season:
- Do not park cars, trucks, or recreational vehicles on dry grass or shrubs. Exhaust systems on vehicles can reach a temperature of more than 1,000 degrees; it only takes about 500 degrees to start a bush fire in the summer.
- Within the city limits of Hobbs, New Mexico, no burnings of trash, leaves, or bush is permitted. To burn such materials outside of city limits, a burn permit is required.
- Keep a 30-foot “survival bay” around the home, making sure to clear the area of bush and cedar, especially for those living in rural areas. Grass should be cut short in the “survival bay” as well. For homes that sit on a steep slope, the safety zone should be increased accordingly.
- Rake leaves, cut off dead limbs, cut grass regularly, and remove dead branches that extend over the roof, tending to your roof gutters as well.
- When barbecuing, place ashes or burnt charcoal in a metal bucket and soak in water, checking back regularly to monitor. Keep a shovel, bucket of water, fire extinguisher, or other fire suppression tools on hand.
- Having a safety action plan ready prior to a possible grass fire is vital. This includes: a meeting place for each family member and knowing where all possible exits and escape routes are located. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.
- Parents should emphasize the dangers of playing with fire to their children. Many grassfires are often started by children who are unaware of how quickly flames can grow and spread. Children need to be informed of the potential threat.
- Do not hesitate to call and report a possible fire. The quicker responders are notified, the better chance they will have to contain the fire.
For more information, feel free to contact the Hobbs Fire Department at (575) 397-9308 or the Fire Marshal at (575) 391-8158.
For the next four weeks, the process of recycling streets will be ongoing , weather permitting. Attached is a map of the streets which will be affected, with the possibility of small additions. College Lane, Joe Harvey, and Stanolind Road will be worked on during the weekends to accommodate the high volume of traffic to these streets during the regular work week. Flyers are being delivered to residences and businesses in the affected areas in advance of their street being recycled. Please, refer to the related map sent out with this press release.
Street recycling is a benefit for our community. It prolongs our streets as a method that recycles existing asphalt materials. This method is a preventative measure taken to delay any major reconstruction to our streets for additional years to come. This will save the City of Hobbs both time and money. We thank the citizens and residents of Hobbs for the patience and understanding.
For more information, contact the Streets Department at (575)397-9318.
Community Service Project During NMML Conference
The City of Hobbs will be hosting the 59th New Mexico Municipal League (NMML) 2016 Conference from August 30th - September 2nd. An important factor of the annual conference is that the attendees have the opportunity to participate in a community service project. Over the years, these projects have ranged from planting trees to community cleanups.
This year, the City of Hobbs proposed a bathing and shot clinic for dogs for the project. The bathing and shot clinic for dogs will take place in front of the Hobbs Animal Adoption Clinic (700 N. Grimes St.) from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. The clinic will be open and available to all well-behaving dogs. Each dog must be wearing a collar and a leash. The owner must be present for the duration of the dog?s care.
This project and location will come at a perfect timing considering the art dedication ceremony that was held on Tuesday, August 23rd. The ceremony is in recognition of the purchase and installation by the City of Hobbs of the statue by Lorri Acott, Who Rescued Who?, placed in front of the Hobbs Animal Clinic.
The City of Hobbs looks forward to numerous municipal members from various areas across the state donating a bit of their time and energies in contribution to our community. It is not just a time for pet owners to bring their beloved furry friends to be taken care of, but also a time for individuals from across New Mexico to get to know our community and its wonderful residents. The Hobbs Animal Adoption Clinic is proud to be a part of this opportunity and provide this setting.
City of Hobbs Hosts Fifty-Ninth New Mexico Municipal League Conference
For the first time in history, the City of Hobbs will be hosting the 59th New Mexico Municipal League (NMML) 2016 Conference from August 30th - September 2nd. According to their website, "The NMML is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing and serving New Mexico?s cities, towns, and villages." The League is made up of 106 member cities, which represents the State?s entire municipal population. This means that hundreds of visitors will be in Hobbs, New Mexico for at least 4 days and 3 nights.
The host of the annual NMML Conference is chosen from numerous bids submitted to the NMML. This bid is in competition with other municipalities? bids from all over the state of New Mexico. During the NMML Conference, attendees will attend educational workshops that are related to their specific field of work, delegate votes will be cast in setting policy and electing officers, municipal elected officials will be able to earn some of their required credentials, and representatives of each member city will have a chance meet with other representatives to discuss methods and practices.
All year long, the League conducts workshops, meetings, and performs other duties to keep municipal officials informed and assist them with their obligations and responsibilities. This is an opportunity for municipal representatives from all over the state to meet with each other and discuss which methods have been working best for their part of the state. Municipalities and their residents confront many similar issues; this conference is a chance for them to share best practices in overcoming these issues.
City Manager, J.J. Murphy, stated, "Hosting the 59th NMML Conference is a huge honor and responsibility. We have been planning for this conference for 3 years now and it is exciting to finally get to see all that hard work done by City of Hobbs and NMML staffs come together. For the first time, the City of Hobbs will be the host of this conference and able to show other municipalities of the state what our city has to offer. We look forward to a successful and memorable conference."
Watch Out for Employees
You may have noticed the Parks and Recreation Department enforcing weed control throughout the city by spraying the landscaping areas in the road medians throughout town. The vehicles being used for weed spraying will be traveling much slower than the speed limit and will have their flashing lights on to alert surrounding drivers. Employees will be outside the vehicle conducting the weed spraying. However, the City needs your help in making sure these employees can do their job safely.
The City would like to encourage all drivers to stay focused and avoid all distractions in order to be aware of the employees and avoid coming to close to them. Please, look out for these vehicles and employees that will be outside the vehicle, as well as pay attention to all other safety concerns you may encounter while traveling.
This weed spraying conducted by the City of Hobbs is safe and harmless to residents and animals. City of Hobbs employees are proud to serve you and provide the safest city available and we appreciate your support and involvement.
For any questions about spraying of medians, please call the Parks and Recreation office at (575)397-9291.
USGA Filming Crew Visits Rockwind
On April 6th and 7th, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, a filming crew from the United States Golf Association (USGA) traveled to Hobbs, New Mexico to catch the beauty and success thus far of Rockwind Community Links. Since inception, the staffs of the facility, as well as the City of Hobbs, have worked diligently to accomplish the concept of "community links," and the USGA has embraced this concept and believes it may be the catalyst for growing the game of golf.
Rockwind has received numerous awards and accolades in the months leading up to the USGA visit, with one magazine calling Rockwind "the future of golf." With golf's popularity rapidly decreasing in the past few decades, the USGA seems to agree with that statement. The project of filming a piece on Rockwind came about after a presentation about Rockwind Community Links given by Hobbs City Manager, J.J. Murphy, and course architect, Andy Staples, at a USGA Symposium in January. The idea of still keeping golf as the center of such a facility but bringing in activities that either haven't been incorporated at a course before or not in the same way contributes to the concept. That has made such a positive impact on our community, as well as to the success of Rockwind. This was the theme of J.J.'s presentation which caught USGA leaders' attention.
Rockwind has an open atmosphere and numerous activities made available for golfers and non-golfers of all ages, making it a gathering place for groups and individuals of all types and interests to come to. Now, others around the nation will learn about the 9-Hole Par 3 Course and 18-hole Championship Course, the jogging trail, the numerous types of golf classes and clinics for golfers at all stages, the reservation types made available for weddings and other special events, and the relaxing patio as well as indoor dining experiences at Rockwind Grill.
The filming crew's visit, made by Rob Cowen and Rob Rabena, consisted of numerous on-camera interviews given by various supporters of Rockwind. The Mayor, City Manager, participants in the Couples Program on Wednesday nights, children and their parents of the First Tee Program of Southeastern New Mexico at Rockwind, and of course Rockwind Golf Pros Linda Howell and Camren Bergman all delivered positive comments. With beautiful weather and an active schedule, Rockwind shone in all its glory both days, giving the crew the perfect opportunity to catch the well-known sunsets and sunrises that Southeastern New Mexico manifests. The crew also took many shots of both courses, but also of some of the local surrounding attractions, such as Harry McAdams Park, the 9/11 Memorial, and the jogging trail along Lovington Highway.
After seeing how this concept has not only sustained itself but thrived, the USGA is now presenting Rockwind Community Links to golf courses and industry insiders across the nation as a model for how golf courses should now be developed and managed. The success and honor that Rockwind has attained is something unforeseeable but well-received, with J.J. Murphy stating, "It is a major privilege for the USGA to acknowledge and highlight Rockwind Community Links in such a way. To be showcased as a model for how golf possibly could be developed and managed is sure to bring many more accolades for Rockwind, and we were happy to accommodate the filming crew and thank them for all of their hard work in getting our message out."