About a half-dozen people spoke at the Clovis City Council meeting on Monday night to reiterate their opposition to the placement of a behavioral health hospital near Clovis and Alluvial avenues.
The opposition echoed that of an earlier meeting, but council members could do little more than listen to the local residents because the topic was not on the agenda.
The facility drew support from one young woman, who said she had once been committed to a similar facility for being suicidal. She gave her name only as Kelsy.
Clovis Mayor Nathan Magsig said the council would take up the topic again at a later date.
Also on Monday, the City Council named Public Utilities Director Luke Serpa as Clovis’ interim city manager, replacing Robert Woolley, who is retiring after six years in the post. Woolley’s last day will be Dec. 30. Woolley, 63, announced his retirement Monday.
Serpa, 55, joined city staff in 2005 as assistant public utilities director. He served as interim director of the department after Mike Leonardo left in 2012, and was named to the job permanently in 2013.
Serpa has a bachelor’s of science in civil engineering from Fresno State and is a registered civil engineer. He has 31 years of engineering and management experience.
Before coming to Clovis, he worked three years at the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board regulating such things as waste discharge and hazardous waste facilities. He also worked 17 years with Cal Fire, where he served as the Southern Region’s engineering supervisor overseeing maintenance, repair and construction projects.
Serpa lives in Clovis with his wife, Kathleen. They have two sons.