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Chaves County residents worry about changes to county's inoperable vehicle ordinance

Faith Egbuonu
Updated: March 10, 2020 07:02 PM
Created: March 10, 2020 06:34 PM

ROSWELL, N.M. - UPDATE: No vote was made at Tuesday's meeting.

Chaves County residents worry possible changes to the county’s inoperable vehicle ordinance could affect them.

"These classics are worth more than just crap, they’re not junk,” said Chaves County resident, Hiram Hudson.

“I’m not sure where they will go,” Hudson said. “Are they going to make me sell them? Or haul them to a salvage yard? Because, there’s been no discussion or clarity through the meeting process-- the zoning process."

“I have classic cars that I'm restoring and rebuilding and a lot of times on the classics, you can’t get parts for them very accessible,” Hudson said. “So you have cars that you buy for parts to build these classics.”

The county claims current regulations classifies inoperable vehicles as junk, but it also depends.

“Currently there is an existing regulation that states junkyard or storing or keeping of junk is inoperable vehicles,” said Chaves County Planning and Zoning Director, Louis Jaramillo. “We needed to have a clear definition of what was inoperable and what is repairable.”

Jaramillo said despite complaints, they’re willing to find a solution.

“We want to be able to send a notice to the resident of a possible violation, work with the residents and find out which vehicles are inoperable, which ones are operational, and which ones may be classics,” Jaramillo said.

However, if all else fails, the county said they will take action.

“Final solution is citation and then legal proceedings,” Jaramillo said.

Jaramillo said the amendment was approved by the Extraterritorial Commission December 2019, and opened for discussion with residents during the ETZ’s commission meeting in November.

“It’s going to be decided upon by the ETZ authority tonight,” he said.

There will be a vote on the issue at Tuesday’s county meeting.

“If approved by the ETZ Authority, it will be set as a new regulation,” Jaramillo said. “However, we are not looking for a new regulation to begin enforcement in any way."

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