Roswell attempts crackdown on nuisance properties
January 17, 2019 06:02 PM
ROSWELL, N.M.- Roswell leaders are looking to update the city code for nuisance properties.
"It's just a part of the vetting process on any ordinance. It's law. So, we want to make it clear and precise as possible,” said Bill Morris, the city’s community development director.
However, Morris said this ordinance is a bit different than the usual.
"The standard ordinance goes after whoever is causing the problem. We have properties that create all sorts of calls, and havoc for code enforcement and police –and the fire, way beyond what other properties do,” Morris said.
So, city leaders want to go after the source first.
"It's now the property owner that has the responsibility to help fix the problem for the community, for those that have to live around these nuisance properties, as we call them,” said Morris.
The changes aren’t finalized yet. They will be reviewed by the legal committee next week, then passed on to the city council for consideration.
Updated: January 17, 2019 06:02 PM
Created: January 17, 2019 05:26 PM
Copyright 2019 KOB-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved