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Eddy County still debating RV camps


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ARTESIA — Eddy County leaders are trying to come up with some legislation that they hope will please residents living in an area near Carlsbad.

Eddy County District 2 Commissioner Jon Henry says county leaders are still trying to hammer out a proposal regarding an RV park or “man-camp” near Carlsbad. (Mike Smith Photo)

Eddy County District 2 Commissioner Jon Henry said residents living in La Huerta, which is north of Carlsbad, have expressed outrage about a proposed recreation vehicle park or “man-camp” near the small community.

Earlier this month the county Planning and Development Committee voted to send a proposed ordinance to the County Commission. 

During a public hearing those for and against the ordinance spoke their minds to the committee. 

When it comes to zoning laws in the county, Henry said the county has none. He said there has been multiple discussions and he said safety is on everyone’s mind.

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“Neighbors and developers have had a lot of discussions,” he said. “This is a huge issue.”

Commissioners like Henry are being asked to approve a measure this coming Tuesday that calls on Chairperson Stella Davis to hold a public hearing to adopt the proposed ordinance.

“We have to make sure it’s focused on Eddy County,” Henry said. “I get what everyone is saying.”

Another item that Henry would like to see come back is a finance committee to help county leaders craft future spending plans.

“(They) haven’t met much in the last three or so years,” he said.

He said the original committee had various county officials and members of the public on it. Henry added that he would like to see,”outside thoughts on the county budget.”

“Have discussions on it and make sure the community is comfortable (and) make sure the group is tasked with what is popular,” he said.

Henry said the measure could be talked about sometime next month and “see what direction we’ll take with it.”

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.

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