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Proposed Eddy County ordinance dies silent death

The Eddy County Commission chambers in Carlsbad were packed with residents from all corners of the county Tuesday speaking out on a proposed ordinance that would have dealt with solid waste, nuisance and illegal dumping. Commissioners said no. (Mike Smith Photo)

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CARLSBAD — “I think the people have spoke.”

Those were the words of Eddy County Commission Chairperson Susan Crockett after more than three hours of debate Tuesday morning on a proposed ordinance that would have dealt with solid waste, along with nuisance and illegal dumping.

Before the meeting, commissioners and a standing-room-only crowd were told by county staffers that the Planning and Development Advisory Committee held public hearings both in Artesia and Carlsbad during August of last year and they recommended that the commission hold a public hearing and vote on possible adoption.

The majority of the people who spoke to the commission were against the measure that would have monitored, controlled and eliminated illegal disposal and the unauthorized accumulation of solid waste, including scrap iron metal and junk vehicles and to institute administrative procedures to effectively manage solid waste generated in places outside of Artesia, Carlsbad and Loving.

The ordinance would have also found ways to define, control and eliminate what the county called nuisances in the unincorporated areas and look at ways of management and control.

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It would’ve also dealt with what was called substandard and dangerous structures and conditions on real property in unincorporated areas.

“Throw it out with the trash,” said Tina Kincaid of the proposal.

“I just ask you to protect my property rights,” said Ronnie Walterscheid.

Will Crockett told the commission, “Every year, my taxes get higher.”

“All of our rights are being taken away from us,” he added. “We’re fed up and we’ve had enough, please vote this down.”

Tony Harrell, a fourth-generation rancher, said people like him “do our very best to be frugal to operate our businesses.”

He added,”More and more regulations makes it harder for us to make a living.”

Irby Abernathy was one of the last to address the commission. “Not one person that has come and spoke is in agreement with this ordinance,” he said. “Listen to the voice of the people here today.”

Once the public comment ended, the commissioners spoke. Larry Wood, who represents District 3, said he received numerous calls and emails on the issue.

“I’m not going to support the ordinance,” he said.

Stella Davis who represents District 4, said she received a number of comments from people.

“I didn’t appreciate early comments left on my phone,” she said. “I’m not a career politician, I’m not gonna vote for this, we are ordinanced to death.”

Before asking county staff several questions, District 1 commissioner James Walterscheid said, “(I’m) amazed at all the comments and they came out and they were eloquent.”

After getting his questions answered, Walterscheid said he was going to vote no.

Once the comments were said and done, Crockett called for a motion to vote on the measure. Commissioners were silent and the measure died due to the lack of a motion or second on it.

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

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