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Commissioners postpone trucking business matter

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Heather Hankins and her husband, Cecil Hankins, at right, own Universal Fitness on North Atkinson Avenue. They now have permission to expand their services to include one hairdresser. Lawyer Parker Folse assists in presenting their case to the Roswell-Chaves County Extraterritorial Zoning Commission Tuesday. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

A controversial decision about whether to allow a small trucking business to stay in a rural zone in northeast Roswell has been postponed for two months.

But the Roswell-Chaves County Extraterritorial Zoning Commission voted to approve three other actions that had received no objections from neighbors or from the people attending a public meeting.

The commission considers zoning matters involving county properties that lie within a few miles of the city limits, which means the property could be of potential interest or concern to city planners.

The Tuesday night meeting was due to consider whether Servando Villanueva could continue to operate his trucking business at a location surrounded by homes. He had been notified in October 2017 either to move his business or apply for a special use permit.

Chaves County Planning and Zoning Director Marlin Johnson said that about 35 letters, both for and against the business at its current location, have been received since Villanueva filed his permit application in December.

The county currently is in the midst of a few cases involving trucking businesses in areas zoned residential or agricultural, which in some cases have upset neighbors who have complained of noise, traffic and other concerns. At a different meeting before a different group, Johnson talked about how county planners have struggled to find someplace appropriate for such businesses.

A decision on the Villanueva matter had been continued in January and February, and the commission voted again to delay hearing the matter until June 19. Neither Villanueva nor his attorney was present Tuesday.

Commissioner Mona Kirk entered the only dissenting vote against the delay, saying she would prefer that the group decide the matter since the parties have the ability to appeal if they feel the need.

Applications the commissioners decided to approve involved a rezoning of eight lots to commercial and two special permits to allow businesses in residential areas.

•  Cecil and Heather Hankins received approval for a temporary special use permit that will allow them to provide hair cuts and hair coloring at their physical fitness training center, Universal Fitness, on North Atkinson Avenue. They previously had received a special use permit for the fitness center and have obtained the second one to allow for one licensed cosmetologist to serve five to 10 customers a week, by appointment. The Hankins told commissioners that they were adding the hair styling service at the request of their fitness customers.

• A special use permit was given to Charles Apodaca to open a commercial welding shop in an existing building on a lot on North Wrangler Road. A special permit had been granted previously for the same purpose, but it was allowed to lapse when Apodaca decided not to start the shop because he was traveling for his job. He told commissioners that he no longer is required to travel for work and wants to try starting up the shop now.

• The commission voted to approve the rezoning request of Jolly Shackelford, who owns Tee Time Construction. Eight lots near Avenue E and West Second Street, a bit west of the Relief Route, will become commercial. That will allow Shackelford, who said he has been a contractor for 17 years, to erect or build a metal building to house equipment, trailers and barrels of materials that the company uses for spray foam installations. He told commissioners that he intends to start the building project in six months to a year.

The decisions by the commission are considered final in these cases unless one of the parties involved appeals.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.