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City to suspend water disconnects


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Closure of Adult Center, Visitors Center among virus-response measures

The city of Roswell will suspend water disconnects for unpaid bills beginning Tuesday.

That item is among the actions related to stemming the spread of the coronavirus updated by the city in a press release issued late Monday afternoon.

Customers who were disconnected Monday will be reconnected, and customers who were scheduled to have their water disconnected are asked to call 575-624-6711 to make a payment plan, according to the press release. The suspension is temporary.

The press release also outlines changes with the Recreation Department and bus schedules:

• Pecos Trails Transit will run only two buses on Main Street, and buses will not run on Route 6, College Boulevard, unless requested. All side routes will operate every other run, according to the press release. Bus schedules are available at www.roswell-nm.gov/290/Bus-Routes-Information.

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Time spent in the Pecos Trails Transit lobby, 515 N. Main, will be limited for any customer to 30 minutes.

The changes are to allow time for extra sanitizing of the buses, the press release stated. Anyone with questions can call 575-624-6766.

• In the city Recreation Department, spring sports camp is canceled and there will be no aerobics or water aerobics classes. The last week of swim lessons will be rescheduled at a later date, and no April swim lessons will be scheduled. Spring classes will be delayed one week.

The Adult Center is closed until further notice; however, registrations for adult center classes can still be made at Roswellconnect.com or at the Recreation and Aquatic Center. The Roswell Visitors Center was also closed Monday until further notice.

The Recreation Center will allow only 100 guests on each side, following the public health order issued Thursday by the state restricting mass gatherings.

In addition, the rabies vaccination clinics sponsored by the local veterinarians association that were scheduled at local fire stations on March 22 have been canceled.

The city is also seeking to limit public access to some public offices:

• Code Enforcement will issue yard and garage sale permits over the phone. Call 575-637-6280.

• Those with appointments at the Planning and Engineering offices in the City Annex building, 415 N. Richardson Ave., are asked to knock. Those appointments would include Louis Najar, City Engineer; Bill Morris, Community Development Director; and Steve Henderson, City Councilor.

• For questions pertaining to zoning, land use, development and permitting — such as for fences, storage sheds, carports, porches, additions or new homes — call or email the Planning and Zoning office. For residential permits contact Miguel Martinez, zoning tech, at 575-637-6218 or m.martinez@roswell-nm.gov. For Commercial permits, contact Meredith Hildreth, zoning administrator, at 575-637-6294 or m.hildreth@roswell-nm.gov.

Information regarding changes to city services is posted on the city website, roswell-nm.gov, and the city’s Facebook page, facebook.com/RoswellNMGovernment.

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