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County group recommends rural addressing idea

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A county commission has given a unanimous recommendation for the adoption of a new ordinance to govern rural addresses for unincorporated areas in Chaves County.

The Chaves County Planning and Zoning Commission voted 3-0 to recommend draft ordinance No. 0-108 during its Tuesday night meeting, said Planning and Zoning Director Louis Jaramillo. He said the group suggested only minor corrections to the text.

According to Jaramillo, no one spoke at the meeting for or against the ordinance, which county employees have introduced to replace ordinance No. 19, adopted years before.

The proposed ordinance is due to be considered by the Chaves County Board of Commissioners on Feb. 18 following a public hearing where people can comment about the ordinance.

That meeting is due to start at 9 a.m. at the Chaves County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place. While COVID-19 safety guidelines and restrictions are in place, the Board of Commissioners meeting also will be livestreamed on the county’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ChavesCountyNM.

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County staff have said the revised addressing system will simplify the existing method. Ensuring that properties have visible address signs will help police, fire crews or other first responders locate residents; assist the county in its required inspections or assessments of property; and ease mail and package delivery, according to county staff.

Among other provisions, the proposed ordinance would require county residents whose properties are assigned new addresses to purchase the metal signs, poles and numbers and install them in the locations described by the ordinance or to pay county staff $20 to install the signs. Property owners also would be required to maintain the signs. Personalized “vanity” address signs also could be used in conjunction with the county signs.

If adopted by the Board of Commissioners, the new ordinance would take effect in about 30 days.