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Commissioners to hear about road changes, possible condemnation


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The Chaves County Board of Commissioners will consider whether to condemn a property on North Atkinson Avenue and will hear about 2020 and 2021 road applications during the group’s regular monthly meeting on Thursday.

The board is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. at the Chaves County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place. According to the county, social distancing will be observed and face coverings are required in the building. The meeting also is to be streamed live on social media at www.facebook.com/ChavesCountyNM.

According to county documents, commissioners will consider whether to condemn a residential property at 6143 N. Atkinson Ave. that allegedly has a great deal of waste and debris on it, prompting complaints from nearby residents.

The documents also indicate that people without shelter or just passing through have been found staying on the property and the owner has not been able to be contacted. If the commissioners vote for the condemnation and the owner does not object within 10 days, the county can begin cleanup of the parcel and could file a lien to cover the costs, according to the agenda materials.

County commissioners also are being asked to approve the adoption of seven roads that county employees have determined meet county standards. County residents had applied for the adoption of those roads in 2020. Commissioners also are scheduled to review the recommendations of a citizens’ group about the 14 applications regarding road status changes filed in 2021 and decide whether to hold a public hearing about the changes during the April 15 meeting.

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In addition, a representative with Xcel Energy is planning to make a presentation at the beginning of the meeting.

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