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Council delves into hot issues AUDIT REPORT, PANDHANDLING, SHABBY PROPERTIES ISSUES ON TAP

By Rick Abasta For the Sun

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he March 13 regular meeting of the Gallup City Council began with an ordinance seeking criminal penalties for violators

of the property maintenance code. Curtis Hayes, city attorney, said the property maintenance code was to address homeowners who do not maintain their property. “The purpose of this is

twofold,” Hayes said. “One is to make the property maintenance code consistent with the fire code and building code, which already have criminal provisions. More importantly, is to put more teeth in the property maintenance code.”

The Gallup City Council met March 13 to discuss a pedestrian safety ordinance, as well as the creation of an Indigenous Peoples Commission. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta

He noted that issues such as overgrown weeds, trash, abandoned cars and dilapidated billboards had to be cleaned by the city, which contracted out these services. Notices were sent to homeowners to pay the past due invoices or face a lien imposed by the city upon the property. The International Maintenance Code was adopted, which provides that violations are a misdemeanor civil infraction as determined by the municipality. “We put a lien on the property. The problem is that unless the person attempts to sell that property or refinance that

property, those liens just sit there over at the county clerks office and after a four year period, they expire,” Hayes said. Councilor Allan Landavazo asked if the proposed statute

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