The Las Cruces City Council will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in Council Chambers at City Hall, 700 N. Main St., for a regularly scheduled meeting.
City Council will consider the adoption of a Resolution declaring a nuisance, substandard dwelling, or structure in need of abatement at 1045 S. Main St. The Resolution requests that the building be removed.
The Resolution seeks to remove the building from the property after City staff exhausted all attempts to compel the owner to bring the site into compliance. State statute allows the governing body of a municipality to remove a structure that is a menace to the public comfort, health, peace, or safety. City Council approval is required in accordance with New Mexico law.
The City has received calls for service and complaints regarding the property. More than 300 calls were received from August 2021 through August 2022. The City applied for and was granted, an Inspectorial Search Order on Aug. 5, 2022.
The City’s Chief Building Official, Community Development Director Larry Nichols, submitted a report with the findings of the Inspectorial Search, which included severe hazards and unsanitary conditions which deemed the property uninhabitable and substandard. If the owners fail to demolish the condemned structure, the City will contract for demolition and place a lien on the property.
Additionally, City Council will consider a similar Resolution for a property at 1245 W. Van Patten Ave. A 1,026 square-foot single family home is on the property, but the Resolution says the building is “ruined, fire damaged, and dilapidated to be a menace to the public comfort, health, peace or safety.”
Since January 2021, the City’s Community Development Department and Code Enforcement Division have received several complaints of Municipal Code Violations at 1245 Van Patten Ave. On Aug. 5, 2022, the City, inspected and entered the property with permission from the owner.
The agenda for Monday’s City Council meeting is available online at https://lascruces.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=373.
Monday’s meeting will be televised live on Comcast Cable channel 20 and will also be available in high definition on Comcast Cable channel 928. The meeting also will be available online at clctv.com and at YouTube.com/clctv20.
Prior to Monday’s meeting, City Council will conduct a Closed Meeting at 10:30 a.m. at City Hall. The Council will discuss pending litigation during the Closed Meeting.