TAKING OATH OF OFFICE   Council members Bobby G. Gonzales, Brant Stewart and Jason Moreno are administered their oaths of office by City Attorney Russell Casselberry after the May 5 election results were canvassed by the Lamesa City Council on Tuesday evening. Moreno defeated Fabian Rubio to claim the District 4 seat, while Gonzales was unopposed in his bid for the District 5 seat and Stewart was unopposed in his re-election bid for the District 1 seat.   (Herrel Hallmark/Press-Reporter)
TAKING OATH OF OFFICE Council members Bobby G. Gonzales, Brant Stewart and Jason Moreno are administered their oaths of office by City Attorney Russell Casselberry after the May 5 election results were canvassed by the Lamesa City Council on Tuesday evening. Moreno defeated Fabian Rubio to claim the District 4 seat, while Gonzales was unopposed in his bid for the District 5 seat and Stewart was unopposed in his re-election bid for the District 1 seat. (Herrel Hallmark/Press-Reporter)

    Owners of property located within 5,000 feet of the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Lamesa now will have to comply with city codes in regard to substandard structures and property maintenance, such as overgrown weeds and trash, on those properties.
    Two separate amendments to the city’s Code of Ordinances were approved on their second and final readings by the Lamesa City Council on Tuesday evening to extend the provisions of those ordinances.
    Mayor Josh Stevens said council members have been talking about possibly implementing extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) of the city for over a year in order to deal with nuisance properties located along the main entrances into the city.
    “These ordinances are not a full ETJ, but they will allow us to address nuisance properties within 5,000 feet of the city,” Mayor Stevens said.
    City Manager Shawna D. Burkhart said the first ordinance would require property owners to address substandard structures by either repairing them or removing them, while the second ordinance for property maintenance would deal with abandoned cars and dilapidated fences, as well as overgrown grass and weeds.
    “These two ordinances will allow us to pursue code enforcement just outside of the city limits,” Burkhart said.
    It was pointed out that City Inspector Mike Lopez does not have a lot of additional time to pursue the enforcement of code violations, since the majority of his time is required for building and utility inspections.
    Mayor Stevens said that may have to be addressed in the City Council’s budget work sessions for the coming 2018-2019 fiscal year.

 

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