Carports covered on commission agenda

Jack King

Clovis’ city commissioners will consider an ordinance establishing new criteria for carports and amending current code sections at its meeting at 5:15 tonight in the North Annex of Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main.
The new criteria are based on recommendations from city staff who have been surveying carports in the city. Under the recommendations, owners of carports that are not in compliance with the city’s current codes must apply for proper zoning within 60 days. Carports in compliance with current city codes will be listed as “Class A” and those not in compliance will be listed as “Class B.” Owners can apply to have their blocks rezoned to an “NCC-1” designation, which would allow Class B carports. Construction standards will be set for all types of carports.
The city commission can accept or modify the recommendations as it chooses. After it considers them, a final version will be rewritten in ordinance form for future passage, said Planning and Zoning Administrator Lewis Gordon.
Inspections Director Marcus Brice said the city has a moratorium on enforcement of city codes against all non-compliant carports built before June 19. However, any such carports erected after June 19 will receive citations, he said.
During reports of officers and committees, on which the commission takes no action, commissioners will discuss raising property taxes — increasing the number of mils of the tax — to give more pay to police officers.
During that time the commission also will hear a report on a plan for managing water emergencies by Water Police Advisory Board Chairman Randy Crowder, and hear an update on the city’s International Building Codes Task Force from Assistant City Manager Joe Thomas.