Commissioners approve introduction of pet licensing ordinance

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File photo The city commission will consider an ordinance that will require pet owners to license their animals. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Pet owners in the city could soon be required to license their dogs and cats. Commissioners approved the introduction of an animal licensing ordinance, voting 7-1 in favor during Thursday’s City […]

Commission passes ordinance for lower landfill rates

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With some quickly withdrawn concerns, an ordinance to allow for lower landfill rates passed through Thursday’s city commission meeting. The ordinance allows, with prior consent of the city public works director and city manager, to assess charges of $10 per ton to dispose debris resulting from the demolition of […]

Sheriff will pitch forfeiture ordinance

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray wants a new law enabling his department not only to seize property of drug dealers, but to sell it and keep the proceeds. Seizures are already happening. But Murray said under the current system, his office turns the property over to the state or […]

Curry County nuisance ordinance draft

Curry County commissioners are considering an ordinance that could regulate properties within the county under health and safety standards. The proposal would require residents to fix any health or safety issues on their property, such as standing water, rubbish or conditions that contribute to vermin and disease carrying insects. Under the proposed ordinance, violators could […]

Magistrate judge redistricting OK’d

CNJ staff Curry County Commissioners adopted an ordinance Tuesday splitting the magistrate judge election into two districts. The ordinance was drafted in response to an order from a federal judge and is effective Oct. 1. The federal order stems from a lawsuit challenging the at-large system as more difficult for minority candidates to win judicial […]

Residents balk at nuisance ordinance proposal

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Curry County Commission had an unusually large audience during its meeting Tuesday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Many of the residents attended to express their concerns about a nuisance ordinance. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners postponed a decision Tuesday on a […]

Nuisance ordinance, magistrate judge redistricting highlight county agenda

Public hearings involving a nuisance ordinance and the redistricting of magistrate judge positions are on the agenda for Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. Also, a district judge is expected to present demands for security changes at the courthouse. The commission is set to meet at 9 a.m. in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public […]

Fencing ordinance proposal fails

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer City Commissioner Robert Sandoval said no matter how the commission felt about it, they needed to take a vote on a potential ordinance to allow higher front yard fences for residences in the city. He was alone in his sentiments, and his motion died at Thursday’s commission meeting. Jim […]

Commissioners discuss revamping beautification group

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer City commissioners universally believe in Clovis pride, and keeping Clovis beautiful. Getting from one to the other, though, brought some disagreement Thursday. Commissioner Len Vohs is spearheading an effort to reorganize the Clovis Pride Committee as the Keep Clovis Beautiful Committee. Commissioners were considering an ordinance calling for a […]

Commission discusses proposed wind turbine ordinance

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Planning and Zoning Commission discussed Wednesday a proposed ordinance regulating the installation of wind turbines in the city. Commission Chairman Tom Martin said the need for an ordinance addressing wind turbines surfaced because the city Building Safety Department has received numerous inquiries from residents who want to install […]

Proposed ordinance deemed too vague by residents

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The search for middle ground on a proposed county nuisance ordinance continues. While most agreed something needs to be done to clean up unsightly properties, the majority of Curry County residents who spoke at Tuesday’s county commission meeting said there are problems with the latest proposed nuisance ordinance. More […]

Proposed nuisance ordinance concerns dairy owners

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Action on a proposed nuisance ordinance for Curry County is being placed on hold pending some “tweaking” to ensure fairness to dairy, agriculture and business entities. County Manager Lance Pyle said in the last two weeks he has received letters and phone calls from ranchers, farmers, dairy owners and […]

Committee passes nuisance ordinance

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Some county residents said they welcomed a countywide nuisance ordinance. Others said they would fight it to the end. After weighing the comments, the Curry County Land Use Committee unanimously passed a nuisance ordinance during a Friday meeting. County Manager Lance Pyle said the County Commission will consider a […]

Committee will discuss proposed nuisance ordinance

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said the county needs a nuisance ordinance addressing health and safety. The Curry County Land Use Committee will discuss and possibly consider a countywide nuisance ordinance Friday addressing health and safety issues regarding properties in the county. According to the proposed ordinance, nuisances include […]

Public hearing canceled

A public hearing regarding a burn ban ordinance in Curry County scheduled for Friday is canceled, according to Curry County Manager Lance Pyle. The county has decided not to pursue the ordinance.

Committee addresses water conservation

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Water Policy Advisory Committee member Marcus Brice says fugitive water — water that runs off into the street during lawn watering — is a “humongous problem all over Clovis.” By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer The water policy advisory committee will form a subcommittee tasked with developing an ordinance addressing […]

Burn ban violaters could see tough penalties

By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer Violating an open flames ban in the county could lead to jail time if the Curry County Commission approves a proposed ordinance next month. The ordinance would punish offenders with a fine of up to $300 and up to 90 days in jail. County commissioners initiated procedure to adopt […]

Residents say proposed county ordinance becoming a nuisance

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer All Margaret Dindinger wanted was to make Curry County a little more attractive. She said she never imagined her petition to clean up the highway entrances to the county would snowball into nuisance ordinance proposals that have divided residents. On one side are residents who want their neighbors to […]

Ordinance not for all

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Where people see junk, county resident Alvin Clark sees his livelihood. Clark, 70, a scrap metal dealer, told members of the county’s Land Use Committee on Thursday that a countywide nuisance ordinance now under discussion would be the end of his livelihood. “I have junk on my property. I […]

Committee to present draft of nuisance ordinance

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Land Use Committee decided Thursday to work on a county-wide nuisance ordinance rather than delve into zoning the entrances into the city. The committee will present a draft nuisance ordinance and present it to the county commission. The commission meeting room at the courthouse was packed […]