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Resident Elephant butte
5:00am on Monday, September 29th, 2014
What are the ordinance regarding conducting a business from your residential property? If it is pretty obvious that someone is operating a mechanic repair shop from their garage why doesn't the city take action to make sure the property is zoned for... read more »
Alan Briley, City Manager: Dear Resident -
First of all - a disclaimer - when these questions come to me - I am the only one to see them. So if you want to stay anonymous and give addresses - I can edit or redact names, numbers, etc. and you can stay anonymous.
You did not give an address, so I cannot be specific on the cases we are working on. But in general - there are Ordinances that do reference businesses from a residential property. Some things are prohibited and some are allowed with a conditional use hearing and permit.
There are legal permitted "home garages".. There are some illegal - home garages as well. We have had complaints on some of these in the past few weeks and we are diligently working to shut them down or get compliance of some kind.
We need the public to help us with this. We patrol all the streets, but cannot be all places at all times, and we cannot go on private property to 'snoop' around.
You can report these and not give your name, but if we cannot catch them or see them, sometimes we have asked neighbors to testify what they see.
We understand how neighbors get aggravated and we will investigate all complaints if we have addresses. This is why we require that all home businesses going through permit, have a legal hearing that allows all the neighbors to voice their concerns or at least be notified.
We are also concerned about some follow all the rules and pay their taxes, etc, and some don't and it is unfair to all those who follow the rules. And we want to fix that as well...
For a generic response, I apologize, with more specific information I might be able to give more detail.
Mike Osburn El Paso
1:31pm on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
Was the funding from NMDOT approved for the pavement or chip seal continuation for Elepahnt Butte ? Thank You
Alan Briley, City Manager: Sorry Mike - i havent gotten back with your comment. I am assuming you are talking about the portion of San Mateo between Cristobal and San Andres.
If it is this section you are referring to , yes the funds have been allocated for the project of San Mateo portion, Black Range portion and all of Mescal and Mescal loop.
The engineering agreement to design this project is on the Council agenda today. Once engineering is done, we will have a better idea of the time frame to complete the project.
Funds may only be able to do a portion of the project, and depending on costs, it could be only San Mateo, only Black Range or only Mescal. We might decide to combine with next years funding and do more, later into next year.
Hope this helps.
Samantha Waggoner Elephant Butte
2:50pm on Saturday, July 26th, 2014
What are the city and or state codes for pools on private property? In the city limits.
Alan Briley, City Manager: Ms. Waggoner: The city has only a few rules regarding swimming pools.
1. NM Construction Industries regulates and inspects the actual construction of pools, as we have no city rules regarding construction. But:
2. In order to get a Construction Industries permit, you will need a zoning permit from the city. The zoning permit, to get proper review will need a clear delineation of where the pool will go. From that, the only rules the city has to approve the zoning permit is:
a) does the pool meet setbacks - depending on the zoning of the property, the setbacks could be different, and b)there must be a 4' minimum high fence around the area of the pool. It doesn't have to be around the pool, but can be around the entire back yard.
i hope this answers your questions.
9:50pm on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Where is the city dump? What is the fee? Thanks for the response.
Alan Briley, City Manager: The City of Elephant Butte does not have a dump, nor did it ever have a dump. The Sierra County dump and Truth or Consequences dumps have both closed.
Truth or Consequences has a transfer station, where they transport all the area garbage to a landfill in Dona Ana County. They charge $6 minimum and the price goes up to $11.22 for a small truck full, $13.32 for a half ton truck full, and $18.84 for a 3/4 ton pick up full. At least these are the amounts we have on file from their Ordinance 636.
Hope this helps.
Kayla New Mexico
7:47pm on Friday, June 20th, 2014
Are horses allowed at the Butte? Just for the day...
Alan Briley, City Manager: It depends on what you define as "the Butte". Elephant Butte Lake State Parks is separate from City of Elephant Butte. For information about horses at Elephant Butte Lake State Park - their phone number is 744-5421.
If you are asking about keeping horses in the City of Elephant Butte - there is an area zoned that allows horses and other animals. As far as riding them around the City of Elephant Butte - go right ahead - just not on the main highways, as the NMDOT probably has regulations restricting them on their right of way. Contact NMDOT at 505-827-5100.
Thank you for the question.