Doña Ana County



Several departments within Doña Ana County joined forces this week to canvas a rural community near Anthony to educate residents on how to clean up their neighborhoods and prepare for an upcoming clean-up effort.

County workers with Doña Ana County Animal Control, Codes Enforcement, Planning and Zoning and Vector Control split up into teams and went door-to-door in Chamberino Thursday, offering education on weed control, pest control, animal ordinances and other various violations.

“We weren’t there to write tickets,” said Lt. Mary Lou Ward, who supervised the Animal Control and Environmental Survey (ACES) project. “This was a way for us to reach out to the community and offer suggestions to residents on how to come into compliance with county ordinances and really beautify the area where they live.”

More than 110 Chamberino homes were covered by Thursday’s project, 57 of which had no visible violations. According to Ward, eight animal care and maintenance violations were noted, 21 animals did not have proof of rabies vaccinations, two stray dogs were noted, 35 residences had trash violations, 13 inoperable vehicles were observed, and the Doña Ana County Planning and Zoning Department issued 12 warnings, including one to a business that was operating without a license.

In all, 46 written warnings were handed out and 13 verbal warnings were given.

“In the coming weeks, we will go back out to those homeowners and follow-up,” Ward said.

In conjunction with South Central Solid Waste Authority, a roll-off container will be made available on Saturday, May 4, as part of a community-wide clean-up initiative in Chamberino.

The next ACES project is scheduled for May 7-9, 2013, in Chaparral.

“People who live in these areas are generally happy to see us,” Ward said. “They want to be in compliance, but they don’t know how to find the right resources. That’s why we are there, to offer education and solutions.”

Following Chaparral, Doña Ana County has ACES projects scheduled in La Union, La Mesa, Vado and Berino. For more information, contact the Doña Ana County Animal Control and Codes Enforcement Department at (575) 525-8846.
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