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County continues blight crackdown

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 1st, 2013

The Alamosa County Road 106 South blighted property is one of many the county is working to clean up.

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — Jinger Getz is cleaning up Alamosa County one blighted property at a time.

Since Getz took over as the county’s code officer roughly 10 months ago, she has targeted several blighted properties, calling on offenders much like Greg Urioste and Irene Smith who have been in violation for years.

The Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) supported Getz’ claims in a Show Cause Hearing last week that Smith, the landowner, and Urioste, the resident, did not attend although required by law, according to the violation noticed issued on Sept. 18. Now that the ACC deemed the property blighted, the county attorney will file for prosecution.

“We have rules and regulations,” said Alamosa County Commissioner Darius Allen. “We have no choice.”

The property, located at 6850 County Road 106 South, an illegally obtained address, harbors an accumulation of junk, trash, debris and inoperable park vehicles in addition to a single sectioned home – a 1940s Airstream – that is not properly permitted, violating Alamosa County Ordinance No. 7, according to county documents. The ordinance prohibits such an accumulation also known as blight.

Urioste is living without proper sewer and water, Getz said, and is using carpet to insulate the outside of his mobile home.

For the complete article see the 10-02-2013 issue.

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