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By Debbie Israel



September 1, 2017

The owners of two antique/second hand stores located on East Aztec Blvd recently attended a City Commission meeting and claimed that the city is making it more difficult to keep their businesses going.

After the meeting, Dale Greenwood, owner of Outlaw Renovations, located on Maddox Ave., said she didn’t understand what the city expected of her. “Through the grapevine, I heard that me and Candy (owner of Packrats) were the only two businesses cited.”

Steven Saavedra, Aztec’s Community Development Director, he said the code is very specific and applies to both commercial and personal property: Section 14-3-7 of the City’s Code states:

“It shall be unlawful for any person to leave outside any building or dwelling in the city any dilapidated furniture, appliances, machinery, equipment, building material, junk or other items which are either wrecked, junked, dismantled or in inoperative condition, and which are not completely enclosed within a building or dwelling, or behind a privacy fence.”

Greenwood added chain-link fencing to contain some of her merchandise outside, but that fencing isn’t considered “privacy fencing,” according to Saavedra. He also said it doesn’t matter if the item is for sale or not, if it’s in non-working condition, it needs to be stored properly. That rule also applies to private residences, some of whom have also been cited for appliances sitting outside.

Greenwood appeared in Aztec Municipal Court on Aug. 30 where she pleaded not guilty to improper storage, and has been scheduled for a trial on Sept. 25. She faces a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail if found guilty.


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