Doña Ana County



Doña Ana County concluded Operation Community Sweep in Chaparral, closing out the first intensive clean-up effort in the county to enforce and help residents comply to county environmental, animal control and building codes ordinances.

“This initiative began in response to a Chaparral resident who, during a community outreach meeting, said that if there was anything we could do for this community, we should clean it up,” said Fernando R. Macias, Doña Ana County Manager. “Building on the momentum we started in Chaparral, we will bring that same effort in the county’s unincorporated areas, focusing multiple departments to clean up one community at a time. We are already working on Placitas and Salem, with Berino coming up next.”

Reviewing the results of the first Operation Community Sweep, Macias said he is proud of the initiative and follow-up county staff accomplished, partnering with community residents. 

Chaparral achieved an 11.2 percent increase in codes compliance in two months.  In addition to compliance and engagement, the sweep resulted in 532 written warnings, seven convictions and 11 bench warrants. Also, 21 cases were turned into filed prosecution cases because of failure to comply with the warning codes officers delivered.

“It was a 90-day intensive effort in Chaparral, first, to find violations and then help bring them into compliance,” said Mary Lou Ward, Doña Ana County Animal Control and Codes field supervisor. “To help clean up the community, we provide information and answer questions about how to comply with county ordinances.”

Overall, Operation Community Sweep visited 1,219 homes, mailed 160 violation notices and 41 citations for infractions ranging from junk vehicles, overgrown weeds and trash accumulation, to the care of domestic animals, pet licensing and current rabies vaccinations.

The codes team wrapped-up Operation Community Sweep in Chaparral with an Animal Control Environmental Survey, or ACES in mid-January.  ACES is a project scheduled throughout the year and consists of officers helping residents across the county comply with codes, by providing educational information and facilitating community cleanup services such as a tire shredder, a roll-off container and animal services programs such as spay and neuter vouchers and microchipping.

Residents turned in 12 tons of tires for shredding and proper disposal and took advantage of a roll off dumpster, collecting about 17.14 tons of trash.  The Chaparral High School Soccer team kicked in, collecting 600 pounds of roadside trash, near their school.

“Chaparral residents of all ages collaborated to help beautify the neighborhood. We encourage them to keep up the noble and satisfying tasks that help keep streets, yards and public spaces clean, safe and beautiful,” Macias said.  “We also ask residents around the county to start spring-cleaning early and avoid codes violations. Though we cannot be in every neighborhood at once, be patient because we do intend to visit every unincorporated area, concentrating resources and staff to help clean up the whole county, one community at a time.”

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