City commission holds off on condemnation proceedings

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

The Tucumcari City Commission voted down a proposed resolution to condemn one residential and one commercial building until the owners could be given more time to respond.

Not all the commissioners, however, agreed that the city’s actions should be delayed at Thursday’s regular meeting of the commission.

Commissioner Jim Witcher said the properties should be deemed ruined and dilapidated, as described by the resolution, so the process could begin.

City manager Richard Primrose recommended that the commissioners proceed so that the steps could be established for condemnation and eventual demolition.
Before any demolition action can be taken, the district court has to give the city the authority to do so, Primrose said.

The two properties are at 524 N. 4th St. and 117 E. Main St.
The owner of the Fourth Street property lives in California and has not responded to several notices, said Cathy Estrada, code enforcement officer with the Tucumcari Police Department.

City records show that there have been several fires at the property.

The Main Street property, which is owned by Jerry Mares, is the former home of Stage 66, a community dinner theater that was popular in the 1960s-1970s.

After visiting the property, Fire Chief Mike Cherry wrote to Primrose: “It is my opinion, that the building poses an extreme health, safety, and fire hazard.”

Commissioner James Lafferty said he thought efforts to work with property owners should be tried again before the city took action.

None of the property owners or their representatives were present at the commission meeting.

In other business before the commission:
• $66,936. bid for fencing of the new landfill by Tex-Max Supply Inc. of Amarillo, Texas was approved.
• A grant from the state’s Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department for $4,492, with an in-kind match from the city for $2,049, was approved for the planting of 22 tress and a drip irrigation system.