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Mayor: Council to review services, Memorandum of Understanding with county

ARTESIA — The City of Artesia has announced it will cease taking applications from non-city residents for water, wastewater and solid waste services.

In a press release dated Friday, Dec. 17, Mayor Phil Burch announced the moratorium, issued in light of recent actions taken by the Eddy County Commission.

“It is the desire of the Artesia City Council to review the City’s direction with regard to annexation and outside utility services in the future,” stated Burch. “This review will be undertaken in early 2011 and include a review of current policy and rates being charged to non-residents of the city for water, wastewater and solid waste uses.”

Burch indicated the Council review will also include the provisions of the current Memorandum of Understanding between the City and Eddy County as it relates to other services provided by the City. The memorandum is entered into each budget year and establishes funding the County provides for fire, EMS, law enforcement and animal control services, as well as recreation, museum, library and senior center access for county residents.

Comments or questions can be directed to the mayor’s office or the Planning Department at City Hall by calling 746-2122. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.

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