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Commission tables ‘man camp’ ordinance

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Following a lengthy debate, the Eddy County Commission ultimately elected Tuesday to table the controversial Work Force Camps and Recreational Vehicle Parks Ordinance.

The ordinance, which addresses what are commonly referred to as “man camps,” or locales that house temporary workers such as those engaged in oilfield turnarounds or construction projects, was tabled by a vote of 3-2.

Its creation was primarily at the prompting of residents of La Huerta, who were concerned about a proposed park in the area. Those residents began further speaking out against the camps when the ordinance was adjusted to allow the distance between such parks and property lines to be cut from 300 to 25 feet.

A temporary hold on the establishment of “man camps” remains in effect until Dec. 7.

Commissioners Jon Henry and Larry Wood of Artesia were the dissenting votes in the ordinance’s tabling.

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