When the FY2022 budget was planned and approved, due to the ongoing pandemic it was unknown how much travel and overtime was needed or would be required by our officials and city staff. However, major state and federal funding and economic development /opportunities have arisen and created a challenge for the city to be more proactive in these potential funding sources. These challenges include the need to travel to meetings and to advocate for amendments to Navajo Gallup Water Supply (NGWS) legislation and for funding of wells.
These challenges have increased the need for support and overtime from city staff to assist with other various city functions, including the budget committee, strategic planning, and continued support to the City Attorney’s office and to other departments as needed.
Approval of budget adjustment in the amount of $10,000 to the #101-0101 travel account and $2,000 to the City Manager’s overtime budget.
The Lodgers Tax Committee met on January 6, 2022, and recommends the following funding for event grants:
the committee recommends full funding for all three events.
From May to June 2021 annual motel inspections were conducted at six motels which resulted in the posting of red tags and closing of businesses. These motels include the Hacienda Motel, Blue Spruce, Arrowhead Lodge, Lariat Lodge, Zia Motel, and Redwood Lodge. Code Enforcement in conjunction with the Building Inspector and Fire Department performed a thorough inspection of the interior and exterior of each motel and inspected each room documenting the violations. After inspection it was determined that all six motels posed a threat to the health, safety and welfare of the public due to health and safety violations being present. These violations ranged from structural issues, sanitation, insect and rodent infestation, egress, smoke detectors, broken fixtures, broken furniture, filth and lack of regular cleaning and maintenance. There was also several calls for service that PD responded to for illegal activity. The Police Department can elaborate on the number and the nature of the calls and what activity was taking place. Because of the violations present red tags were posted and the business were ordered to shut down until all violations were abated.
The motels were informed of the violations during the inspection and follow up reports were hand delivered along with attached pictures and information on how to abate the violations. A certified letter was also mailed to the motel and property owner. Code Enforcement did inform the motels that if they wanted to do another walk through explaining abatement they were willing to do so, however no motel requested this. Lastly, each motel was informed that they needed to obtain a contractor in order to file for a building permit when making repairs/upgrades to the structure, mechanical, electrical, or plumbing. We later discovered that some motels were doing illegal construction without a licensed contractor and building permit. To date not effort has been made to abate any of the violations therefore all six of the motels have remained closed. It is imperative that the motels remain closed to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Once all violations are abated the motels will be allowed to reopen.
Attached is a PowerPoint presentation showing the conditions of each motel along with notices that were issued. All documents have not been included as there would be far too many, however if Council would like a copy of each detailed Code Enforcement case for each motel, those can be provided.