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Councilman says code enforcers doing their jobs

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By David Giuliani

City Councilman Morris Madrid said Wednesday that the city’s code enforcement officers aren’t giving anyone special treatment. And he knows that firsthand.

Recently, the city’s code enforcement supervisor, Carl Vigil, called Madrid, saying that the city got a report that someone heard hammering at Madrid’s house. Madrid didn’t have a building permit for any construction at the time.

Madrid said he had been planning to get a permit but hadn’t done it yet. Madrid said the weekend was nice, so he decided to get an early start on a planned porch project.

However, Vigil ordered Madrid to stop work until the councilman got a permit. Madrid said he complied.

He said a few years ago, the city’s code enforcers told him to cut weeds in the alley behind his house.

“I want to compliment the community development department for treating everyone the same,” said Madrid, a former city manager.

Madrid brought up his experiences with code enforcement after the council voted unanimously to hire Gilbert Garcia as the city’s newest code enforcement officer.