2015 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 3 - Municipalities
Section 18 Powers of Municipalities
Section 3-18-22 Requirement for sanitary facilities; notice to owners; failure to comply; municipality to perform work; lien; interest.

NM Stat § 3-18-22 (2015) What's This?

3-18-22. Requirement for sanitary facilities; notice to owners; failure to comply; municipality to perform work; lien; interest.

A. By general ordinance, a municipality may require the owner, agent or occupant of a building on an isolated tract having facilities available or on land adjoining a street:

(1) where sewer pipe is laid, to install proper plumbing and connect with the sewer;

(2) where no sewer pipe is laid but water pipe is laid, to construct and install proper plumbing and sewage disposal devices; or

(3) where neither sewer nor water pipe is installed within one hundred fifty feet of the isolated tract of land, to construct pit toilets in compliance with plans and specifications approved by the municipality and filed with the municipal clerk.

B. If the owner, agent or occupant of a building on an isolated tract having facilities available, or on land adjoining a street, fails to comply with the ordinance, the governing body may by resolution order the owner, agent or occupant of a building on an isolated tract having facilities available, or on land adjoining a street, to comply with the ordinance. The owner, agent or occupant of the building shall be personally served with written notice of the resolution and shall be given thirty days to commence work. If the owner, as shown by the assessment roll, or agent is not a resident of the municipality, the notice shall be sent to him at his last known address by certified mail, return receipt requested, and a copy of the notice shall be posted on the property.

C. If the owner, agent or occupant fails or refuses to perform the required improvements after being given notice, the municipality may perform the improvements. The cost of the improvements shall be assessed against the owner, agent or occupant of the property and shall be a first and prior lien on the property subject only to the lien of general state and county taxes. The amount so expended for the improvements shall bear interest at the rate of six percent per year from completion of the improvements until paid.

D. After the expiration of one year from the date of completing the improvement, the lien may be enforced in the manner provided in Sections 3-36-1 through 3-36-5 NMSA 1978. Notice of the lien shall be filed in the manner provided in Section 3-36-1 NMSA 1978 and the effect of such filing shall be governed by Section 3-36-2 NMSA 1978.

History: 1953 Comp., 14-17-18, enacted by Laws 1965, ch. 300; 1981, ch. 213, 1.

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