BF council votes to revoke business license

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After repeated citations for zoning violations, the Bosque Farms village council voted 3-0 to revoke the business license for Los Campa's Tire Shop.

Village planning and zoning officer Loretta Hatch told the mayor and councilors that her office sent numerous requests to 2290 Bosque Farms Blvd., asking the business owner, Maria I. Sanchez, to remove an illegal structure.

"They are not in compliance right now. There was no building permit issued and it was built in the rear setback," Hatch said. "It's pretty much right on the property line. They were asked repeatedly to remove the structure, told they could take their chances and request a conditional use permit, but there was no response until this morning."

That morning, Nov. 21, Sanchez was ordered to appear in municipal court. Instead, her son came to the hearing in an attempt to represent his mother.

Hatch said during the hearing that Sanchez' son admitted his mother had been deported and is no longer allowed in the country.

Municipal Judge Lars Thomas ordered the illegal building be torn down in 30 days, Hatch said.

"I am asking for the license to be revoked. It was felony charges she was (deported) for, as well as the fact that the property is not in compliance," she said. "They are doing things without any care for the village or the ordinances."

Most likely, Hatch said, someone else representing the business would request a new license. At that point, she said the business would need to go back through the planning and zoning process for a conditional use.

An application for a conditional use for the property has been submitted to her office, Hatch said on Nov. 26. The request was submitted by Karen Silverio, Sanchez' daughter. The request will be heard by the village planning and zoning commission on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.

If anyone attempts to do business at that location, Hatch said they could be cited for operating a business without a license and face fines up to $500 or up to 90 days in jail.

Mayor Pro-tem Wayne Ake said he was concerned the condition of the property would attract vermin, and Councilor Dolly Wallace said her biggest concern was the stockpile of tires on the property.

"If those ever caught fire, the toxicity to the residents and other businesses would be devastating," Wallace said. "That is a real hazard to the village and the people."

Ake agreed, saying the council would be "derelict in its duties to let something like this continue."

Wallace made the motion to revoke Los Campa's Tire Shop's business license. She also asked that Hatch use the village's property maintenance ordinance and any other applicable ordinances, to require the property owner clean up the lot.


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