Farmington, NM – Farmington police will be conducting active patrols at Lake Farmington throughout the summer. The focus is to ensure individuals are complying with the new city ordinance created to allow an area for swimming. The ordinance went into effect on May 10, 2016 and amends the restriction on swimming, to allow in designated areas during operational hours. Sgt. Chad Byers with FPD’s District Coordinator Unit explained, “The Beach, Lake Farmington’s designated swimming area, is signified by a buoy line and fencing around the perimeter. Swimming outside this area is not permitted.” Beach hours are Sunday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
In addition to looking for violations of the new ordinance, officers will be enforcing the posted 15 mph speed limit and restriction on alcoholic beverages. “These rules have been established to ensure individuals participating in recreational activities at Lake Farmington, have a fun and safe experience,” said Byers.
The new ordinance, located on the city of Farmington’s website at fmtn.org, reads as follows:
ORDINANCE NO. 2016-1285
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 20 OF THE FARMINGTON CITY CODE
DEALING WITH LAKE FARMINGTON
WHEREAS, the City of Farmington has received requests from members
of the public to use Lake Farmington for swimming; and
WHEREAS, the City Council finds it necessary to amend Chapter 20 to
allow for swimming in designated areas of Lake Farmington.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF
The new law reads as follows
Section One: Section 20-3-7, Swimming, bathing or polluting of
waters, is amended to read as follows:
“A. No washing, wading, swimming outside of designated areas,
bathing or polluting of the waters of Lake Farmington shall be
permitted. The city manager shall have discretion to grant a
waiver allowing such activities for beneficial purposes such as,
but not limited to, training, special events and maintenance of the
dam and lake.
B. Swimming shall be permitted in designated areas.” Section Two: All other provisions of Chapter 20 shall remain the same.
PASSED, SIGNED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 10th day of May, 2016.