Please help us keep our city beautiful

The Farmington Police Department Code Compliance Unit is working hard to keep our city beautiful, but they can’t do it alone. They need the community’s help to ensure litter is disposed of in designated areas, such as the San Juan County Landfill or at Dumpster Weekends, which are scheduled twice a year.

In an effort to assist the public in complying with adopted codes and ordinances of the City of Farmington, Code Compliance would like to provide information regarding illegal dumping.

Farmington City Ordinance 23-1-5 (Dumping of Litter) states the following:

(a) It shall be unlawful to dump deposit, drop, throw, discard, leave, cause or permit the dumping, depositing, dropping, throwing, discarding or leaving of litter upon any public or private property in this city or upon or into any river, lake, pond or other stream or body of water or upon or into any roadside, ditch, glade, or arroyo in this city, unless:

(1) The property has been designated by the city for the disposal of litter; or

(2) The litter is placed in a receptacle or other container intended by the owner or tenant of that property for the deposit of litter.

(b) All complaints of alleged illegal dumping or disposal of litter in violation of this section, shall be investigated by the city. Enforcement officers shall, wherever practicable, inspect any illegally disposed litter found on any street, alley, public place, private place, or trash receptacle where trash was deposited by others not in control or not having ownership of such property, for any traceable ownership. Any personal identification or traceable ownership found in illegally dumped litter shall constitute prima facie evidence that the person whose identifying information is found, is presumed as the owner of such litter who dumped or placed such litter at the point where the violation occurred.

(c) If a person observes a vehicle from which litter was dumped illegally and obtains the license plate number of that vehicle, and the litter contains no identifiable or otherwise traceable indicia of ownership as noted in the preceding paragraph, then it shall be prima facie evidence that the littering was done by the person to whom the vehicle is registered and the registered vehicle owner had control and ownership over the illegally dumped trash.

The penalty for violation of this ordinance can be up to $500.00 per day that the violation continues.

Please remember that Farmington city residents may dispose of common household trash, construction material and debris, and green waste free of charge at the San Juan County Landfill.

Requirements to use the landfill:

  • Present a utility bill with identification. If you are not the person listed on the utility bill but you live at the same address, proof of address is required.
  • Farmington city residents can use a utility bill from the last six months to dispose of up to one ton of household waste. If the weight limit is exceeded, another bill from the previous six months can be used – up to six bills for a single trip.

NOTE: Payment is required for disposal of tires and animals.

Further information can be obtained by calling Waste Management at the San Juan County Landfill at 505-386-5005.

The next City of Farmington Dumpster Weekend is October 21st & 22nd from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Berg Park. Be sure to follow the City of Farmington’s Facebook page to see announcements on upcoming Dumpster Weekends.

The Farmington Police Department would like to thank the community for their assistance in keeping our city clean and beautiful!

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Farmington Police Department conducts 2nd annual yard cleanup

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Farmington Police Department employees spent this past Saturday cleaning the yards of community members in need. Among the employees were Code Compliance officers and their supervisor, the District Coordinator Unit sergeant and lieutenant, FPD’s fleet manager and a member of the Explorers group. A limited number of properties were chosen from submissions sent to FPD over the summer. This is the second year Code Compliance requested nominations for residents who didn’t have the means to remove debris and overgrown vegetation from their yards. This year, properties located on the 5000 block of Loma Alta Drive and the 1300 block of South Monterey Avenue received assistance.

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Farmington Police Department wants to meet you, citizens of Farmington!

DCU Group 1 6-13-15The Farmington Police Department is working to become better acquainted with the citizens of Farmington through neighborhood outreach. On Friday, September 4 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. the department’s District Coordinator Unit and Code Compliance will go door to door to meet community members. During this time, they will also distribute information packets in an effort to bring awareness to the department’s various programs and services. The packets will include details about FPD’s mobile app, virtual neighborhood watch (Nextdoor.com), volunteer opportunities and programs such as Women Against Crime, Citizens Police Academy and Explorers. This is a great opportunity for the citizens of Farmington to meet the officers, ask questions and learn about FPD’s proactive community policing efforts.

Reaching out to the community we serve to help make Farmington a great place to live, work and play!

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington residents to receive yard care assistance from Farmington Police Department

Farmington, NM – Farmington Police Department’s Code Compliance Division is accepting nominations for community members needing yard cleaning assistance. Qualifying properties include those with shrubs growing over the sidewalks, overgrown tree limbs and accumulation of weeds, trash and debris. Individuals will be selected based on the following criteria: those who are older in age, in poor health or who have medical disabilities, financial hardships and have no other resources available to them. This is the second year that the department has provided yard cleanup for community members in need. This year’s cleanups will take place the end of August and early September. A limited number of properties will be selected. Nominations should be typed, one page or less, explaining why the individual is being nominated and how he or she meets the criteria. Please include the nominee’s address and phone number. Email submissions to Corporal Todd Johnston at tjohnston@fmtn.org by July 10, 2015.