ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An Albuquerque resident is upset and defiant after an overzealous city inspector sent her a letter saying her lawn chairs violated city law.
"I read it and I was like, ‘Oh my God,'" said Fawn Dolan. "It's just absurd."
Dolan, who owns a home near Ninth Street and Gold Avenue SW, received the letter late last month from the Albuquerque Code Enforcement Department saying that two lawn chairs under a shady tree in her front yard violated city zoning codes. The letter said the chairs were "outdoor storage items" and needed to be removed by July 4.
According to city code, Dolan could be fined up to $300 if she refused to remove the chairs.
"I didn't realize that sitting in your front yard in lawn chairs was against the law," she said.
An inspector at the city's main zoning office said exceptions to the outdoor storage rule are made for barbeques, children's toys and outdoor furniture. Apparently the inspector thought the chairs had been hauled into the yard from inside the house.
Dolan vowed to keep the chairs exactly where they've been since September.
"I can't take this sitting down," she said.
KRQE News 13 brought the letter to Brennon Williams, Albuquerque's code enforcement manager, who took a closer look at the alleged violation.
He said he thinks the inspector might have thought the wicker furniture was made of wood and intended to be used indoors. If that was the case, it would amount to a violation of city code.
But, whatever the case, Williams said Dolan's chairs clearly didn't constitute a violation.
"You know, we all make mistakes," Williams said. "At this point, this investigation's going to be closed. There will be no further action, and we'll move on to the next property."
Dolan said she was pleased to know that and is happy to be able to again enjoy one of summer's great pleasures: Watching the world go by from the comfort of her front yard.
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