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City Council Okays Home Sales at Capilla de Piedra

Subhead: Local government employees were also banned from working in local government for up to two years

By Jesús Aguado

The San Miguel de Allende City Council meeting 95 that was held on September 21, landed important decisions. Among other things Mario Cecilio Morales—Municipal Comptroller—asked the members of the council to approve the ban on local government employees during the 2012–2015 mayoral administration working at any local, state or federal office—some employees for six months and others for up to two years. No reasons were publicly given.

Morales also redacted all data that could identify the government employees in question. According to Secretary of the City Council Luis Manuel Orozco, the reason the data was redacted is that, by law, the personal data has to be kept out of the public eye so that the employees can still plead their innocence in a state or federal court without prejudice.

Article Three of the State Law for Protection of Personal Data states that personal data is “any information related to a moral or physical person, identified or identifiable. A person is considered identifiable when their identity can be determined directly or indirectly by any information.” The time the information would be kept redacted was not determined by the members of the council.

The members also agreed to modify an agreement from October 2017, in which they approved the selling of 88 modules featuring 248 houses from Capilla de Piedra. The modification of the agreement covers the sale of the community’s clubhouse, tennis courts, and a space for containers. They also agreed to modify a permit for “the sale of an area of the chapel and its buffer area, as well as area of a stream on the property.

The chapel is a construction from the Viceroyalty era in Mexican history and thus protected by the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (National Institute of Anthropology and History).

When Atenciónquestioned Orozco about why those spaces are for sale, since legally they must be open to the general public, he replied that it is just a process that has to be done but that later the chapel, as well as the stream, will be donated to the local government. However, he said, they needed a sales permit.

The council also reversed a previous moratorium on metered parking in the Historic Center. On March 6, 2017, after demonstrations and resistance from citizens, the council decided to place a moratorium on the SIM, which beyond metered parking featured shuttle services, parking lots in the periphery of Centro—which are still under construction—pending a voter referendum. That referendum finally took place on August 12, in which the SIM was approved. Hence, the council at this meeting cancelled the moratorium on implementation of the SIM.

However, Orozco said that this does not mean that metered parking will begin soon. He made clear that any next steps will be made by the next incoming city council.


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