Archive for Wednesday, May 2, 2001

City tags inoperable vehicles

May 2, 2001

Tonganoxie police are targeting eyesores.

Police Chief Ken Carpenter said officers on Monday applied bright orange stickers to 15 untagged vehicles that belong to four property owners.

"You can see them," Carpenter said. "They're all over town now."

The owners have 10 days to comply with city regulations and remove the vehicles from their property.

Chris Clark, city administrator, said the removal of junk cars is part of the city's beautification program.

In mid-March, about 20 letters were sent to area residents, asking them to clean up their property.

If not initiated, the process would be started so that the city could fine for violations. This was basically a courtesy letter, Clark said.

"We are getting voluntary compliance with that letter," Clark said. "But there are other individuals who have not complied and this is just the next level of the enforcement process."

In addition to placing stickers on vehicles, the city mailed registered letters to six property owners for various violations of the city's uniform public offense code. These included primarily unregistered and inoperable vehicles, as well as unsightly property.

Carpenter said the fine for failure to remove the vehicles is $100 per day, per incident.

"If someone has six cars on the site, it would be six violations," Carpenter said.

If the owner refuses to take action, the city has the option to remove the vehicles, and add the removal cost to the landowner's property tax statement, Carpenter said.

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