Citizens of Adairville who have junk cars sitting on their property will soon have to get rid of them, according to mayor Donna Blake.
New city police chief Roger Lindsey talked to Blake about the large number of junk automobiles sitting in plain sight in the city’s residential neighborhoods soon after he began working for the the south Logan County town.
“Roger asked when he came on board if we had an ordinance pertaining to junk cars and I told him we did,” Blake said. “I explained to him that it had never been enforced very good though.”
Lindsey asked Blake if she would like to see the ordinance, which has been on the books since 1988, enforced.
So Blake took the issue before the city council and it was decided that it would be a good thing to do.
Lindsey then drove around Adairville and made note of all the junk cars he saw.
“He found like 40,” Blake said.
According to the city ordinance a junk automobile is any vehicle that has been “taken out of service or use for transportation and not in operating condition for a period of over 30 days and not enclosed in a garage or other enclosure and exposed to public view.”
Blake said she realizes that enforcing the law won’t be popular with everyone.
“I know that it’s going to tick off a lot of people off, but the only way we can do this is if we enforce it for everyone,
Blake said. “We’re not going to be picking and choosing who has to follow the ordinance. It’s going to be everybody or nobody.”
Blake said that removing all the of the junk cars will help improve the look of the city.
“It’ hard for us to get things to come into town when the town doesn’t look very good,” she said.
Blake said that the city will soon begin writing letters to the offenders who have junk cars on their property.
“Roger will personally deliver those letters,” Blake said.
Also, the city will also soon start enforcing the city’s laws on trailers and motor homes.
“Trailers and motor homes are supposed to be in back yards and we’ve got some in side yards and we’ll be cracking down on that too,” Blake said.