Junked car ordinance

Junked cars on property will be the target of a proposed ordinance will address at its meeting tonight. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

LIVINGSTON – An ordinance to regulate removal of abandoned and/or inoperative vehicles on private property will be discussed at tonight's Parish Council meeting.

The ordinance would require a licensed wrecker tow the vehicle to impound. The facility must have a secured yard with a fence to ensure no further damage to the vehicle.

“We’d give the vehicle owner a certain amount of time to remove the abandoned auto,” District 2 Councilman Garry “Frog” Talbert said. “If that time period lapses, the wrecker service would pick up the vehicle.”

The abandoned auto ordinance would fall in concurrence with efforts to require cleanup of blighted property across the parish, he said.

“The whole purpose of this is to clean up … we all get calls on this,” Talbert said. “If someone has 16 junked cars on a lot, we will be able to tell a wrecker to haul them up.”

District 4 Councilman John Wascom questioned how the parish would define a vehicle as “junked.”

“Even if someone had a car on their private property and the owner said they’re using it for parts, would it give us the authority to take the vehicles?” he said.

The ordinance would offer a specific definition of an “abandoned” vehicle, District 9 Councilman Shane Mack said.

“If the car is in a garage, it’s not included,” he said. “If it’s an antique, there’s a definition of that.”

A public hearing will be held prior to the vote.

The council will also accept or reject bids for the Road Program, which is set to begin later this month.

Members will also vote on three recommended appointments for the Mosquito Abatement Board for District 2 and 3. Talbert and District 3 Councilman Maurice “Scooter” Keen will occupy seats on the board.

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