“I thought the ordinance was written quite effectively,” he said. “I didn’t see a problem with it the way it was written.”
Because Buck supported all of the other elements of the ordinance, he voted in favor of it when it came time to vote on the measure as a whole. The ordinance passed 6-1, with Bishop dissenting.
Other exceptions permit the leaving of vehicles for members of the U.S. military away on active duty and college students away at school. Vehicles for sale on properly zoned sales lots, left on the lots of legally licensed service facilities and scrap yards and legally defined antique motor vehicles are excluded from the rules as well.
The fines that were proposed last year to be a part of the rules are not included in the new ordinance. Violators will be responsible for all costs incident to the removal and/or disposal of their vehicle, however.
Automobiles, motorcycles, truck trailers, semi-trailers, tractors, buses, recreational vehicles, motorized bicycles, mopeds, utility trailers “or any other mechanical conveyance allowed to operate on public streets...” are named in the ordinance.
The rules will be enforced by the city’s board of public works and safety, police department, community development director, building commissioner and code enforcement officer. Vehicles in violation will be tagged and if no action is taken they will be towed after 72 hours.
The second and final vote on the measure will take place at city council’s next meeting at 5 p.m. May 5 in the City Council Chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 601 E. Broadway.
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