Beatrice Officials Moving to Address Junked Vehicles, Weeds, Nuisances

BEATRICE – Beatrice city officials will be holding discussions in the coming weeks about how to step up dealing with problems such as junked vehicles and weeds, trying to solve unsightly conditions in the city.

Monday night, the mayor and city council received a word of caution from some citizens….who said don’t unnecessarily affect commercial operations that do business in automotive services.

Mayor Stan Wirth says the city doesn’t want to be heavy handed, but does frequently get complaints.

:24                  “front porch”

City Legal Assistant Abby Stark, working in the city attorney’s office, says there are instances in which people are trying to get around city regulations.

:25                  “can stay”

Jeff Shew runs a local towing business.  He told city officials last night that the focus should be on residential areas, when it comes to junked vehicles.

:49                  “somebody else”

City Councilman Ted Fairbanks says the city has tried to handle the issue of junked vehicles by requiring that a vehicle is operable, and is registered.

:14                  “community pride”

Chief Building Inspector Rob Mierau says the city is not looking at cracking down on commercial properties where the business is dealing with autos, in one form or another.   He says his office is examining how other cities have addressed problems.

:14                  “live in”

City Councilman David “Pede” Catlin has been in the salvage and auto parts business in his lifetime, and cautions against hampering businesses that deal with vehicles.

:27                  “businesses”

Officials acknowledge it will take some time to work through the process to reach a solution that deals with junked vehicles, weeds and other nuisances.

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