BEATRICE – The City of Beatrice has a new ordinance governing junked vehicles, which officials hope will end ways to get around the old rules.
The Beatrice City Council last night gave final approval to the ordinance, which removes the term “motor”, from junked vehicles. That allows many more items to be considered as junked, if not being used.
Officials received little, or no public input since first discussing the new regulations. City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says citizens will have more time to deal with a junked vehicle, once a letter is sent detailing the problem.
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The new ordinance allows for criminal prosecution or towing of vehicles, but also with an appeal process for the owner.
Tempelmeyer says the new ordinance includes exemptions for businesses such as auto dealerships, car repair shops and towing companies. It also includes limited exemptions by permit, for other businesses, for those working on a vehicle as a hobby and for those owning race cars.
The business permit exemptions are for one year and cannot be renewed. For race cars, two permits are allowed for one year.
The council also passed a permit fee, set at $50. Violation of the junked vehicle ordinance carries a fine ranging from $100, to $500. Councilman Ted Fairbanks says the new ordinance apparently was having an impact, even prior to Monday night’s passage.
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Vehicles towed are kept by the city for a period of time under state law, and are eventually liquidated if owners do not claim them.
The fee resolution that establishes the new permit charge passed on a 5-2 vote, with Councilmen David “Pede” Catlin and Dwight Parde voting no. Parde felt there should not be a permit fee for a person working on a vehicle as a hobby.
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The new junked vehicle ordinance passed on a 6-0 vote, with Councilman Catlin abstaining and Councilman Phil Cook absent from last night’s meeting.