New Ordinance Set To Pick Up All Junked Vehicles In Ector County 1/1/14
CBS 7 News
January 1, 2014
WEST ODESSA-With the New Year come new laws.
Beginning today, Ector County residents will no longer be able to have junked vehicles parked out in plain sight.
Ector County resident Dan Nastansky, has been working all day to put up an enclosed fence to cover up all of his junked cars.
Nastansky is one of the few out here in the county who is obeying and in favor of the new ordinance, which went into effect today.
"Well I think they need to clean up Odessa, so whoever has junk vehicles needs to get rid of them, or fence them in, so not everyone has to look into them," said Nastansky.
The Ector County's Environmental Enforcement Officers will be removing all junked vehicles that are visible on either private, or public property.
Ector County Commissioner Freddie Gardner says, they're doing this not only to beautify their county, but also to protect residents from rodents and other animals who are usually cooped up inside of these cars.
"We'll give them a chance to take care of it themselves, then if they donít take care of it within a certain amount of time, then weíll take care of it for them,Ē said Gardner.
Gardner says the owners of these vehicles will not be receiving any citations, but instead they will have 10 days, after being warned, to either place up an enclosed fence, or have their vehicles towed.
Other residents in the area don't agree with the new ordinance and feel they should be left alone. Lavern Couch, who has a chain fence up around her junk vehicles, says that's why they moved out to the country in the first place.
"If itís behind the fence, it's our business, and I donít think we should have to put up an enclosed fence," said Couch.
The new ordinance defines junked vehicles as those that donít have current license plates, or inspection stickers, and that have been inoperable for 72 hours if on public property and 30 days if on private property.
Sue North, another Ector County resident, says it's about time the county did something to clean up their community.
"Nobody wants to move into this mess, I want to move out. How can I expect anyone else to want to buy it and move into it," said North.
Gardner says the county will work with residents by either disposing, or cleaning up their yards.
For more information or help, call 432-498-4150.