A New Policy in Ector County Sparks Debate 1/7/14
CBS 7 News
January 7, 2014
WEST ODESSA-Ector County's plan to clean up the community is causing debate among homeowners.
The County plans on getting rid of all junked vehicles that are visible to the public.
But first they want people to remove them themselves before having to enforce the new policy.
Jerry Sutton has over 20 cars that the County would consider to be junked vehicles, but he says one manís junk is another manís treasure.
Sutton, whose home is located on a public street, is just one of several residents who don't agree with the new policy.
"Iím retired, I live on a fixed income, how can I afford to put a fence up around this place just because they donít like the looks," said Sutton.
Sutton says he uses the parts of his ďjunkedĒ cars to fix up his other cars.
Kathy Cotton, another Ector County resident, says it's about time that the county starts enforcing residents to keep their yards clean, or covered up.
"I get out here and work hard, and try to keep my place looking nice, and people have vehicles up in their front yards, and sitting on blocks and trash everywhere. I canít imagine somebody wants to live in something like that," said Cotton.
Robert Hallmark, a talk show radio host with KCRS, spoke with residents in the county and with Ted Yelley, an Environmental Enforcement Officer for the county, about the new policy, and says Yelley clarified their intentions.
"The real momentum behind this is to get the junked cars off the public highways and roadways. [Yelley] says right now they donít have any intentions of going onto private property and trying to get that done," said Hallmark.
The policy, which the county adopted back in October, states that officials can remove junked vehicles including parts of one, if they are visible at any time of the year, from either a public place or right-of-way.
Yelley says even though they have the option of removing all junked vehicles that can be considered a public nuisance; they only plan on towing abandoned junked vehicles for now.
To see the policy in its entirety click on the following link: