Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Aldermen Approve Bill to Ban Junked Vehicles

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Aldermen Approve Bill to Ban Junked Vehicles

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O'Fallon aldermen accepted no roadblocks in a bill to get junkers out of yards, streets and carports.

On Tuesday, the Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a bill to let the city cite residents who leave abandoned or inoperable vehicles in open areas for more than 10 days after being warned to comply with city codes. The ordinance will take effect Jan. 1.

Alderman Paul Renaud, Ward 1, pushed for the bill. Alderman Dennis Henson, Ward 1, said earlier this month he wanted to condense the time between the warning and the lawsuit. A bill aldermen considered earlier this month would have forced the code officer to return several times to the vehicle.

Henson and Renaud said abandoned cars were a problem in their ward.

The city defines abandoned or inoperable cars as those with more than one flat tire or a tire missing, no current license plate, essential parts gone or windows shattered or missing.

Residents who store derelict vehicles in a garage or other permanent enclosed building will not be cited. …

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