Mundelein Making It Tougher to Keep Broken-Down Vehicles
Lissau, Russell, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Mundelein officials are strengthening their ability to rid the village of abandoned and dilapidated cars.
Trustee Kenneth Kessler said broken-down and abandoned cars do not belong in a village trying to spruce up its image and attract more visitors.
"Cars sitting around with no tires or up on jacks doesn't portray the image that Mundelein deserves," said Kessler, who heads the village board's police committee. He recommended the changes.
The new rules, which were approved Monday without opposition, were prompted by sightings of several abandoned and broken-down cars in the village, as well as complaints from Mundelein residents and merchants.
The new regulations shorten to seven days the time a car can remain outdoors without wheels, engines or other vital parts.
Until now, the village had given residents a 30-day window to repair inoperable vehicles, authorities said.
The rules also specify a vehicle left abandoned on a street for at least 10 hours can be towed by police order. …