Thursday, April 13, 2006
Taylor questions enforcement of city’s junk car ordinance
By SUE WATSON
Holly Springs is not enforcing its junk car ordinance, said Edythe Taylor, a resident of the Meadows. She said the city has had two years to enforce the ordinance and if it doesn’t do a better job, the city should throw the ordinances out.
Taylor said there are from two to three junk cars at about every other house in the neighborhood and she alleges 20 cars are in front of her home on Shelby Street.
“I’m now tired of cars taking down the value of my home,” she said.
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry argued the City of Holly Springs is making sure ordinances will be enforced.
“The breakdown is in dispensations after they get to court,” he said. “It is the responsibility of the judge to enforce ordinances once it gets to court. It doesn’t look good to get citations out and nothing is being done.”
DeBerry argued that neighborhoods can do more by taking pride in their street, block or community. He said the judge has issued fines.
“But what happens after the fines?” Taylor asked. “No cars have been moved.”
“It is not just you,” DeBerry said. “The community at large, the street at large - at some time there has to be some ownership in that street, that block, that community. I will talk with the judge and see if we can get him to do something.”
“But what happens if you can’t get them enforced and cleaned up?” Taylor asked, waiving a copy of the ordinances before DeBerry and the board of aldermen.
DeBerry said the citizen files a complaint with zoning, citations are written by the police department if the person does not take action to correct the situation and ultimately the matter goes before the Municipal Court.
He said he has no direct authority to do anything about complaints.
“There are certain things that fall within my authority and things that don’t, but until we get the court’s side of it straight, it is not working,” he said.
“If you are not going to enforce them, y’all ought to change them,” Taylor said. “I know you should not have to deal with this once it is on this paper (the ordinance), but it is not working. That’s been done. Two years ago it’s been done and nothing is happening.
“Those cars have got to go. I want to see some immediate action.”
“In terms of getting it resolved, I can’t say (it will be done) immediately,” said DeBerry.
Alderman-At-Large Tim Liddy asked if something could be done to put “more teeth” in the ordinance – if the Health Department could help out.
“We can check to see if he (the neighbor with 20 cars) has a business license,” said alderman Nancy Hutchens.
“The house is directly in front of my house,” said Taylor. “You can’t miss it.”
Fire Department Report
The city has a new fire engine in service.
Fire Chief Ken Holbrook advised the Mayor and Board of Aldermen that the fire department will need space to store its fleet of vehicles in the future.
Mayor DeBerry asked if the fire department still uses the old fire house in Spring Hollow for a smoke house training facility. He would like to have the structure demolished once another smoke house is available.
Holbrook offered to research the cost to build one out of old railroad car containers.
In other business, the board:
The board voted for a resolution for a public hearing to determine public necessity for the issuance of $5.83 million in Tax Increment Financing bonds for Holly Springs Commons.
A motion for a resolution to determine the necessity for local authorization of a TIF Plan for Holly Springs Commons also passed by the board.
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