Jul 25, 2013 3:07 PM by Rachel Cole - firstname.lastname@example.org
GREGORY -- New Gregory Police Chief Jesse Garcia is cracking down on a huge problem in town, a high number of junk cars. Police have counted 181 so far. It's an issue that's been driving officials crazy for decades.
"Look at the pecans in here," Chief Garcia said as he pointed out pecan shells fallen from tree growing inside an abandoned truck.
Every town has old cars hanging around, but some in town have been there for about 13 years, as evidenced by an inspection sticker that expired in 2000. Chief Garcia says that's not even the oldest.
"We just saw the truck that was 13 years old since it's last inspection and so there's some even older than that, that have been planted in these areas for some time? They were able to find one that's actually been there for 15 years," Chief Garcia said.
Chief Garcia says it's time to enforce the city ordinance on junk cars. He tells us they are not only a danger to the community. They're a perfect spot for vandals to leave graffiti.
Officers are verbally warning property owners to dispose of the abandoned cars.
"We're here to work with the citizens to help make sure they get the paperwork that they need and get these vehicles where they need to be," the Chief said.
He says the plan is to create a safe community for residents to live in and an inviting city for anticipated development here in the future.
"This community is hopefully, God willing, going to be thriving in a couple of years," he added.
Chief Garcia says people who have junk vehicles have 45 days to get rid of them after they've received a verbal warning.
If they don't, officers will get permission from a judge to seize the vehicle and take it to a salvage yard. The car owner will be fined $200.