Howard City police planning to crack down on junk vehicles


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:30 am on Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Steve DeWitt

HOWARD CITY — Howard City residents have less than one week to get rid of junk vehicles.

On Monday and Tuesday, Howard City police officers will begin checking every property in the village for enforcement of the village’s junk car and general trash/debris ordinance.

Violators will be given a 10-day compliance notice, after which citations will be issued for any violations. There is no requirement for a compliance period, but the police department is offering a 10-day opportunity to comply as a courtesy.
Village ordinance require that motor vehicles be registered, have insurance and be in operating condition. Vehicles that are completely out of sight by being enclosed in a garage or other building are not subject to enforcement.

Once a violation is issued, each and every day after that can be considered a new violation with fines reaching $500 by the third offense/day.

Police Chief Steve DeWitt said residents who act now will save themselves time and money before the village-wide sweep begins Monday.

“Please take advantage of this week and approaching weekend’s great weather to clear your property of general junk and vehicles in violation,” DeWitt said. “Remember, scrap metal prices are high and often your junk cars can be towed away for free. Check local ads or Craigslist for details.”

The village’s complete ordinances can be read at howardcity.org online.

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