April 16, 2013
LIMA — City Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee recommended Monday the city change its definition of a junk auto.
If approved, a junk auto would be worth less than $1,500 and be more than three years old, which matches the state’s definition. To be considered a junk auto, other conditions also must be met, such as not being licensed or not being in working condition.
Council is trying to address the issue of junk vehicles in the city. A Lima police officer handles most of the cases now, and he has other responsibilities. Council is talking about devoting more resources to the issue and finding a revenue stream, by fining violators, to fund the work.
Fourth Ward Councilman Tom Tebben said he wants a proactive, rather than a reactive, system. He also wants the administration to detail how the work can be broken up to minimize the involvement of police. A sworn officer must be present when a towed vehicle is inventoried, and administrators also said they want an officer present when a vehicle is towed, because it is often a volatile situation.