Margaretta wants junk cars gone or parked out of sight

MARGARETTA TWP. Boats with trees growing in them, cars on cement blocks and trucks that have become part of the landscape bec
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

MARGARETTA TWP.

Boats with trees growing in them, cars on cement blocks and trucks that have become part of the landscape because they've been there so long could become a thing of the past in Margaretta Township.

Township trustees and Zoning Inspector Tom Johnson are planning to start cracking down on one of the township's biggest eyesores: junk cars.

Township trustee Gary Pooch estimates "a couple hundred" junk cars are littering the lawns of township residents.

"I've always taken more pride in my property than having junk cars on them," said Pooch. "But rather than scrapping them out, they just park them and don't bother getting rid of them."

Johnson is working on making the Ohio Revised Code that pertains to junk cars more specifically geared toward the township. The trustees are expected to take action on the resolution at Thursday's meeting.

With the current code, a junk vehicle is defined as one worth less than $2,500 and which does not run in forward or reverse.

The vehicle's location if kept on the property can also help determine if it is a junker.

"It's fine as long as it's not visible by the public. It's either got to be in a garage or behind a fence," Johnson said.

Once the resolution is in place, people with junk cars on their property will be notified in writing they need to remove the vehicle. Residents will have a certain amount of time to either oppose their vehicle's junk status in writing or remove it from the property.

Otherwise, the township will step in. If the vehicle isn't removed by the owner, the township will have it removed and add the cost to the owner's taxes, Johnson said.

If the new resolution is passed on Thursday, it will not be enforced for at least 30 days.