Hampton addresses abandoned vehicles


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Posted Online: April 17, 2013, 8:33 pm
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By Sarah Ford, correspondent@qconline.com
HAMPTON — The village board has amended its abandoned vehicle ordinance to say that unused vehicles on property must be topped with a car cover.

The decision came after Police Chief Robert Fuller asked how the board wanted officers to respond to abandoned vehicle complaints.

"It's simple, you do one of two things. You cover it oryoumove it," Trustee Richard Vershaw said of owners of unused vehicles, before making amotion to add the car-cover requirement to the existing ordinance, effective immediately. Trustee Tony Earl seconded it.

"I don't like telling people what they can and can't do on their own property, and here we are having to tell people what they can and can't do on their own property," Trustee Vershaw said.

"Cars that sit outin a yard devalue the surrounding homes," said Trustee Jim Garrison. "It devalues the neighborhood. It's an eyesore."

Trustee Garrison was the only trustee to vote against the ordinance change. He called it a "wrong path," but added that "something came along to make us enforce an ordinance, so we got to do it."
























 



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