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|Police Jury considering new junk ordinance|
By TORI STILWELL
A neighborhood dispute could lead to a new junk ordinance after the July 26 meeting Concordia Parish Police Jury meeting.
Juror Willie Dunbar said Fred Taylor has yet to make good on an agreement to remove junk cars and construct a fence around his property. In May, nearby residents complained to the jury that the clutter on Taylor's property is devaluing their own and providing a breeding ground for rattlesnakes.
"I don't believe that we put enough pressure on people to do something," Dunbar said. "We always give them an opportunity to do stuff and we keep giving opportunities.
"I don't believe he's going to respond to what we asked him to do."
Police Jury President Melvin Ferrington said although there is no parish ordinance that regulates junk and abandoned automobiles, there is a state law that allows police juries the right to pass such a statute.
"A lot of our ordinances don't have any teeth in them at all, and we need to update it," Ferrington said.
Adopting the state law would allow the police jury to prohibit the storing or abandoning of junk--which includes major appliances, wrecked or used motor vehicles and their parts--on vacant lots, unused portions of occupied lots, and streets and sidewalks. It would also permit the police jury to require land used for storing junk to be surrounded by a board fence or some other type of enclosure.
A public hearing to consider the ordinance will be held at the next meeting Aug. 9.
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