The Pilot Grove City Council had the first reading of an ordinance on Monday night to get abandoned vehicles off of public property. Ordinance No. 48, if approved, will define what abandoned vehicles are and give the city the authority to have them removed public streets.


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The Pilot Grove City Council had the first reading of an ordinance on Monday night to get abandoned vehicles off of public property. Ordinance No. 48, if approved, will define what abandoned vehicles are and give the city the authority to have them removed public streets.


The ordinance will be similar to what the City of Boonville recently adopted, with one notable exception: the ordinance will not deal with private property.


“I’d feel better if it weren’t in there,” Councilman Larry Day said about an ordinance dealing with private property.


Any vehicle parked on a public street will be required to have a current license. Under the ordinance, unlicensed vehicles on public property will be considered abandoned and property owners could face a fine. In addition, the owner would be responsible for removing the vehicle from public property or face the possibility of having it towed.


The ordinance will also allow for a vehicle that poses a hazard to be removed.


Mayor Dennis Knipp said there will be two more readings of the ordinance, giving the public the opportunity to voice their opinion on the issue.