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City progressing on junk car ordinance

By JOE CENTERS • Sep 12, 2017 at 9:58 PM

Norwalk City Council put some extra work into its work session Tuesday night.

Council met for almost 90 minutes, spending a good portion of that time on a proposed junk vehicle proposal.

Highlights of the proposal would give zoning officer Mitch Loughton the power to locate abandoned vehicles and place stickers on them, giving the owner 15 days to remove them. If that does not work, a certified letter would be sent and a re-inspection would be held after a 48-hour waiting period from time of mailing.

If no progress is made the towing process would be initiated and the vehicle will be taken to a city lot. After 30 days, abandoned vehicles would be sold in a public auction or to a salvage dealer.

There was plenty of discussion and the issue will be on Tuesday’s agenda.

Also discussed was an easement for a house at 38 W. Seminary for CLI. That also will be on Tuesday’s agenda.

Also, Erin Smetzer has resigned from the zoning board because she is moving out of town. Smetzer was on the November ballot for a Norwalk council at-large seat but will not be eligible to run because of her move. That leaves incumbents Stephen Euton and Stephen Schumm, along with Jordy Horowitz, Brian Lamb and Vince Thompson running for four seats.

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