Madison County commissioners say junk cars are an eyesore, nuisance and health hazard and they don’t want citizens to have unused vehicles on their property for extended periods of time.
So the group is considering an ordinance that would establish fines for people who keep non-functioning vehicles on their property.
“Our intent is not to hurt anyone or keep them from making a living; the intent is to get rid of the junk vehicles that are laying around,” said Commissioner Bruce Scogin, noting that there are places in the county where junk cars have been sitting for 40 or 50 years.
County commissioners have asked county attorney Mike Pruett to draft a junk car ordinance. They asked him to also consider providing an allowance for vehicles that are used for farming work.
They added that provision after Steve Canup, owner of Danielsville Hardware, protested against the proposed junk car ordinance. Canup said he has 10 pickup trucks that he uses on his hay farm and he doesn’t want to be forced to give up any of those vehicles.
He said the ordinance would really “hurt a bunch of poor people.”
“Y’all need to give folks a chance to voice their opinion on it,” said Canup of the proposed junk car ordinance.
Bill Grubb addressed the commissioners Wednesday, saying that he is in favor of a junk car ordinance. He said it will help keep property values up and improve the appearance of the county.