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SeeClickFix: No room for 'clunkers' in Huntsville city limits

Huntsville Planning Director Michelle Jordan says Huntsville Community Development must enforce the Junk, Litter and Inoperable Vehicle Ordinance for good reason. (Source: WAFF) Huntsville Planning Director Michelle Jordan says Huntsville Community Development must enforce the Junk, Litter and Inoperable Vehicle Ordinance for good reason. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Your attachment to an old broken down car may cost you more than its value down the road.

The City of Huntsville says fix it or move it.  

"I understand Huntsville's ultimate goal is to become the showcase for the state of Alabama, which I'm all for," said Charles Draper.  

A Huntsville native, Draper has a different opinion when it comes to your personal vehicle.

"But, as long as your tires are up and you have the opportunity to fix it then I don't think Huntsville should step into that," Draper said. 

Huntsville Planning Director Michelle Jordan says Huntsville Community Development must enforce the Junk, Litter and Inoperable Vehicle Ordinance for good reason. 

"When you're a property owner and you live in a neighborhood, you have a responsibility to everyone around you," said Jordan. 

Jordan says the ordinances are geared to improve the safety and quality of life for residents. 

"So our goal is really to eliminate those nuisances and make sure the public's safety and health is intact," Jordan said.  

The City of Huntsville says they've issued approximately 2,500 notices and citations for junk and litter in 2014, and a big chunk of that includes inoperable vehicles like you see in salvage yards.  

Yet, so many residents don't comply - as you see the SeeClickFix reports on waff.com span the gambit from open and closed cases of junk vehicles filed by your neighbors.

"Not everybody is able to have the opportunity to fix the vehicle in a timely manner or what they would consider a timely manner," said Draper.  

You have 30 days to repair or remove the vehicle in question. Otherwise, face fines or court orders. Upon inspection, you may be asked crank the car and put it into gear. 

More information on the ordinance can be found online here

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