takes action against owners of abandoned vehicles
By Megan Sonderegger
April 1, 2006 | LEWISTON -- After several complaints
from Lewiston residents the Cache County Sheriff will
be activating an ordinance that allows law enforcement
to cite owners of abandoned cars, on or off their property,
impounding their vehicles if the required steps aren't
Deputy Jared Glover said the ordinance falls under
the Lewiston law as a nuisance to society and defines
a nuisance as anything which is abandoned or discarded,
or items which are not currently in use.
"Basically we're just cleaning up old junk vehicles
that have sat around the town for years," Glover said.
Julie Bergeson, the city recorder, said this ordinance
has never been initiated before and requires a step-by-step
process which starts with notifying and warning the
offending resident and leads to impounding their cars
or leasing their property if necessary.
"Most cities have ordinances but oftentimes they sleep
until somebody complains," said Bergeson.
She said the City Council has been struggling with
this problem for over a year due to the lack of a city
police department as well as the inability to provide
enough funding or manpower.
Glover said enforcing the ordinance is a long process
and he feels "it will not get rid of the problem entirely."
He said the first notification letters were written
a year ago and since then only 12 of the residents notified
"We've already done it once, and we're going to do
it again," Glover said referring to notification.
Bergeson says she feels activating the ordinance will
not have a huge impact ultimately because offending
residents generally have a lower income and are incapable
of solving the problem.
"Squeezing water from a rock was never easy," Bergeson
Glover said the ordinance is being enforced at present
and residents who receive notification should respond
or risk facing penalties.