City begins mandatory cleanup

A few areas in Brady looked a little less cluttered Tuesday morning after the Brady Police Department, with the assistance of Heart of Texas Towing, went to work removing junked vehicles that have for quite some time distorted the positive features that Brady has the potential of offering. The recent action is all part of the police department’s intent to comply with the city ordinance that gives the department authorization to remove junked cars from private property. Following a notice from the city, the owner or occupant of the premises on which the junked vehicle is located has 10 days to request a hearing before the municipal judge. Should the property owner fail to comply with the notice, the city has full authority to enter the property and remove of the vehicle in question. “We get a lot of people who are under the impression that the city cannot legally enter private property and take possession of such vehicles,” said Brady Police Chief John Stewart. “That’s simply not the case. We have every authority to do so and will.” Section 17-35 under Article III in Ordinance No. 422 of the City Charter reads: Junked vehicles which are located in any place where they are visible from a public place or a public right-of-way are detrimental to the safety and welfare of the general public, tending to reduce the value of private property, to invite vandalism, to create fire hazards, to constitute an attractive nuisance, and to create a hazard to the health and safety of minors; and are detrimental to the economic welfare of the city by producing urban blight which is adverse to the maintenance and continuing development of the community; such vehicles are therefore declared to be public nuisances. According to Chief Stewart and contents of the ordinance, it is the property owner’s responsibility to keep the property free and clear of all junked vehicles. The property owner is not required to notify the tennant of any notice issued by the city. The police department will be targeting certain areas at different times to avoid overlooking any junked vehicles.

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