Brownstown Town Council targeting nonoperational vehicles


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Vehicles with flat or no tires or an expired or no license plate aren’t allowed to be visible in Brownstown.

If they are, residents may receive a letter from the town giving them 30 days to correct the issue.

“If they follow that, then all is well. If not, then we’ll follow up with perhaps a fee,” Brownstown Town Councilwoman Sharon Koch said during a recent council meeting.

The town’s ordinance violation structure lists a fee not to exceed $2,500 on the first violation and up to $7,500 for the second and any subsequent violations. The exception is regulating traffic and parking, as the violation fees are much lower.

“We’re trying to clean up Brownstown,” Koch said. “We’re trying to get rid of nonoperational vehicles in front of the houses, on the street or on their property. We need to work on the beautification of Brownstown.”

The council is working with the Brownstown Police Department to come up with a list of properties with a nonoperational or nonlicensed vehicle that’s in sight.

“Then we can start the process of sending a letter explaining what needs to be removed and the time frame to do so,” Koch said.

She then asked if the letter should be mailed or delivered by police. Clerk-Treasurer David Willey said a letter delivered by police may help the issue be resolved a lot quicker, and Koch agreed, saying the presentation seems to make a difference.

If a violation is not resolved in 30 days, the council would call a hearing with the resident to assess a fee.

If the resident remains noncompliant, the issue could move to court.

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