Survey: Trash, junked vehicles top concerns of Kingman residents

Trash and junked vehicles were the top two concerns of Kingman residents replying to a police department survey sent in the monthly water bills.

Code Enforcement Officer Carl Allen discovered that finding a way to dispose of the abandoned or junk vehicles was not easy.

"I need an alternative," Allen told owners of local towing companies at a Thursday meeting.

The city has worked out a preliminary agreement with local towing companies and vehicle recycling yards for the removal of abandoned or junk vehicles from private property under the code enforcement program.

The program will be city initiated by Carl Allen, city code enforcement officer, and used when no other options are available.

Allen said that four vehicles fit the definition over the first four months of his time on the job.

"Residents are still responsible for proper storage or removal of these vehicles from their private property," Allen said.

Abandoned vehicles parked on the street come under different legal requirements and are already subject to removal by law enforcement agencies.

The new program does not include these vehicles.

Allen said abandoned or junk vehicles on private property in the city are sometimes vehicles the owner wants to restore or being back to running condition.

He tells the people how they can be stored within city code.

Other vehicles are ones the property owner wants to have removed.

Sometimes, the removal and state required paper work are expensive or complicated.

"There is no market or place to take them," Allen said.

Planning Director Tom Duranceau will include a budget item for the next fiscal year in the Planning and Zoning Department of $5,000 to finance the program, subject to council approval.