LANCASTER - The City Council wants to clear out the dozens of abandoned vehicles in town. Now it just has to figure out the best way to do it.
The council heard Monday night from police officer David Shepherd that a police inventory showed there are about 70 vehicles inside the city limits that qualify as public nuisances. The obvious solution, he said, is to have them towed and charge their owners.
Unfortunately for the city, he said, it's not that easy.
Many of the cars' owners - who may be out of state or even dead - cannot be located. The city's law on public nuisances requires that owners be given notice - 10 days if hand-delivered, 13 days if mailed - before the city can take action.
Additionally, the city can't collect from people it can't find. Towing companies, Shepherd said, would likely charge the city about $50 to haul off a vehicle.