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Code Enforcement for the City of Bonham: junked vehicles
By Mark Posey, Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Bonham
Jan 8, 2018
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I want to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of Bonham for their help with enforcing the Codes that I enforce on a daily basis.   I know that there is a lot of work to do in our city, but we have come a long way.  I can only do this by educating the citizens on the ordinances that have been set in place by the Bonham City Council members of the past and present.

 

I want to let the citizens of Bonham know that the months of February and March, with the help of the Bonham Police Department, will be enforcing Bonham City Code:  Sec. 8.03.002 Declaration of nuisance; impoundment - (a) A junked vehicle, including a part of a junked vehicle, that is located in a place where it is visible at any time of the year from a public place or public right-of-way is detrimental to the safety and welfare of the public, tends to reduce the value of private property, invites vandalism, creates a fire hazard, is an attractive nuisance creating a hazard to the health and safety of minors, produces urban blight adverse to the maintenance and continuing development of the city, and is hereby declared a public nuisance. (b) A person commits an offense when he or she maintains a junked vehicle or vehicle part in a manner declared a public nuisance, and it is the city councilís intent that the municipal police enforce state law to discourage the creation and/or maintenance of such a public nuisance, as provided in V.T.C.A., Transportation Code sections 683.072 and 683.073. Section 683.073(c) of the Transportation Code also requires the court in which the case is tried to order abatement and removal of the nuisance upon conviction.  In terms that I understand, The City of Bonham will be removing old vehicles inside the city limits that are not in working condition, not registered by the Texas Department of Safety, and not in compliance to IPMC code 302.8 Motor Vehicles - No inoperative or unlicensed motor vehicle, or recreational vehicle shall be parked, kept or stored on any premises, and no vehicle, or boat shall at any time be in a state of major disassembly, disrepair, or in the process of being stripped or dismantled.  However, a motor vehicle or recreational vehicle can have a fitted Car or Boat Cover over a vehicle if not working. A Tarp is unacceptable.  If you have been sent a 10 day warning at any time in the last year, and have not made an effort to comply with the ordinance, your vehicle will be impounded and cost goes to the owner of the vehicle.  Working together to make Bonham Beautiful and  Safe place to live. 

 

Mark Posey

Code Enforcement Officer