Clean Up Henderson discusses penalties, problems

Editor’s Note: Because the Mayor’s emergency meeting was concurrent with the meeting of the Clean Up Henderson Committee, only half of the meeting was covered.

The Clean Up Henderson committee discussed the general problem of attempting to collect civil penalties on junked, abandoned, and nuisance vehicles.

The city has recently begun assessing such penalties on those who violate the ordinance against such vehicles.

Senior Police Office A.M. Feingold, who frequently acts as a liason between the Henderson Police Department and the committee, commented that cars frequently go in and out of compliance, complicating the matter of assessing and collecting civil penalties.

Frequently, violators will bring nuisance vehicles into compliance when asked to do so, then let the cars lapse once the investigating officer has been satisfied.

Feingold stated that it is a misconception that a vehicle without a tag is in violation of the city ordinance. She said that it is not necessarily true.

Diane Barbario, chair of the committee, mentioned a man running an auto repair business out of his home. She asked if this problem could be attacked from the aspect of zoning and permits.

Henderson City Council member Ranger Wilkerson responded that such matters have to come to the city by complaint.

“I haven’t heard nothing about it,” Wilkerson said. He went on to say that complaints should be addressed to the city manager and that he would “carry it down”.

The meeting ended with a discussion of a specific Henderson house in which a neighborhood resident claims drugs are being manufactured.

Barbario said that the house should be condemned as a toxic waste site.

Council member Lynn Harper told the committee that the city would do everything it could to fix the problem.

A police report was taken immediately following the meeting.