Questions about vehicles in yards in Mt. Sterling

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(Posted July 28, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

A resident addressed Mount Sterling village council on July 26, seeking clarity about legislation that governs vehicles parked in yards.

Melissa Louria, who lives at 76 W. Main St., said she and her husband have several vehicles parked on their property. All of the vehicles are drivable, she said; some pertain to her husband’s job as a truck driver. Some are parked on a concrete pad; some are parked in the yard.

Louria said her husband was told the vehicles in the yard are a violation of village ordinances and that he could incur penalties. She said she tried to find information about the ordinances on the village’s website but had no luck.

“We’re trying to figure out to work within the (rules) and be able to live here without concern of tickets and towing and things like that,” she told council.

Council member Becky Martin, chair of the nuisance and abatement committee, said the village has ordinances on the books that pertain to vehicles (cars, boats, motorcycles, trailers, campers, etc.) parked in yards. She said the committee is working to combine some of those ordinances and make them clearer and, therefore, “more user friendly.”
The committee had hoped to present the amended ordinances at the July 26 council meeting but need more time to work on them, Martin said.

“Every decision we make is just based on what we feel like is best for the village and to make the village look beautiful and appealing and attractive to new businesses and to new homes,” Martin said. “So, all decisions we make kind of revolve around that. We welcome any input, of course.”

She invited Louria and anyone else from the public to attend the nuisance and abatement committee meetings. The next meeting is Aug. 4 at 3:30 p.m. at town hall.

Events
The village is showing “Up” at the next movie night, set for July 31 at Mason Park. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office will give a short bike safety presentation. The village will be giving away bike helmets, scooters, and bicycles.

The village’s Food & Flea is scheduled for Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Mason Park. Little Bear food truck will be serving up sandwiches.

Council member David Timmons, a member of American Legion Post 417, reported the post is working on ideas for displaying flags representing the different branches of the military in downtown Mount Sterling. The goal, he said, is to have the flags installed in time for Veterans Day services on Nov. 11. Legion representatives plan to present plans at an upcoming council meeting.

Timmons also noted the Mount Sterling Community Museum, located in the lower level of Mount Sterling Public Library, is showcasing back-to-school memorabilia in its current exhibit.

The We Care Coalition, an affiliate of Madison County Prevention Services, is looking to host a community conversation in Mount Sterling this fall. Council approved the coalition’s use of town hall for the event, tentatively set for Oct. 7. The purpose of the event is to inform the public about prevention, treatment and support services for people working through substance use and mental health wellness issues.

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