Junked Vehicle Story Generates Many Calls, Demands for Action

Calls to the Planning Commission Office in response to last week’s Examiner story about work on zoning concerning junked and abandoned vehicles identified many locations with junked vehicles. One area that was cited as particularly egregious was this yard with dozens of inoperative and unlicensed cars along Dover Fort Run Road near Moorefield.

By Lon Anderson
Moorefield Examiner

Junked vehicles in Hardy County are a hot topic. Just ask County Planner Melissa Scott. Last week’s Examiner reported on the Hardy County Planning Commission’s deliberations about salvage yards and junked vehicles as the Commission continues its efforts to update its zoning ordinances.

That story started the phones in the Planning Office ringing. And the callers were not complaining about the possibility of more regulations. Nope. They were calling to report abandoned/junked vehicles, and demanding something be done.

“I’ve gotten some really interesting stuff,” Scott reported, “including aerial photos… Two of the calls,” she said, “were actually about people bringing in (to the County) more junked cars.”

“Another was about a vehicle in the flood plain,” she continued, “which can be a really big issue. One vehicle can easily contain five to 10 gallons of fluids—brake, steering, oil, transmission, gasoline—that will eventually seep into the ground. One gallon of gas, she explained, can pollute as much as 750,000 gallons of drinking water.”

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