Town of Pulaski issues statement on vans, other inoperable vehicles

Town of Pulaski issues statement on vans, other inoperable vehicles

The Town of Pulaski issued this statement Tuesday afternoon:

The town has been towing inoperable vans from two locations for the past 18 months as part of our uniform code enforcement program. Regrettably, this effort has not been successful in abating the code violation as the property owners have paid for towing costs and then returned the vans to those sites.

The property owners also filed suit against the town claiming that the town’s enforcement actions violated their constitutional rights.  The property owners sought an emergency injunction to prohibit the town from continuing to tow inoperable vans from the sites.

As a result, the town has been engaged in a lengthy court process for nearly a year to defend its right to tow these vehicles.

On March 11, 2022 the local Circuit Court denied the injunction request and noted that the town “acted reasonably and rationally and fairly and appropriately under the law” in its enforcement actions.

Going forward, the Town will continue to tow inoperable vehicles from those properties until those properties are brought into compliance with the town’s inoperable vehicle ordinances, as applied consistently throughout the town.

Furthermore, the Town will continue to take other lawful enforcement actions until those properties are brought into compliance with the Town’s zoning ordinances, as applied consistently throughout the town.

The town likewise will take similar actions against other properties and property owners who are not in compliance with town code ordinances.