Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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August 11, 2011

Council will declare impounded vehicles surplus

Vienna — Council members here Monday night granted Police Chief Jamey Reed the right to declare impounded vehicles surplus and sell them at auction.

Reed said that many of the vehicles have been at the impound facility since before he came to the department; most, if not all of them, likely do not even run. “There are no titles on the vehicles impounded making it impossible to sell them,” he explained.

“In order to sell the vehicles, we would have to go through the Superior Court,” said Reed. “We would have to do this separately for each vehicle to obtain ownership which probably would cost more than we are likely to get from the sale of the vehicles.”

Reed recommended that the impound lot be declared a short-term facility. This means that cars that have been impounded three or more years can be declared surplus and disposed of. Reed said that a local towing company could take charge of the vehicles.

This is the least expensive way to handle the situation, he assured council.

Council members agreed to designate the impound lot as a short-term facility and to allow a towing company to take charge of those vehicles that are there long enough to be declared surplus.

Janet Joiner updated council on community development. She told the board  that the city’s resurfacing requests are due on August 15.

She asked if any other streets need to be added to the list or if last year’s list is sufficient. No one mentioned any streets needing to be added, and the list was approved by Council.

Also on the agenda:

• Council entered into an agreement with Harpe & Associates regarding the natural gas training for the city’s natural gas department workers.

• Reviewed a written report from Kathryn Braxton of Keep Vienna Beautiful.

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