Junk Notice/Ordinance

Junk & Junk Vehicles
The Eagle Grove Police Department would like to ask for the help of the citizens of Eagle Grove.  The goal is to focus on junk vehicles, and remove them from the city limits.   The Police Officers have been issuing notices If junk vehicles (see ordinance) are not removed, officers will be issuing citations.  Please help improve the looks of our town.

Chapter 51
Junk & Junk Vehicles

  1. Definitions. For use in this chapter, the following terms are defined
  2. Junk vehicle: means any vehicle legally placed in storage with the County Treasurer or unlicensed and which has any of the following characteristics:
  1. Broken Glass: Any vehicle with a broken or cracked windshield, window, headlight or tail light, or any other cracked or broken glass.
  2. Broken, Loose, or Missing Part: Any vehicle with a broken, loose, or missing fender, door, bumper, hood, steering wheel or trunk lid.
  3. Habitat for Nuisance Animals or Insects: Any vehicle which has become the habitat for rats, mice, snakes, or any other vermin or insects.
  4. Flammable Fuel. Any vehicle which contains gasoline or any other flammable fuel.
  5. Inoperable. Any motor vehicle which lacks an engine or two or more wheels or other structural parts, rendering said motor vehicle totally inoperable, or which cannot be moved under its own power or has not been used as an operating vehicle for a period of thirty (30) days or more.
  6. Defective or Obsolete Condition. Any other vehicle which, because of its defective or obsolete condition, in any other way constitutes a threat to the public health and safety. Mere licensing of such vehicle shall not constitute a defense to the finding that the vehicle is a junk vehicle.
3. “Vehicle” means every device in, upon, or by which a person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway or street, except devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks, and includes without limitation a motor vehicle, automobile, truck, recreational vehicle, motorcycle, tractor, buggy, wagon, trailer, farm machinery, bicycle, or any combination thereof.

It is unlawful for any person to store, accumulate, or allow to remain on any private property within the corporate limits of the City any junk or junk vehicle.

It is hereby declared that any junk or junk vehicle located upon private property, unless excepted by Section 51.04, constitutes a threat to the health and safety of the citizens and is a nuisance within the meaning of Section 657.1 of the Code of Iowa. If any junk or junk vehicle is kept upon private property in violation hereof, the owner of or person occupying the property upon which it is located shall be prima facie liable for said violation.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.12[3a])