County OKs legal action if junk cars are not removed

Mesa County commissioners agreed Tuesday to take legal action against a Redlands property owner if she doesn’t remove several unregistered, inoperable vehicles from her land by Aug 1.

Under a compliance plan unanimously approved by the board, Mary Ann Hullinger has until the beginning of next month to get rid of four vehicles on her property at 2104 Sequoia Road.

Tony Piotrowski, county code-enforcement officer, told commissioners that officers have worked with Hullinger for more than two years to get her to comply with the county’s land-development code.

The code forbids property owners from operating junk yards or keeping junk in residential areas.

The county received four written complaints in 2008 about the Hullinger property. Officers visited the property and found five unregistered and inoperable vehicles, along with several areas of garbage and junk.

Hullinger agreed to a compliance plan that year, but after the county received additional complaints, officers returned to the site and saw the vehicles and junk remained, Piotrowski said.

The county issued Hullinger a notice of violation June 4, prompting her to submit a second compliance plan. Piotrowski said the family brought in a roll-off Dumpster and cleaned up the property.

Piotrowski said he visited the Hullingers’ home Tuesday morning prior to the public hearing and found that all of the junk and garbage had been removed. The only outstanding issue is four unregistered vehicles remain on the property.

“Short of compliance, we have what I feel is a workable compliance plan,” Piotrowski said.

Commissioner Janet Rowland noted that even though progress has been made to clean up the property, the county should be prepared to take legal action, noting Hullinger failed to follow through on the 2008 compliance plan.

“Clearly there has been some progress made, and that’s a good thing,” Rowland said.

Hullinger, who showed up at the end of the hearing, became emotional when addressing the commissioners.

“Everything is progressing,” she said. “Everything is cleaned up.”


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