- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Mason City’s council has postponed action on a proposed ordinance that would allow police to impound vehicles for any one of 10 violations, including certain misdemeanors.

The Globe Gazette (https://bit.ly/1O8SXgE ) reports that the proposal was held Tuesday so a workshop session could be held to fix some lingering issues.

“There are things we may need to clean up a little bit,” said Councilman Travis Hickey.

Under the currently proposal, some of the violations that could lead to an impounded vehicle include being without proof of insurance or having a suspended license, both of which are misdemeanors. Other actionable violations include possessing or transporting stolen property, being under the influence of alcohol or drugs and committing a weapons offense.

Councilman John Lee said that citizens are concerned some misdemeanors do not warrant having a vehicle impounded. He also points out that the local police chief and city administrator have expressed concerns about the list of actionable offenses.

Councilman Alex Kuhn said he is in favor of the workshop.

“Public safety is our number one issue. I don’t want to shoot this down on first reading,” he said.

Violators would have to pay $250 to get their vehicles back.


Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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