Waveland faces complaints about heavy equipment sitting around

Published 6:42 pm Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Two years after Hurricane Katrina, Waveland city leaders say they’re worried that idle construction trucks will become eyesores and bring down property values.

Though back hoes, dump trucks and bulldozers have been important recovery tools, city ordinance prohibits commercial vehicles from parking in residential neighborhoods.

“Right after the storm we were in a state of emergency. It’s now two years later, people are rebuilding,” Alderman Lili Stahler told WLOX-TV. “People parked whatever they could, where ever they could. And now were trying to get our city back to normal.”

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Jimmy and Rhonda Pace own a bucket truck that they used to help build their guest house.

“I got home and we had a certified letter from the zoning commission saying that I had to move my trucks right now,” Rhonda Pace said. “We don’t have nowhere to put the trucks. I’m out of town. We’re not doing business at the home.”

The Paces plan to use the truck again when they start building the main house which, like almost everything in Waveland, must be elevated.

“I would understand if we had homes around here and the yards were manicured … yes, we would need to get it out of the way. But there’s nobody right here in this area,” Rhonda Pace said.

City leaders say they have received complaints from people who have cleaned up and rebuilt.

“We’re only acting on complaints. We don’t have the manpower, nor are we trying to pick on people, but we have to enforce our ordinances,” Stahler said.

Anyone found violating the city ordinance could be fined up to $100 a day, and possibly spend time in jail.