City of McCamey Wants Their Residents to Throw Out Junk Cars in Free Roundup

City of McCamey Wants Their Residents to Throw Out Junk Cars in Free Roundup

Anum Valliani

NewsWest 9

MCCAMEY - It's spring cleaning time, and for the City of McCamey, that means clearing out the eyesores. Officials said they've been receiving complaints about all the junk cars, broken toys and other useless or unusable items in people's front lawns.

"We don't need this!" McCamey Mayor, Sherry Phillips, said. "They don't make good decorations for your yard. Trust me. We've got to get rid of them. We've got to clean up our town. We want it to look becoming for people to come into our community and you can't do that with a bunch of junk cars sitting in your yard."

So members in a collaborative project by the City and the McCamey Operation Pride or MOP are helping people get rid of their out of service and unregistered cars throughout the month for free.

According to a Alicia Sanchez, who's a MOP member and a director at the McCamey Economic Development Corporation, they will start knocking on doors, handing out flyers and bombarding people with the opportunity she describes as a win-win.

It's not just the cars they're wanting.

"You have all these old appliances sitting around, washing machines and refrigerators, they break down and then what do you do with them? They're not really good for planting flowers," Phillips said.

Instead the city wants to haul them away for free. They have a worker to lug the collection off to Fort Stockton, where we're told he'll scrap for parts to sell. 

Residents like Cody Salinas thinks it's a good idea, "because you've got people that look like hoarders with like ten cars that don't run and they're gonna let them sit there and rot." But he said his property could get cleaned up a bit too. He pointed out a car and some other items that he might request to have taken off his hands.

Salinas also said there's the safety angle.

"It's West Texas. There could be a rattlesnake and a kid could go play and get bit and for what, a broken toy or something. Nah," he shook his head.

The city did a similar program four years ago where they rolled out nearly 100 cars, but that was during a two month span, according to the city services manager, Ramon Venegas.

"Right now, it's kind of slow. But we wanted to see it one month at a time and see how it goes from there," Venegas said.

But city officials have added an extra incentive, this one more of a word of caution. They amended an ordinance Monday that calls for registration on all cars to be current, otherwise, starting in June, citizens will be fined.

Anyone interested in participating in the program has to fill out a form at City Hall.