City administrator says painted ‘Bug’ now compliant, but must be maintained

The Bug sports its bright new paint job and pots of spring flowers. Photo by Kathryn Jones/GR Current

The Bug sports its bright new paint job and pots of spring flowers. Photo by Kathryn Jones/GR Current

By Kathryn Jones

Editor

The City of Glen Rose dropped its code violation warning against the painted Volkswagen “Bug” because its recent improvements mean it is no longer a “public nuisance,” City Administrator Ken West said Wednesday.

Co-owner of The Junkyard Dog Deidra Cockerham recently repainted the “Bug” outside the shop’s building. West said that other factors, such as standing water inside the car and broken glass around it — also have been addressed.

City Code Enforcement Officer Ray Moody in January issued a warning to the Cockerhams that the Bug violated city code and a state law against junk vehicle.  An official code violation ticket was never issued, West said.

“They spruced up and painted and put flowers in the car and then Channel 4 comes out and takes a look,” West said, referring to Fox News reporter Saul Garza’s trip to Glen Rose last Wednesday to interview Cockerham and others about the city’s warning that the Bug would have to brought into compliance or removed. His “What’s Buggin’ You?” segment aired Monday night. Afterward, dozens of viewers posted positive comments on the Current’s, the Junkyard Dog’s and Channel 4′s Facebook sites.

West added that the decision not to take action against the Bug for code violation was prompted by those recent improvements to the Beetle and an upcoming municipal court session, not because of Channel 4′s story or other publicity.

The Cockerhams were planning to appeal to Municipal Court Judge Mickey Garrett on April 1 to let the Bug stay.

Moody recently met with the attorney who represents the city in municipal court. West said that the two talked about options and decided that that since the Cockerhams cleaned up the Bug, got rid of standing water that was a mosquito hazard and removed glass around the car, “it doesn’t constitute a public nuisance anymore.”

West called the decision a “win-win for everybody.”

“They get what they wanted and we get what we wanted,” West said.

Moody is preparing a letter informing the Cockerhams that they will need to fill out some paperwork, agree to keep the Bug maintained and get approval from the city’s Preservation Board.

“It never approved it,” West said.

Cockerham said that she wanted to thank the Glen Rose Garden Club, friends and neighbors, other businesses and friends on Facebook for their comments and support.

She said she is considering what to do with The Junkyard Dog and may open it several weekends a month and possibly rent space to other vendors.

 

 

 

One Response to City administrator says painted ‘Bug’ now compliant, but must be maintained

  1. Larry P. Smith Reply

    March 27, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    The new photo looks great. It is even better since the flowers were raised a little more. They were protected from the Monday night freeze and replaced Tuesday morning.

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