City drops code violation charge against painted VW ‘Bug’

Photo by Kathryn Jones/GR Current

Photo by Kathryn Jones/GR Current

[updated with comments from Deidra Cockerham]

By Kathryn Jones


The City of Glen Rose has dropped its code violation charge against the painted Volkswagen “Bug,” meaning that the planter-art car can stay.

The Glen Rose Current received a tip on Tuesday afternoon about the city’s about-face. When the Current contacted City Administrator Ken West via email after city offices had closed, West confirmed the information.

The Current will follow up on Wednesday to find out why the city changed its stance. Previously, the city’s new Code Enforcement Officer, Ray Moody, had issued The Junkyard Dog, home of the Bug,  a warning of a code violation, saying the Bug violated the state’s and the city’s rules against junk vehicles.

Owners Michael and Deidra Cockerham planned to contest the charge at the April 2 municipal court.

Deidra Cockerham said Tuesday night that her husband received a call from Moody on Tuesday afternoon.

“They are dropping the charge for code violation,” she said. “We don’t have to go to court. We will have to present it to the Historical Society. But we are so happy.”

Cockerham added that she wanted to “thank everyone for their support, The Garden Club, friends and neighbors. Other businesses and friends on Facebook for their comments and support.

“Also a big thanks to Saul Garza of KDFW for his news piece on Fox 4.”

Garza and a cameraman visited Glen Rose last Wednesday to interview Cockerham and supporters of the Bug. His report aired on his weekly “What’s Buggin’ You?” segment on Channel 4 Fox News Monday night.

One of the conditions of the Bug’s reprieve is to  keep it maintained, Cockerham said.

She added that she thinks one reason the Bug was allowed to stay is that she painted it recently and she and others have filled it with flowers.


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

“I think that it all went well,” she said of the campaign to save the Bug. “It was nice to see pictures of Glen Rose on TV — the downtown and Fossil Rim. We need to be positive, not negative. All that’s good.”

Please check the Current on Wednesday for an update to this story.


4 Responses to City drops code violation charge against painted VW ‘Bug’

  1. Larry P. Smith Reply

    March 27, 2013 at 9:20 am

    The “Bug” has new plants and flowers. An updated photo would be great. Also, we should remember that Ray Moody has a job to do and ordinances to enforce. Whatever the reasoning behind the outcome, we are all winners! – Diedre and Michael; The Garden Club; Christi, who had the idea and followed through; all the other supporters and Ray,
    who was only doing his job and can, now, concentrate on other issues. Glen Rose is the big winner for we have received positive publicity with community fervor and some fun attached. Let`s continue to work together for a better Glen Rose and Somervell County.

  2. Darrell Best Reply

    March 26, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    glad you were able to get that tip, who ever gave it to you must be a great guy…lol

    • Kathryn Reply

      March 27, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      He’s really on top of things! I need to hire him…if I only had some $$! lol

    • Kathryn Reply

      March 27, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Seriously, thank you very much. I usually teach on Tuesdays, but I cancelled my classes because am still having stomach issues. Glad I was home when all this happened, though, so I could get it on the website. Thanks again!!

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