Pasadena City Council has passed an ordinance revision regarding junk vehicles that broadly changes how these vehicles are handled by City code enforcement. Since the changes depart in significant ways from previous enforcement, those who own vehicles that might be affected will want to familiarize themselves with the new regulations.
In general terms, the biggest change has to do with these vehicles being declared a public nuisance. That designation means the disposal of these cars, trucks, boats and even junk airplanes are authorized under the Texas Transportation Code. While the complete list of changes are extensive, those of most importance to owners of vehicles that potentially may be affected may be summed up by the following.
Vehicles that are covered under the amended ordinance are:
- passenger cars, trucks, watercraft, aircraft and motor driven or propelled vehicles requiring state registration;
- trailers/semi trailers of 4,000 pounds weight or more;
- travel trailers;
- ATVs (even if not required to be registered); and,
- motorcycles or mopeds not required to be registered.
The above listed vehicles must be inoperable for 72 hours on public property or 30 consecutive days on private property and display an expired license plate or no license plate. Such vehicles are now declared a public nuisance.
A code compliance officer must give not less than 10 days written notice (by personal delivery, certified mail or signature confirmation service) of the public nuisance stating the nuisance must be abated no later than the 10th day after the notice has been delivered. If the address of the last owner is unknown, a notice of public nuisance may be posted on the vehicle itself.
An owner of a vehicle declared a public nuisance may request a public hearing in municipal court no earlier than the 11th day after the date of notice when the request for a hearing is made during the 10-day abatement period. Upon a court finding a public nuisance exists, an order shall be entered for removal of the vehicle with appropriate identification of vehicle, watercraft or aircraft.
If an owner fails to comply with the abatement notice and fails or refuses to comply with a court order, a code compliance officer will arrange for the removal and demolition/disposal of the vehicle. It is important to note that when the vehicle has been removed due to inaction on the part of the owner, no further delay in the scrapping of the vehicle will take place. In essence, when it leaves the property or public space it is on a one-way trip to the scrap heap.
As part of the process, the Texas State Dept. of Highways and Public Transportation will be notified of the vehicle removal and a request will be made to cancel the certificate of title.
This ordinance does not apply to vehicle(s) in a completely enclosed building and not visible from the street or other public or private property. Affected vehicle owners should note that if a junk vehicle is moved from a driveway, for example, to a back yard, this does not eliminate the problem if the vehicle can be seen from a street or other public or private property. Merely covering a junk vehicle with a cloth or tarp will no longer exempt the vehicle from being declared a nuisance.
In addition to the forced abatement of any vehicle found to be a public nuisance, violations of this revised code may be punishable by a fine not to exceed $200.
The City of Pasadena will host a historical festival this Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heritage Park & Museum (204 South Main). The event is called Stroll Down Memory Lane, and admission is free.
Thanks to a partnership with corporate sponsor, Texan Plus, this year’s event has been expanded to offer more fun for the whole family. Barbeque and soft drinks will be sold, and there will be 25 vendor booths, including some local artists who will be hosting demonstrations and selling their art. One of the featured artists who will be painting on-site at the festival is Ken Pridgeon, widely known for his paintings of the fallen soldiers of Texas.
Pasadena’s oldest fire engine, “Old Betsy,” will be on display during the festival, along with a horse buggy from 1910. All five of the historic homes in the park will be open, with extensive displays of photos, scrapbooks and memorabilia.
In addition, kids can enjoy bouncing on a moon walk, taking pictures in the photo booth and meeting a fire dog. There are a variety of entertainers performing throughout the day, including the Silver Star Senior Tappers, line dancers from the Madison Jobe Senior Center, and several singers and bands. The Master of Ceremonies will be Jim Adkins, and the Mistress of Ceremonies will be Ms. Edna Pierce, who is the museum’s curator.
Pierce has made it her life’s mission to preserve Pasadena’s history and hopes that this year’s Stroll Down Memory Lane will help get even more people in the community involved in helping with that goal.
“We hope to raise money to make repairs on the museum buildings and possibly build a new visitor center that can house the old carriage and perhaps some children’s interactive exhibits,” Pierce said. “Our heritage is so important. It is part of who we are; it is our identity.”
The largest battle reenactment in the state is the centerpiece of the admission-free San Jacinto Day Festival, held on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the grounds surrounding the San Jacinto Monument. The reenactment recreates the events leading up to Texas winning its independence from Mexico 179 years ago at the decisive Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. It also caps the 75th anniversary of the opening of the San Jacinto Monument and Museum.
The festival is a full day of entertainment, vendors, food, family activities, cultural exhibitors, games and fun set amidst living history: music and dancing on two stages featuring flamenco dancers, square dancers and much more; 25+ food vendors; make-and-take activities and crafts for children; children’s trackless train; petting zoo; chuck wagon; medicine wagon show; birds of prey; quilters, weavers, spinners, blacksmiths and other demonstrators; and dozens of unique hand-crafted items for sale.
New entertainment includes mechanical bull rides, “All Star” Youth Banjo Band, pony and camel rides, Mixteco Ballet Folklorico, Amber & The Rascals playing music “from many decades,” and live exhibits from the Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center/Baytown Nature Center.
For complete information on this historic--and historical--event, click here
Armand Bayou Nature Center, Sundays In Nature: Earth Day
Sunday April 19, 2015
12 noon to 5pm, last admission at 4pm
8500 Bay Area Blvd.
Free Admission to the most beautiful nature spot in Pasadena, courtesy of Dow Chemical Deer Park. Enjoy presentations every hour covering a variety of topics from prairie preservation to beautiful aquatic habitats, or take a hike down forest trails and tour the picturesque Martyn Farm. For more information visit www.ABNC.org
7th Annual Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off and Recycling Fair
PSRI and the City of Pasadena
Wednesday April 22, 2015
PRSI’s West Plant Parking Lot
Pasadena Citizens can drop off:
Recycling: wood, paper, newspaper, phone books, cardboard, clean plastic bottles, metal, computers (2 per household), tires, batteries (lead acid/ Ni cad-no broken batteries).
Hazardous items to be accepted: Paint waste materials, fluorescent lamps aerosol cans (no herbicides or pesticides), used oils, drained oil filters.
For More information, call Alisa White at (713) 920-4176 or Luz Locke (713) 475-7264 for Spanish.
Rain Barrel Workshop
Saturday, April 25, 2015
9:30 am - 11:30am
O’Dell Harrison Recreation Center Pasadena, TX
To register, visit www.galvbay.org/
. Rainbarrel Pre-registration with advanced payment required. All purchases are final and workshop attendance is required to receive rain barrel kit.
Buy-1-Get-1 Free for Pasadena residents!
Questions? Contact Neally Rhea at 281-332-3381 x220 or email email@example.com
An implosion is scheduled for Sunday, April 12 at 10 a.m. at the AES Deepwater plant, located at 701 Light Company Road along the Houston Ship Channel. A 475-ft. industrial chimney and decommissioned power production plant building are both scheduled for demolition at this time, but may be delayed due to weather conditions.
People in the area can expect to hear multiple blasts and see a cloud of dust and debris. There are no hazardous particles or residue in either of the structures being imploded, and efforts will be made to minimize the dispersion. Viewing of the implosion is strongly discouraged.
Temporary road closures will be in effect on Sunday from 6 a.m. to noon at the following locations:
- Glasgow St. at 225 Feeder
- Blackwell St. at 225 Feeder
- Park St. at the 225 Feeder
- Light Company Rd. at 225 Feeder
- Shaw Ave. at Richey St.
- Shaw Ave. at Light Company Rd.
- North Richey access at the railroad track
- Dead end at the north end of Blackwell St.
In addition, the section of SH-225 from Red Bluff to Allen Genoa will be closed briefly (less than 10 minutes) around the time of the implosion.
For more information about the demolition project, residents can call (800) 379-0643, which is a dedicated number established by AES for questions, and leave a detailed message.
Information about the project will be posted on the City of Pasadena's website at www.ci.pasadena.tx.us
as well as on the City's social media pages (www.facebook.com/pasadenatexas
. Updates on the project will be available on the Community Awareness Emergency Response (CAER) line at (281) 476-2237.
April is Fair Housing Awareness month, showcasing the City's commitment to promote Fair Housing Month and to undertake Fair Housing Activities through its poster campaign in public buildings.
The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children.
The Fair Housing Act has been instrumental in helping eliminate unacceptable patterns of housing discrimination such as:
- Refusal to sell or rent a dwelling to any person because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
- Discrimination based on race, color, religion or national origin in the terms, conditions or privilege of the sale or rental of a dwelling.
- Advertising the sale or rental of a dwelling indicating preference of discrimination based on race, color, religion or national origin.
- Coercing, threatening, intimidating, or interfering with a person's enjoyment or exercise of housing rights based on discriminatory reasons or retaliating against a person or organization that aids or encourages the exercise or enjoyment of fair housing rights.
You can learn more about the topic of housing discrimination at the HUD website portal at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/topics/housing_discrimination
Contact the HUD Hotline number at 1-888-560-8913 or City of Pasadena Community Development Department at 713-475-7294. You may also contact the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at:
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Houston Field Office
1301 Fannin, Suite 2200
Houston, TX 77021
Or if you prefer to correspond with local housing administrators, you may contact them at:
Community Development Department
ATTN: Fair Housing
City of Pasadena, Texas
P.O. Box 672
Pasadena, TX 77501
The HUD website portal has information on a number of housing-related topics, including:
- File A Housing Discrimination Complaint
- Section 3 Economic Opportunity
- Section 3 Business Registry
- FHEO Disaster Resources
- My Fair Housing Rights
- Limited English Proficiency
- Apply for a Grant
Find these and other topics at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp
All City facilities will be closed on Friday, April 3 for Good Friday. This includes City Hall, Water Billing, all recreation centers and other City facilities. Both library locations will also be closed Saturday, April 4.
There will not be any City garbage collection on Friday, but for residents serviced by Waste Management, trash pick-up will continue on its normal schedule.
All emergency response services will remain available as usual.
All City facilities will resume normal hours of operation on Monday, April 6.