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Council Approves Junk Car Program

While it may not leave every surface along East End Road or on the Spit with a bright shine, Homer’s junk car program could at least eliminate a few side-of-the-road rust buckets.

The Homer City Council passed an ordinance at Monday’s meeting that would put aside $15,000 for the removal of junk cars. Of that $15,000, $10,000 will come from money leftover from 2009 revenues that hasn’t been used in the 2010 budget. The other $5,000 will come from planning reserves.

With that cash, the city will drain the fluid and dispose of one junk car per family on a first-come, first-served basis, possibly during the spring community cleanup May 1.

Currently, the cost of removing fluids and the battery from a junk car is about $150, and the total cost of disposal is about $300 to the individual.

Borough taxpayers pay the cost of crushing, transporting, storing and transporting the cars to Anchorage.

The council had asked city staff to have a second look at the budget to see if the $15,000 could be patched together from cutting small amounts in different areas.

Homer’s City Manager Walt Wrede explained that with a budget as lean as 2010′s there really was not much fat left to be cut from the bone.

“We really couldn’t find much because those budgets are pretty lean. The other problem with borrowing from line items this early in the year is that we’re only a couple of months into the budgeting year and if we are overrunning line items now then we’re in trouble,” said Wrede.

The council hopes to continue the program over the coming years as a service, but is hoping to find alternative methods of funding.

City staff continues to look for grants that would apply to the junk car program, though City Planner Rick Abboud said none had been found as of yet.

Abboud also noted in his memo that accumulated junk cars reduce property values, are potentially hazardous to the environment, are often eyesores and cause substantial work not just for Planning and Zoning, but also for Port and Harbor personnel with derelict vehicles on port property and the Police Department, which is responsible for citations and dealing with abandoned vehicles.

Juneau runs a similar junk car program, and disposes of around 800 junk cars annually. Nearly $180,000 of the total $417,000 budget comes from a motor vehicle registration tax.

Juneau budgets about $425 per vehicle for fluid removal and for shipping.

Homer’s take of the motor vehicle registration tax, nearly $62,000, goes into the general fund.

Council member Kevin Hogan was not certain that the city had any responsibility to deal with abandoned or junk cars owned privately.

“I’m not sure why the city is taking on this responsibility. It seems like it should be the citizen’s responsibility to dispose of their junk. I’m not sure that it’s appropriate to use city money to deal with a private problem,” said Hogan.

Hogan was the only council member to oppose the program in the roll call vote.
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Canadians prefer cars to sex, junk food

Many Canadians say they would forgo sex, credit cards or junk food before giving up their cars. (iStock)
Canadians are so attached to their vehicles that many say they would forgo sex, television, junk food or credit cards before giving up driving.

The survey conducted by the World Wildlife Fund underscores the challenge of promoting alternative forms of transportation as a means of helping the environment.

The WWF said 78 per cent of Canadians know driving has a negative impact on the environment, yet only one per cent would be willing to give up their cars.

“If every Canadian left their car at home just one day a week, we would save about 4.86 million tones of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking about 800,000 cars off the road for a year,” said Gerald Butts, the president and CEO of WWF Canada.

The World Wildlife Fund is launching a campaign to encourage Canadians to try other forms of transportation, such as public transit, bicycling or walking.

“No matter where we live in Canada, we can all find ways to reduce our dependency on cars — to save money, improve our health and help the planet,” Butts said.

In Canada, transportation accounts for 30 per cent of greenhouse gasses.

According to the Canadian Automobile Association, driving is also hard on the pocketbook, with a mid-sized sedan costing an average of $8,440 in fuel, maintenance and other operating costs. Driving a minivan costs more than $11,200.

The WWF survey found that 76 per cent of Canadians say they would drive even if they could walk, bike or take public transit to their destination.

Canadians are being asked to try alternatives to driving during the week of May 31 to June 6.

The survey was conducted by Research House on behalf of the WWF between April 16 and 21, with 2002 adults surveyed. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.19 per cent 19 times out of 20.

Cash for junk cars

Effective Ways to Dispose your Car: Sell it to a Scrap Car Collection Company

scrap car removalPeople often get the misconception that car collection companies only deal with completely junk cars. What people ought to know is that car collection companies also buy damaged and inoperable vehicles that can still be repaired so that they can re-sell it in the market. Another thing they do with these cars is they dismantle them and carefully extract any valuable parts worth selling that are still in good condition.

scrap car removalHow would you know if you should sell your car to a car collection company? Simple. If the cost for repairs on your car is already more than the total worth of your car, you should consider selling it to a car salvage company. There are a lot of online guides that can help you determine the worth of your car, or you can also ask a mechanic to evaluate your car’s value for you.

Now, once you make the decision to sell your car, it is important that you find a renowned car salvage or scrap car collection company to get the best out of your junk car. cash for junk carsOne thing you need to know is that a renowned scrap car collection company is registered under the Environment Protection Act of 1990. This means that these companies ensure effective disposal of the cars so that the disposal process is environmentally friendly.

Disposing off cars through a renowned scrap car collection company is best for people who have cars that won’t run anymore. Only a few, if not nobody wants to buy a car that can’t run anymore and this is where car collection companies comes in. Renowned scrap car collection companies offer a fair deal of cash for the worth of your junk car. They don’t take unfair advantage of their customers but rather provide an honest compensation to them.

scrap car removalDealing with a scrap car collection company is relatively easy. All you need to do is find a renowned car collection company online. You will then need to fill-up a form with the details of the car you are selling. Once this is done, the company will contact you so that they can negotiate a price for your vehicle. They will then remove the car for you for free and pay cash for your car upon collection of your vehicle.

So as you can see, selling your car to a scrap car company not only ensures proper and effective disposal of your junk car, it also provides you with a proper compensation in getting rid of your junk car.