Wheel lock issue on county’s agenda

Published 10:39 pm Friday, March 19, 2010

A local resolution that could allow wheel-locking services in the county may take its next step at the Pike County Commission meeting Monday.

This comes after the Troy City Council gave the OK to send a resolution to the Alabama State Legislature, seeking the authorization that would allow local property owners to use wheel-locking services, which immobilizes vehicles.

Though many local apartment complexes currently use this service, the city attorney has deemed it’s not appropriate to do so without a state resolution given to the city of Troy.

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Kurt Henderson, who has a wheel-lock business, came before the council seeking this type of resolution in March 2008, when he was unable to obtain a “wheel locking” business license. Henderson has a current business license for a wrecker service, a service he said he performed up until about three years ago.

The council approved this ordinance at then, but there wasn’t enough time to make it through the Legislature before the session ended.

The same ordinance went through the steps in 2009 but again, did not pass in time.

The council approved the ordinance for the third time Feb. 24, but this year it will have to go through the Pike County Commission, the city says.

“I didn’t notice the countywide application until this time,” said Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford.

County Administrator Harry Sanders said the issue is under “new business” on the commission’s Monday night agenda. County Attorney Allen Jones said he received the resolution from the city this week, and the commission will take its first look at the proposal Monday.

If the bill met approval, then it would have to be advertised for four weeks before it makes it to the House, and with the session ending April 26, Rep. Alan Boothe, D-Troy, said the Legislature may run out of time.

“The problem is we are running out of time,” Boothe said.

Once a bill is introduced initially in the Legislature, Boothe said it takes about two weeks to pass, depending on the situation.

The commission meets in work session at 5:15 p.m. Monday in the county Health Department and at 6 p.m. in its regular meeting.