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Saipan mayor’s office to  impose fee on junk car removal

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SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang said his office will soon charge a fee when removing junk cars from villages.

“So they should take advantage of the program now,” he added.

Owners, moreover, should ensure that the location of their junk vehicles is accessible to the mayor’s office equipment, Apatang said.

As of Aug. 3, his field operation director Joann Aquino said they had removed 385 abandoned vehicles, mostly located on private property.

Of this number, 60 were tagged by the Saipan Zoning Office.

Aquino said 127 junk vehicles have yet to be removed from different villages of the island.

 These junk vehicles in Garapan were removed by the Saipan mayor’s office field personnel in June 2020. Contributed photo

She said in the past few months, the mayor’s office has received an additional 512 requests for junk vehicle removal.

“But some of the cars are not accessible — they are covered with overgrown vegetation and blocked by debris,” she added.

If the junk vehicles are located on government property, owners should notify the zoning office to tag the vehicles, she said.

If the vehicles are on private property, the owners can call the mayor’s office, she added.

Aquino said they remove junk vehicles on Mondays and Wednesdays only because they are using the same equipment to pick up trash on other days of the week.

She said they can also remove junk vehicles in the morning of each working day depending on the availability of equipment.

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