Wednesday, February 14, 2007
I guess Allerton Iowa, population 500 or so, is a hotbed of demolition derby car fanatics. Why, who would ever have thought that driving junked cars around in an arena could spur such growth? It must the the proximity of Allerton to Lineville, where demolition drivers can find parts for their cars at the shop of the guy who disassembles old cars on a public street.
So, when the Allerton Town Council decided to vote on a new ordinance AND waive the 2nd and 3rd readings of the ordinance, sparks flew in the council room like a '78 Oldsmobile's flywheel after suffering a side hit from a '81 Monte Carlo.
Kenny Anderson, premier demo car driver, got upset, threw the ordinance on the table, and stormed out. Apparantly he was not happy that he had to register his demo cars and could not keep more than FIVE on his property during the demo car season of March 1 to October 1.
Ripped from the pages:
Council Member Heather Hackney made the motion to approve the first reading of the ordinance and waive the second and third readings, allowing the council to pass the ordinance that night. Anderson and Wes Deuling both protested waiving the final readings because not all derby participants could attend the meeting that night.
Not ALL derby participants could attend? How many demo derby drivers are in Allerton? I didn't know Allerton was the center of the demo car industry in Iowa! Move over Darlington South Carolina, here comes Allerton Iowa and the economic development of demo car driving!
OK, it sounds like I'm being mean, but here's the facts: In most civilized communities, you aren't allowed A junked car, much less FIVE at any time of the year. By allowing ANY junked cars to be parked in the city limits shows that the Allerton City Council doesn't give a rip about the appearance of the town. And, the fact that Anderson and Dueling are pissed off about the ordinance shows they understand little about the responsibilities of living in a community - you pay for extra services you don't get in the country, but you also have responsibilities to your neighbors not to devalue their property. Go find an abandoned farmstead and set up your demo car garage there, folks.
Now, I don't necessarily agree with waiving the 2nd and 3rd readings of the ordinance. But, that would have meant voting on it in April, just into the demo car season. Better to get this nipped in the bud now, I suppose.
I can't believe this is an issue of serious debate...