The City of Columbus will begin marketing the Inoperable Vehicle Abatement Program next week. Robin Hilber, with the city’s Office of Community Development, says that the city has already successfully piloted this program. She explains that Columbus paid the towing fee for two vehicles while the vehicle owner received the full scrap metal value of the vehicle, each about $200.

Columbus residents who are interested should call the Office of Community Development at (812) 376-2520. Those wishing to take part must have a clear title on the vehicle they wish to have scrapped. While there is no obligation to participate, city officials are reminding residents that the city council recently passed an Inoperable Vehicle Ordinance, which can result in fines for having unsightly, inoperable vehicles on private property.