Findlay Council is considering changes to the citys rules on junk vehicles and tall weeds in an effort to improve enforcement.

Council gave a first reading to an ordinance tonight that would amend the city’s rules to include several conditions that would deem a vehicle to be a public nuisance.

The new rules would also give the city service director authority to cut and destroy weeds over 6 inches tall. Current rules do not set a height restriction on weeds.

Mayor Lydia Mihalik told council the changes will made it easier to deal with nuisance complaints.

City code already makes it unlawful to store a vehicle no longer fit for use on any outside lot in Findlay.

The recommended changes would further define a junk vehicle as meeting any one of the following criteria: without a valid registration or license plate; without fully inflated tires, or with any other types of supports under it; substantially damaged or missing windshield, door, motor, transmission or similar major part; incapable of moving under its own power; abandoned; or primarily being used for storage.

An attempt to bypass councils three-reading rule on the changes failed.

The proposed rule changes on junk vehicles and tall weeds come at a time when council is also considering legislation that would establish design standards for updates made to downtown buildings, as part of the citys zoning code.

The district for the design standards would stretch from just north of Center Street to Lima Avenue on Findlays Main Street, and would reach just past Hurd Avenue to the west and Factory Street to the east.

The new rules would only apply to existing nonresidential properties, mixed-use properties, and residential properties with four or more units.

Once the rules are approved by council, any new structures would be subject to the standards, regardless of use.

Under the new zoning, any changes made to a downtown building would require a permit and be subject to review by a board.

Council gave a second reading to the downtown design standards tonight.

Courier reporter Denise Grant is developing this story.