Waveland Enforcing Rules On Heavy Equipment

Waveland city leaders say heavy equipment is causing some neighborhoods to look like parking lots these days.

Though back hoes, dump trucks and bulldozers have been important recovery tools, city ordinance prohibits commercial vehicles from parking in residential neighborhoods.

"Right after the storm we were in a state of emergency. It's now two years later, people are rebuilding. People parked whatever they could, where ever they could. And now were trying to get our city back to normal," Ward 1 Alderman Lili Stahler said.

Jimmy and Rhonda Pace own a bucket truck which they used to help build their guest house.

"I got home and we had a certified letter from the zoning commission saying that I had to move my trucks right now," Rhonda Pace said. "We don't have no where to put the trucks. I'm out of town. We're not doing business at the home."

The Paces plan to use the truck again when they start building the main house which, like most everything in Waveland, must be elevated.

"I would understand if we had homes around here and the yards were manicured... yes, we would need to get it out of the way. But there's nobody right here in this area," Pace said.

City leaders say they have received complaints from people who've cleaned up and rebuilt. They're worried that idle construction trucks will become eyesores and bring down property values.

"We're only acting on complaints. We don't have the manpower, nor are we trying to pick on people, but we have to enforce our ordinances," Stahler said.

"I don't think this truck is hurting any more than all this tall weeds and grass and snakes in the area that are starting to come out now. We just need a little more time. It's just taking a lot of time to get things back together," Pace said.

Anyone found in violation of the city's ordinance could be fined up to $100 a day, and possibly spend time in jail.

The Paces say they will comply, but wish city leaders would have more leniency with people trying to rebuild.