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Vehicle registrations a topic of concern at Laughlin constable’s meeting

February 3, 2017 GMT

LAUGHLIN — Laughlin Constable Jordan Ross’ quarterly meeting focused on parking and automobile registration issues and code enforcement.

Much of the conversation was about what the constable does and doesn’t do. Ross told residents who attended that, in essence, his job is about addressing issues that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department doesn’t have time to focus on because it has larger issues to address.

Ross opened with a tribute to the show “Seinfield.” He said the group was celebrating “Festivus” which is a fake holiday on the television show allowing people to air their various grievances. The meeting was meant to allow residents to air their grievances about a variety of topics from around Laughlin, ask questions about certain ordinances and laws, and find out what duties he does perform.

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There was a question about a parked vehicle that may be creating a safety hazard for drivers. Ross said that by the letter of the law, a person has three days before the vehicle can be towed but this depends on where the vehicle is parked and other considerations can be taken into account. He discussed how size of vehicle and where it’s parked influence how the situation is handled; a car parked in front of a person’s house is not likely to be considered abandoned but a vehicle on Bruce Woodbury Drive — not in a residential area — would be.

There was a question regarding vehicle registration and how there are many out of state license plates. Ross talked about Fair Share legislation addressing motorists trying to skip out on paying their fair share of vehicle registration fees but said it was unevenly enforced.

He said he is writing some legislation to address those concerns so that during this legislative term it can be approved by state legislators.

Vehicle identification number inspections and notary are among services the constable’s office provides, Ross said. He said that while he has fielded a wide range of other questions in his six years as constable, he frequently receives barking dog complaints. Those fall under code enforcement.

Ross said he’s open to hearing about complaints or concerns about any level of government — local, state or federal. Though he may not be able to help directly, he may be able to point residents in the right direction or serve as a connection. Government is either intimidating or bewildering to many so wherever or whenever he can help, he’s happy to do so, he added.