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BURLINGTON, N.C. --- Neighbors who are fed up with junk cars have a new outlet that could get the eyesores removed.

The city of Burlington takes calls for junk cars, high grass, and other nuisances on its’ hotline called Connecting Burlington Communities, or CBC for short.

Residents can call the hotline and leave information about the neighborhood nuisance. Callers can remain anonymous if they choose.

So far, more than 100 people have called to complain about junk cars around Burlington, according to the city's Assistant Director of Planning Services, David Beal.

"A lot of it is neighbors who may be frustrated. They may have been dealing with this for several years. There aware of this program that allows us to tow off of private property now and they're excited. They'd like to see something done about it."

Last year Burlington City Council passed an ordinance that allows the city to have junk cars towed from private property, but so far city employees have not used it.

"We have not towed a car yet," Beal explained. "We've had voluntary compliance. We explain the program to the people, explain what is expected of them to do with the car."

Code enforcement officers usually give people with junk cars two weeks to come into compliance. The program is driven by complaints only.

To make a complaint call the Connecting Burlington Communities Hotline at (336) 222-5024