On Thursday, city council members described the half car as a “junk motor vehicle nuisance” and said it violated city code.
However, plenty of supporters showed up to the meeting to voice their concerns about moving what they called a local landmark.
“When I grow up and have kids and come back, I want to show them the half car and go, ‘This has been here for my life and made me laugh,’” explained a young girl who spoke during the public comments segment.
Several people said there was no need to move the half car from its current site.
“The owner of the vehicle keeps it mowed and it’s not trashy around it,” explained one resident. “I think it’s very entertaining.”’
Support for the half car was also seen in other ways on Thursday.
An online petition calling to preserve the half car garnered over 2,000 signatures as of Thursday night.
The creator of the petition spoke at the meeting and said the amount of signers showed the significance of the half car.
“The supporters in Edgerton who signed the petition that says, ‘I want this car to stay and be a memorial or monument,’ outnumber the people that voted for the two major candidates for mayor,” the woman said.
A group of residents also brought homemade signs to the meeting in support of the half car.
Despite the support, City Council voted unanimously that the half car violates city code.
Under the terms of the decision, the car must be moved indoors by May 7th.
Following the meeting, the owner of the property told 41 Action News that he hoped to make the half car a part of a monument in Edgerton.
“I didn’t realize the heritage I was buying into with the property,” property owner Danny O’Neal explained. “There’s something thats going to happen in the future. We’re going to see and keep our fingers crossed.”