Township of Carneys Point, NJ
Salem County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Carneys Point: Art. I, 6-14-1965 as Ord. No. 177; Art. II, 12-12-1973 as Ord. No. 248. Sections 200-8 and 200-14 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 204.
Zoning — See Ch. 212.
[Adopted 6-14-1965 as Ord. No. 177]

§ 200-1 Definitions.

The following terms, phrases and words as used in and for the purposes of this Article shall be deemed to have the following meanings:
ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLE
Any vehicle propelled otherwise than by muscular power, except such vehicles as run only upon rails or tracks, found in any public street, highway or lands and not bearing current registration plates or, if bearing current registration plates, remaining stationary and unused on the public street, highway or lands for more than 14 days consecutively.
PERSON
Any individual, firm or corporation being the owner or other person having any legal right in, of or to an abandoned motor vehicle.
POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Police Department of the Township of Carneys Point.

§ 200-2 Declaration of public policy.

It is hereby declared and determined that the public policy of the Township of Carneys Point is to prevent the unsightly and unsafe conditions upon the public streets, highways and other public lands that result from abandonment of motor vehicles thereon.

§ 200-3 Abandonment prohibited.

No person shall abandon a motor vehicle upon the public streets, highways and lands in the Township of Carneys Point.

§ 200-4 Removal.

All abandoned motor vehicles shall be taken in possession by the Police Department and removed to a storage place designated by the Township Committee of the Township of Carneys Point.

§ 200-5 Sale procedures.

Upon the taking into possession of an abandoned motor vehicle, the Police Department shall follow the procedures established by Title 39, Chapter 10A, of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey to sell such abandoned motor vehicles at public auction.

§ 200-6 Special agent.

The Township Committee of the Township of Carneys Point may, by resolution, designate a special agent or representative of the Township of Carneys Point for the purpose of collecting abandoned motor vehicles in the Township of Carneys Point, and such special agent or representative shall post a bond in such amount as established by the Township Committee of the Township of Carneys Point for the faithful performance of his duties.

§ 200-7 Storage and disassembly.

The Township Committee of the Township of Carneys Point may, by resolution, grant permission to any person purchasing abandoned motor vehicles at public auction in the Township of Carneys Point pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:10A-1 et seq. to store the vehicles so purchased and to disassemble the same if desired by such purchaser on a site located in the Township of Carneys Point, provided that such site is approved by the Township Committee of the Township of Carneys Point, and further provided that such purchaser shall remove all such motor vehicles so purchased from the Township of Carneys Point not later than 90 days from the date of the public sale at which he purchased the same. Any person granted permission to store and disassemble such motor vehicle under the provisions of this Article shall post a bond with the Township of Carneys Point in such amount as the Township Committee shall establish for the faithful performance of his obligations hereunder and to guarantee the performance of any special terms and conditions which the Township Committee may, by resolution, fix.

§ 200-8 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 5-20-1985 by Ord. No. 393]
Any person violating any provision of this Article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or confinement in the County jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Municipal Judge, and each day that such violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense.
[Adopted 12-12-1973 as Ord. No. 248]

§ 200-9 Storage on owner's property.

[Amended 9-23-1987 by Ord. No. 427]
It shall be unlawful for any owner, possessor or occupant of lands in the Township of Carneys Point, County of Salem, to permit to be stored or placed upon land any machines or vehicles so in need of repair as to render the same incapable of being readily operated under their own power, except where such storage is specifically authorized by the Zoning Ordinance of the Township of Carneys Point[1] or by a variance granted by the Carneys Point Board of Adjustment. It shall also be unlawful for any owner, possessor or occupant of lands in the Township of Carneys Point, County of Salem, to permit to be stored or placed upon such land any automobile or other motor vehicle which does not bear a current registration sticker and a current inspection sticker, except that the provisions of this sentence shall not apply to any farm use vehicle.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 212, Zoning.

§ 200-10 Storage on another's property.

It shall be unlawful for any person to park or leave standing any machines, automobiles or parts of automobiles or vehicles so in need of repair as to render the same incapable of being readily operated under their own power on land of another without permission of the owner, possessor or occupant of such lands.

§ 200-11 Investigation of complaint; notification.

[Amended 4-22-1992 by Ord. No. 524]
Upon complaint of any resident or property owner of the Township of Carneys Point or upon his own observation of a violation of this chapter, any member of the Police Department, the Construction Code Official, Building Inspector, Housing Officer, Zoning Officer or such other official as is designated by the Township Committee shall notify the owner and possessor or occupant of said lands as to the violation of this chapter. Said notice shall be in writing and shall be delivered, either personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the owner and possessor or occupant of said lands. Said notice shall advise the owner and possessor or occupant of said lands to remedy said violation within 10 days after receipt of said notice or to make application within said 10 days to the Carneys Point Township Zoning Board of Adjustment for the appropriate relief.

§ 200-12 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 200-12, Notification, as amended 9-23-1987 by Ord. No. 427, was repealed 4-22-1992 by Ord. No. 524.

§ 200-13 Reinspection; filing of complaint.

[Amended 9-23-1987 by Ord. No. 427; 4-22-1992 by Ord. No. 524]
Any of the officials named in § 200-11 of this chapter shall reinspect said lands after the ten-day period shall have expired, and, if he finds that the condition complained of and previously found to exist in violation of this Article has not been abated or remedied and, further, that no application has been made to the Carneys Point Township Board of Adjustment, he shall file a complaint in the Municipal Court against the owner, possessor and/or occupant of the lands affected for violation of this Article.

§ 200-14 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 5-20-1985 by Ord. No. 393]
Any person violating any provision of this Article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or confinement in the County jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Municipal Judge, and each day that such violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.

§ 200-15 Sale of property in violation.

[Amended 4-22-1992 by Ord. No. 524]
Where the aforedescribed personal property comes into the possession of any of the officials named in § 200-11 of this chapter by finding or recovery and if the owner or his whereabouts is unknown and cannot be ascertained or if said owner shall refuse to receive such property, then said property shall not be disposed of for six months, except in cases of a motor vehicle, which shall be retained for three months. Thereafter, the Township Committee, by resolution, may provide for the sale, in whole or in part, of any such property at public auction, after notice of a designated time and place therefor, not less than 10 days prior thereto, is published in a newspaper circulating within the municipality. Moneys received from the sale of any such property shall be paid into the general municipal treasury.