[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater as § 4-3 of the 1971 Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any owner, possessor or occupant of land in the Township to store, place or permit to be stored or placed upon such land, other than in an enclosed building or in a duly licensed junkyard operated pursuant to all applicable regulations of the Township, any automobiles so in need of repair as to render them incapable of being readily operated under their own power, or automobiles not currently licensed, or any parts of any such automobiles or vehicles.
If any automobiles or vehicles described in § 387-1 are left, placed, kept or stored on private lands for 15 days or more, it shall be presumed that the owner or tenant in possession of such lands stored it there or permitted it to be left, placed, kept or stored there.
Editor's Note: Former § 387-2, Leaving on another’s premises, and former § 387-3, Abandonment on public streets or lands prohibited, were repealed 12-5-2005 by Ord. Nos. 2005-21 and 2005-22. Ordinance No. 2005-21 also provided for the renumbering of former §§ 387-4 through 387-7 as §§ 387-2 through 387-5, respectively.
[Amended 4-15-1980 by Ord. No. 80-8]
Upon complaint of any resident or property owner of the Township or upon his own motion, the Police Department shall make an investigation of the condition complained of and, if it appears that a violation of one or more of the provisions of this chapter exists on the land, the Police Department shall notify the owner, possessor and occupant of the land in writing of such violation, which notice shall require the abatement of the violation within 10 days from date of service of such notice. Such notice shall be served personally upon the owner, possessor or occupant of the land by handing a copy of it to the person or by leaving it at his usual place of abode with some member of his household over the age of 14 years; but if any such owner or possessor resides outside the Township, the notice shall be served upon him by registered or certified mail, addressed to him at his usual residence if same is ascertainable; otherwise, such owner shall be served by notice published in the official newspaper of the Township.
Editor's Note: The Township Police Department was extinguished 9-21-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-8. The New Jersey State Police have agreed to provide full-time police coverage to the Township of Stillwater.
If the owner, possessor or occupant of the lands fails or refuses to abate or remedy after 10 days' notice, the condition complained of which constitutes a violation of this chapter, the Township through its servants, agent or employees may enter upon the lands and premises for the purpose of removing such motor vehicle or parts thereof. The Township shall take possession of any such motor vehicle and proceed to dispose of it in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 81 of the Laws of 1964 of the State of New Jersey (N.J.S.A. 39:10A-3).
The Sanitary Inspector shall certify to the Township Committee the unrecovered amount of any costs or expenses incurred by the Township in abating any condition existing in violation of this chapter. If the Township Committee finds the certification of costs to be correct, it shall cause the costs and expenses as shown thereon to be charged against the lands. The amount so charged shall become a lien on the lands and shall be added to and become and form part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon the lands, the same to bear interest at the same rate as taxes, and shall be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.