[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Lindenwold 4-18-1988 by Ord. No. 773 (Ch. 194 of the 1981 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is hereby determined and declared that the abandonment or outside storage of any motor vehicles not currently in use for transportation, whether or not currently licensed or registered, on any public or private property within the Borough is contrary and harmful to the public welfare in that such articles so abandoned or stored attract or may attract persons of tender years who, being so attracted, may play in and about them and be injured, and in that such vehicles so abandoned or stored outside deteriorate and are unsightly and, as such, are detrimental to and depreciate the value of property in the neighborhood and affect the entire Borough and, further, that said abandoned vehicles constitute a danger to the public health and safety.
The following terms, phrases and words, as used in and for the purpose of this chapter, shall be deemed to have the following meanings:
- ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLE
- Includes any motor vehicle, omnibus, road tractor, trailer, truck, truck trailer and vehicle, which:
- A. Has remained on or about private property or public property without the consent of the owner or other person so in charge of said property for a continuing period of more than 10 days;
- B. Does not have current license plates or registration;
- C. Is found to be mechanically inoperative and is allowed to remain inoperative for a period of 30 days; or[Amended 4-12-1995 by Ord. No. 969]
- D. Is found without one or more tires.
- BOROUGH OFFICIAL
- The Zoning Officer, Compliance Officer, Director of Public Safety or any member of the Borough of Lindenwold Police Department.
- JUNK AUTOMOBILE, JUNK AUTOMOBILE BODY OR OTHER JUNK VEHICLES
- Any vehicle which is no longer in actual use as a motor vehicle or such vehicle, as is, is incapable of being operated safely or being put in a safe operational condition except at a cost in excess of the value thereof.
- MOTOR VEHICLE, OMNIBUS, ROAD TRACTOR, TRAILER, TRUCK, TRUCK TRAILER AND VEHICLE
- Intended to have the meanings stated and defined in N.J.S.A. 39:1-1 et seq.
- Any individual, firm, partnership or corporation being the owner or having any legal right in or to a motor vehicle or other vehicle as herein defined.
- That work performed or to be performed upon any vehicle, including but not limited to motors, ignition systems, transmissions, drive trains, electric systems or body or fender work.
No person shall authorize, permit, allow or suffer the repair, service or overhaul of any motor vehicle of any description upon any public parking lot, highway, street or alley within the Borough of Lindenwold except when such repairs are necessary in an immediate emergency. Emergency repairs necessary to place said vehicle in operation may be made upon said public highway, street, parking lot or alley, provided that said emergency repairs can be completed in less than 60 minutes or unless an extra period of time has been granted by the person in charge of the Police Department at the time of the emergency.
It shall be unlawful for any person to store or permit to be stored on any property in the Borough of Lindenwold an abandoned or junk vehicle, as defined herein, out of doors. Nothing herein contained shall be deemed to prohibit the placing, keeping or storage of any such vehicle in an enclosed garage, barn or other building.
Upon complaint of any resident or property owner of the Borough or any employee of the Borough, the Borough official, as defined in this chapter, shall make an investigation of the conditions complained of and report thereon, in writing, as to the conditions found. Upon receiving such report, if the property in question about which the complaint was made is found to be in violation of this chapter, the Borough official shall notify the owner or possessor of the property, personally or by mail, to take steps to effectively remove the violation from the property within 10 days after receipt of such notice.
The Borough official shall reinspect said lands after the ten-day period shall have expired, and if it is found that a condition complained of and previously found to exist in violation of this chapter has not been abated or remedied, such Borough official shall remove or secure the removal of such vehicle to a garage or place for impounding. The person owning the same shall first pay the reasonable cost of removal and storage which may result from such removal before regaining possession of the vehicle.
Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter shall, in addition to such other penalties as may be prescribed, pay all costs of removal and impounding, and in the event that the violator is a property owner, said costs and such other fines and penalties as may be levied in accordance with this chapter shall become a lien upon his property in accordance with law and be collected in the manner ascribed and established for the collection of liens.
A continuance of a violation or a noncompliance with the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed a nuisance, and the Borough Council shall have the right to apply to the courts of this state for injunctive relief or other relief in addition to the penalties provided herein.
[Added 4-12-1995 by Ord. No. 969]
This chapter shall not apply to automobiles without license tags and registration temporarily stored for not more than six months, to be measured from the date of the notice of violation, provided that said automobile is not an eyesore and remains operable.