Town of Addison, WI
Washington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Addison as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II)]
In order to promote the public safety, health, welfare and enjoyment of public travel, to preserve and enhance the scenic beauty of lands bordering public highways, and to promote prosperity, economic well-being and the general welfare of the Town of Addison, it is hereby declared to be in the public interest to regulate and restrict the storage and parking of accumulated junk, motor vehicles, appliances and parts thereof that constitute a public nuisance. This article is not intended to create undue hardship to any area within the Town.
No person, firm, or corporation shall park, store, leave, or permit the parking or storing of accumulated junk, inoperable motor vehicles, appliances or parts thereof of any kind which are in an abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, partially dismantled, rusted, or inoperative condition or which are not currently registered or licensed to the owner or occupant or family member of the owner of property within the Town contrary to the declaration of purpose in § 277-1.
Terms used in this article are defined as follows:
ACCUMULATED
A collection or increase in quantity or number that creates an unsightly heap or mass contrary to the declaration of purpose as stated in this article or that constitutes a junkyard.
APPLIANCE
Any stove, washer, dryer, refrigerator or other appliance which is no longer operable in the sense for which it was manufactured.
AUTOMOBILE GRAVEYARD
An establishment or property which is maintained, used, or operated for storing, keeping, buying or selling wrecked, scrapped, ruined, or dismantled motor vehicles or motor vehicle parts. Ten or more such vehicles constitute an automobile graveyard.
DISMANTLED
To strip of equipment or to take apart.
ILLEGAL JUNKYARD
A junkyard which is established, expanded, or maintained in violation of Town of Addison ordinances and is not in strict conformity with § 175.25(2), (3), (4) and (5), Wis. Stats.
INOPERABLE
In such a state of physical or mechanical ruin as to be incapable of propulsion, or which is otherwise not in safe or legal condition for operation due to missing parts, or is not currently registered or licensed for operation on public highways.
JUNK
Any old scrap metal, iron, alloy, synthetic material or any junked, ruined, dismantled, inoperable, or wrecked motor vehicle, machinery or parts thereof.
JUNKYARD
Any place which is owned, operated, or used for storing, keeping, processing, buying or selling junk, including automobile graveyards, scrap metal processors, auto wrecking, auto recycling, salvage yards, used parts yards and temporary storage of motor vehicle bodies or parts waiting disposal.
MOTOR VEHICLE
Any vehicle which is self-propelled by a combustion engine or motor.
This article shall not apply to:
A. 
Any vehicle enclosed within a building on private property, provided that such storage does not constitute a fire or safety hazard.
B. 
Any vehicle, equipment or appliance within a building or screened fence at least six feet in height.
C. 
Any vehicle, equipment, or appliance kept in connection with a business enterprise properly operated in full compliance with ordinances of the Town of Addison and maintained in such a way as not to constitute a public nuisance.
D. 
Any motor vehicle in operable condition specifically adapted or designed for operation on drag strips or raceways not exceeding one vehicle per parcel.
E. 
Any currently registered vehicle which is in the process of being repaired by its owner or a family member on property of the owner or occupant, provided that the time for such outdoor repair shall not exceed 30 days.
F. 
Situations where the Town Board issues temporary permits with a possible thirty-day extension to comply with this article where exceptional facts and circumstances warrant such extension.
A. 
Whenever the Town Board, Building Inspector, or any law enforcement agency designated by the Town Board shall find probable cause as to violations described herein upon private property within the Town, the owner and/or occupant of said property on which violations are apparent shall be notified of such violations of this article.
B. 
If such violations are not abated within 20 days from the date of notice, this may be cause to be issued a citation to the property owner and/or the occupant of said property.
C. 
The Town shall have any and all other remedies afforded by the Wisconsin state statutes for removal and to bring into compliance said properties found to be in violation of this article, in addition to the forfeitures and cost of prosecution (§§ 66.0139 and 175.25, Wis. Stats.).
D. 
Any costs incurred under provisions provided in Subsection C above by the Town shall be recovered from the owner and/or occupant. However, if the owner of any vehicle, appliance or accumulation of junk cannot readily be found, the cost of such removal shall be charged to the property from which it is removed, which charges shall be entered as a special charge on the tax roll, pursuant to § 66.0627, Wis. Stats.
E. 
Each day that an accumulation of vehicles, appliances or junk as herein defined shall be parked or stored contrary to the provisions hereof shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
F. 
Any vehicles permitted to be parked or stored under this article may also be required to comply with the Town Zoning Code and any required screening.
Any person who shall interfere with the enforcement of any of the provisions of this article and shall be found guilty thereof shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-1 of this Code. Each motor vehicle or appliance involved shall constitute a separate offense.