[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Burlington as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The First Selectman of the Town of Burlington shall make, erect and maintain, at such places in the Town, signs and markings for the direction and regulation of traffic and the parking of vehicles upon the streets. The First Selectman may cause appropriate signs or warnings to be posted temporarily along any street or public place for the purpose of prohibiting the parking of vehicles while the road crew or Fire Department is engaged in the performance of its duties in connection with any public work or undertaking in such street or public place.
No person shall allow any vehicle or other property to remain standing on any street or public place in the Town so as to hamper, obstruct, interfere with or hinder the work of the road crew or Fire Department. The First Selectman, state police or any constable may order the removal of any vehicle left standing on any street or public place in violation of this section.
It shall be unlawful for any person to park or abandon any vehicle on the highways of the Town of Burlington during a snowstorm. For 48 hours following the cessation of a snowstorm, no operator or owner of a vehicle shall allow the same to remain parked on any street of the Town for a period of more than one hour.
Whenever any vehicle is found parked unlawfully, including unlawful parking or abandonment during a snowstorm, it may be removed and conveyed by or under the direction of a member of the Board of Selectmen or under the direction of a Constable, by means of towing or otherwise, to a public garage.
The owner of any towed vehicle shall be duly informed as to the nature and circumstances of the violation on account of which such vehicle has been towed.
Before the owner or person in charge of any impounded vehicle shall be permitted to remove the same from said public garage, he shall furnish to the First Selectman or such officer as the First Selectman shall designate evidence of his identity and ownership, shall sign a receipt for such vehicle and shall pay the cost of removal and storage.
Any person violating this article shall be subject to penalties set forth in C.G.S. § 14-314, as amended.
Junked motor vehicles not under cover, as defined in this article, are prohibited within the limits of the Town. Any person, firm, or corporation causing or permitting a junked motor vehicle not under cover to be located on a public highway, public property or private property shall be subject to a fine of $10 per day after the occurrence of the following:
In the event the junked motor vehicle not under cover is situated on public property or on a public highway, each day or part thereof that the condition continues; and
Each additional day or part thereof shall constitute a new and separate offense, punishable hereunder.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A. A motor vehicle located on private property for a period of 30 consecutive days or on a public highway or public property for a period of 24 consecutive hours which for such period has not been:
- B. For the purposes of this definition, "junked motor vehicle" shall also include new or used parts of motor vehicles or old iron, metal, glass, paper, cordage, or other waste, or discarded or secondhand materials which have been a part or intended to be a part of any motor vehicle.
- MOTOR VEHICLE
- A vehicle propelled or drawn by any power other than muscular, to include but not be limited to automobiles, trucks, tractors, trailers, and motorcycles.
- UNDER COVER
- Completely enclosed in a garage or other building serving the purpose of a garage.
Any person having knowledge of the existence of, or having reason to suspect the existence of, a junked motor vehicle not under cover may file in the office of the Resident Trooper a written, signed complaint, describing the type and location of the motor vehicle, and giving the name(s) of the owner, or owner of the land upon which the motor vehicle is situated, if known.
When it is determined that a junked motor vehicle not under cover is located on a public highway or public property, the Town shall cause said motor vehicle to be removed to a motor vehicle junkyard. The Town shall give written notice by certified mail to the owner of the motor vehicle, if he is known, that the vehicle has been removed to a motor vehicle junkyard and the name and location of the junkyard. The Town shall have the right to collect from said owner the cost incurred in removing and disposing of said motor vehicle, which cost, if not paid prior thereto, shall be charged on the next regular tax bill forwarded by the Town to such owner if he is a resident of the Town.
When it is determined that a junked motor vehicle not under cover is located on private property, the Town shall give written notice requesting removal of such vehicle by certified mail to the person in possession or control of such property, the owner of such property and the owner of such vehicle, if known, and shall cause such notice to be published in a newspaper having a substantial circulation in the Town. If such owner or person(s) has not caused removal of such vehicle within 10 days after receipt of said notification, the Town may cause said motor vehicle to be removed to a motor vehicle junkyard and, in such event, shall give written notice of the removal and the name and address of the junkyard to the person in possession or control of such property, the owner of such property and the owner of such vehicle, if known, by certified mail. The Town shall have the right to collect the cost incurred in removing and disposing of such motor vehicle from the owner of the vehicle or from the person in possession or control of the property, or the owner of the property from which the motor vehicle was removed, unless it shall be determined that the person in possession or control of such property or the owner of the property or any member of their respective families was in no way responsible for causing or permitting the junked motor vehicle to be located on the property. Such costs, if not paid prior thereto, shall be charged to the responsible person on the next regular tax bill forwarded by the Town to such person if he is a resident of the Town.
A bill for the costs of removal and disposal shall be promptly sent by the Town to the responsible person or owner. Where the full amount of costs due the Town is not paid by the responsible person or owner within 30 days after the bill for such costs has been submitted, the Resident State Trooper or delegate shall cause to be recorded in the Town Clerk's office a sworn statement showing the cost and expense incurred for the removal and disposal of the vehicle. The recordation of such sworn statement shall constitute a lien and privilege on the property of said resident, and shall remain in full force and effect for the amount due in principal and interest, plus costs of court, if any, for collection, until final payment has been made. Said costs and expenses shall be collected in the manner fixed by law for the collection of taxes and, further, shall be subject to a delinquent penalty of 18% in the event the same is not paid in full on or before the date the tax bill upon which said charge appears becomes delinquent. Sworn statements recorded in accordance with the provision hereof shall be prima facie evidence that all legal formalities have been complied with and that the removal and disposition has been done properly and satisfactorily, and shall be full notice to every person concerned that the amount of the statement, plus interest, constitutes a charge against the property designated or described in the statement and that the same is due and collectible as provided by law.
When any junked motor vehicle not under cover is found, the Town shall give written notice to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles which shall include location of the vehicle, the time the vehicle was first discovered and such other data and description of the vehicle which would be helpful to the Commissioner in identifying the vehicle and the owner of said vehicle.