[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Brooklawn 7-10-2017 by Ord. No. 13-17. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any person to park, store or leave or permit the parking, storing or leaving of any licensed or unlicensed motor or non-motor vehicle, including, but not limited to, an automobile, recreational vehicle, boat, motorcycle, construction equipment, buses, campers, trailers, which are rusted, wrecked, junked or partially dismantled, and/or in an inoperative or abandoned condition, whether attended to or not, upon any public or private property within the Borough of Brooklawn, unless the same is enclosed within a building in which the zoning laws of the Borough permit the storage of such a vehicle.
It shall be unlawful for any person to park or leave standing any motor or non-motor vehicle or parts of motor or non-motor vehicles so in need of repair as to render the same incapable of being readily operated on the land of another without permission of the owner, possessor or occupant of such land.
Any motor or non-motor vehicle parked, stored, left or permitted to be parked, stored or left in violation of the provisions of Chapter 142 hereof shall constitute rubbish and unsightly debris and a nuisance detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the Borough of Brooklawn, and it shall be the duty of the registered or other owner of such motor or non-motor vehicle and also the duty of the owner of the private property or of the lessee or other person in possession of the private property upon which such motor or non-motor vehicle is located to either remove the same from the Borough of Brooklawn or to have the same housed in a building where it will not be visible from the street or other private property.
It shall be the duty of the Chief of Police or Code Enforcement Officer of the Borough of Brooklawn to give written notice to the registered or other owner of any motor or non-motor vehicle which is in violation of this chapter or, in the alternative, to give such notice to the owner or lessee of the private property upon which such motor or non-motor vehicle is situated to the effect that the parking, storing or leaving or permitting of the parking, storing or leaving of such vehicle is in violation of this chapter and also demanding that said vehicle be removed from the Borough of Brooklawn within 72 hours or that within 72 hours the same be housed in a building where it will not be visible from the street or adjoining private property. Said notice shall be given by personal service or by registered or certified mail.
If notice is given as is provided in § 142-4 hereof and the person upon whom said notice and demand is made shall fail to meet the requirements of said notice, then said person shall be in violation of this chapter.
Notwithstanding the provisions of § 142-5 hereof, and regardless of whether or not the person or persons mentioned therein have been charged with a violation of this chapter, the Chief of Police or Code Enforcement Officer, after giving notice required by § 142-4, and if the requirements of such notice have not been complied with upon the expiration of said seventy-two-hour period, may cause the vehicle or vehicles to be removed to such suitable place for storage as may be designated by the Borough. Within 48 hours after the removal and storage of such vehicle or vehicles, the Chief of Police or Code Enforcement Officer shall give notice in the manner prescribed in § 142-4 to the registered owner or other owner of such vehicle, if known, or to the owner, lessee or person in possession of the land from which the vehicle was removed and by said notice shall advise that the vehicle has been impounded and stored for violation of this chapter. The notice shall include the location of the place where the vehicle is stored, shall state the costs incurred by the Borough for the removal or towing and the storage charges per day accrued or accruing and shall advise that if such charges are not paid in full to the Borough Clerk within a period of 10 days immediately following the giving of such notice, said vehicle shall be deemed to have been abandoned and thereafter will be discarded as junk or may, in the discretion of the Chief of Police or Code Enforcement Officer, be sold as an abandoned vehicle in accordance with the Statutes of the State of New Jersey.
After any vehicle is impounded and stored as aforesaid, the same shall not be released by the appointed keeper thereof until all charges connected with the removal, towing and storage of such vehicle have been fully paid as evidenced by the Borough Clerk's paid receipt.
Any person, firm or corporation who or which shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable for penalties or any combination thereof as set forth in § 1-15 of the Code of the Borough of Brooklawn, in the discretion of the Judge of the Municipal Court before whom such violation is heard and conviction made. Each day that a violation occurs shall be deemed a separate and distinct violation, subject to the penalty provisions of this chapter.