[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Union 8-27-1963 by Ord. No. 2130A (Ch. 264 of the 1986 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any owner, possessor or occupant of lands in the Township of Union, County of Union, to permit to store or place upon such land any machines, or parts of machines, automobiles, or parts of automobiles, or vehicles, so in need of repair as to render the same incapable of being readily operated under their own power, except where such storage is specifically authorized by the Zoning Ordinance of the Township of Union, County of Union, or by a variance granted by the Board of Adjustment in the Township of Union, County of Union.
It shall be unlawful for any person to park, or leave standing, any machines, automobiles or parts of automobiles or vehicles so in need of repair as to render the same incapable of being readily operated under their own power on land of another without permission of the owner, possessor or occupant of such lands.
Upon complaint of any resident or property owner of the Township of Union, or any employee of said Township, or upon his own motion, the Construction Code Official or his designated agent shall make an investigation of the condition complained of and report thereon, in writing, to the Township Committee.
Upon receiving said report, if the land in question about which the complaint was made is found to be in such condition that a violation of one or more of the provisions of §§ 523-1 and 523-2 hereof exists on said land, the Township Clerk, upon direction of the Township Committee, shall notify the owner and possessor or occupant of said lands complained of, in writing, either personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested, to take such steps as will effectively remove said violation from said land within 10 days after receipt of said notice.
The Construction Code Official shall reinspect said lands after the ten-day period shall have expired and shall report, in writing to the Township Committee, whether or not the unlawful condition complained of and previously found to exist in violation of this chapter has been abated or remedied.
In the event that the owner, possessor or occupant of said lands shall refuse or neglect to abate or remedy the condition complained of and which constitutes a violation of this chapter, after said 10 days' notice, the Township Committee shall cause the condition complained of to be abated and remedied.
Upon the removal of any of the items prohibited to be stored or placed on lands by this chapter, by or under the direction of such officer or officers of this Township, in cases where the owner or tenant shall have refused or neglected to remove the same in the manner and within the time provided above, such officer or officers shall certify the cost thereof to the Township Committee, which shall examine the certificate and, if found correct, shall cause the cost, as shown thereon to be charged against said lands. The amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon such lands and shall be added to and become and form part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon said 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.
Appeals for relief from the provisions of this chapter may be made ex parte to the Township Committee of the Township of Union, County of Union, and relief may be granted by said body by the adoption of a formal resolution when, in its opinion, such relief is not detrimental to the public interest.
[Amended 10-28-1986 by Ord. No. 3879; 4-26-1988 by Ord. No. 3963; 12-13-1988 by Ord. No. 3998]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to one or more of the following: imprisonment in the county jail or in any place provided by the municipality for the detention of prisoners, for any term not exceeding 90 days, or a fine not exceeding $1,250 or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.
[Added 7-9-1991 by Ord. No. 4153]
It is hereby declared that the keeping, storage or abandonment of any motor vehicle not currently used for transportation and not being registered with the state for the current year or of any unused machinery or equipment upon lands within the Township is inimical to the public welfare in that the exposure to view of such motor vehicle, machinery or equipment is unsightly and detrimental to the neighborhood.
[Added 7-9-1991 by Ord. No. 4153]
No person shall keep, store, abandon or leave upon any parcel of land or street or any other place in the Township any unused machinery or equipment or any motor vehicle which does not display a valid inspection sticker less than two years old and which vehicle is also not validly registered with the state for the current year; provided, however, that this section shall not apply to any such motor vehicle, machinery or equipment which is placed, kept, stored or abandoned inside a garage or other building in the Township.