[HISTORY: Adopted by the County Commissioners of Caroline County: Art. I, 5-21-1991 as Ord. No. 91-002. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 5-21-1991 as Ord. No. 91-002]
As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The County Commissioners of Caroline County, Maryland.
- ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
- Any state or County police officer or any person appointed by the County to enforce these regulations.
- Any automobile, truck, motorcycle, boat, boat trailer or recreational vehicle.
All vehicles shall be parked within the perimeters designated on the Choptank Marina Plat showing the permitted parking areas, which is intended to be recorded among the plat records of Caroline County, Maryland.
In addition to Choptank Marina proper, these parking regulations shall apply to both shoulders of the road bordering Water Street. The County shall designate no-parking zones as it deems reasonable, by placing signs along the road.
No vehicle shall stop in any area within the confines of Choptank Marina so as to hinder or delay traffic or passage.
No person shall stop, park or leave standing on the roadway any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, if it is practical to stop, park or leave the vehicle standing off the roadway.
Vehicles shall not constitute a hazard to the safety of any person or property within Choptank Marina.
These provisions do not apply to a vehicle that has become disabled while on the roadway so that the operator cannot avoid stopping or temporarily leaving the vehicle.
Bicycles shall be permitted only in approved areas designated by the County.
Violations of any section of this Article may be enforced by any state or County police officer or by any person appointed by the County to enforce this Article.
Fine for parking violations.
The County may adopt, by resolution, a schedule of fines, which may be amended from time to time.
The enforcement officer shall attach to a vehicle found to be in violation a notice to the owner thereof that the vehicle has been in violation of these regulations and instructing the owner of the amount of the fine and the right to protest the violation.
The owner shall have the right to pay the designated fine in full satisfaction of the violation as hereinafter provided. In the alternative, an owner shall have the right to notify the appropriate office, as designated on the citation, of his/her intention to protest the fine, after which the owner shall be given notice of the date and time of hearing before a Hearing Officer appointed by the County. Payment of the fine shall be postponed pending the outcome of the hearing.
Removal and impoundment of vehicles; charges.
Vehicles may be removed and impounded if, in the opinion of an authorized enforcement officer, the vehicle is a hazard to the safety of any person or property within Choptank Marina, or in the event that the vehicle has been improperly parked for a period of at least 48 hours.
Such vehicle shall be removed to any location designated from time to time by the County as an approved impoundment area.
The County shall adopt, by resolution, a schedule of removal and impoundment charges which may be amended from time to time.
All removal and impoundment charges must be paid prior to releasing the vehicle to the owner or owner's agent.
Within 24 hours after the vehicle has been removed, notice of that fact shall be sent by first-class mail to the owner of record of the vehicle. The notice shall designate the place from which the vehicle was removed, the reason for its removal and impoundment, and the pound in which it is being stored.
The enforcement officer shall keep a record of all vehicles impounded and shall at all reasonable times furnish the owner or agent of the owner thereof with information as to the location of such vehicles.
The payment of any removal and impoundment charges shall, unless such payment has been made under protest, be final and conclusive and shall constitute a waiver of any right to recover the money so paid.
In the event that any removal and impoundment charges so imposed shall be paid under protest, the owner shall be entitled to a hearing before a Hearing Officer appointed by the County, in which case the owner shall be proceeded against and shall receive such notice as provided by the motor vehicle laws for the State of Maryland.
The payment of removal and impoundment charges shall not relieve the owner or operator of any vehicles from liability for any fine or penalty on account of the reasons the vehicle was removed and impounded.
No vehicle shall be moved under this authority if, at the time of the intended removal, the owner or agent of the owner of the vehicle is willing and able to remove the vehicle immediately.