[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Simsbury 3-25-1996. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Abandoned motor vehicles and discarded motor vehicle parts, as hereinafter defined, are prohibited within the territorial limits of the Town of Simsbury, Connecticut.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLE
- A motor vehicle located on private property for a period of 30 consecutive calendar days which is:
- A. Inoperative; or
- B. Unregistered and not in condition for legal use on the public highways and is in a state or condition as to create an adverse effect upon the public landscape or nearby private or public property or which otherwise creates a public nuisance or a safety or health hazard; or
- C. No longer used and is not lawfully stored within an approved garage, building or structure.
- DISCARDED MOTOR VEHICLE PARTS
- Parts of a motor vehicle or old iron, metal, glass, paper, cordage or other discarded waste or secondhand material which has been part of or is intended to be a part of any motor vehicle located on private property for a period of 30 consecutive calendar days, provided that any such parts or materials are not lawfully stored within a garage, building or structure.
- MOTOR VEHICLE
- Any device, including but not limited to automobiles, trucks, buses, tractors, trailers, recreational vehicles, motor homes, campers, motorcycles and similar vehicles, in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be drawn or transported upon a highway, except for devices moved exclusively by human or muscular power.
This chapter shall not apply to abandoned motor vehicles and discarded motor vehicle parts which shall be located in a motor vehicle junkyard licensed in accordance with the General Statutes of the State of Connecticut, as amended, or permitted under any exemptions to any such licensing requirements.
The failure to remove an abandoned motor vehicle or discarded motor vehicle parts from such private property within 30 calendar days subsequent to the receipt of a written notice from the Town of Simsbury given in the manner as hereinafter provided shall subject the owner of such property, the person in possession or control of such property and also the owner of such vehicle or parts, if known, to a fine in the amount of $90 for each day, or any portion thereof, that such vehicle or parts shall thereafter remain on such property.
When it is determined that an abandoned motor vehicle or discarded motor vehicle parts are located on private property, the Town of Simsbury shall notify the owner of such property, the person in possession or control of such property, and also the owner of said vehicle or parts, if known, in writing and by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested and postage prepaid, to cause the immediate removal of such vehicle or parts from such property and shall also provide for the publication of such notice in a newspaper having a substantial circulation in the Town of Simsbury. If provided in the manner set forth herein, any such notice shall be deemed to have been properly given, rendered or made on the third calendar day subsequent to it having been deposited for mailing purposes in any postal office regularly maintained by the United States Postal Service and the third day subsequent to its publication. If such owner or person has not caused removal of such vehicle or parts from such private property within 30 calendar days subsequent to the receipt of said notification, the Town of Simsbury may cause removal of such motor vehicle or parts to a licensed junkyard or to an area authorized by the proper authority for impoundment and disposal of such vehicle or parts. The Town of Simsbury shall be entitled to seek collection of its costs incurred in the removal or disposition of any such vehicle or parts from the owner of such private property, the party in possession or control of such property or the owner of such vehicle or parts.
Prior to the removal of an abandoned motor vehicle as provided for in the foregoing, the Zoning Enforcement Officer of the Town of Simsbury shall notify the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles of the issuance by the Town of Simsbury of such removal notice, such notification to include the location of the vehicle, the identification number thereof, if available, and such other description or identification of the vehicle as may assist in establishing the legal ownership of the vehicle.
This chapter shall take effect on May 2, 1996.