[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of East Hampton 9-1978 (Ord. No. 13.05). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Unsheltered storage of old, unused, stripped, junked, and other motor vehicles not in good and safe operating condition, and of any motor vehicle not registered with the State of Connecticut, and of any machinery, or parts thereof, or implements, and/or equipment and personal property of any kind which is no longer usable for the purposes for which it was manufactured, hereinafter collectively described as "said personalty," for a period of 30 days or more, except in licensed junkyards, within the limits of the Town of East Hampton is hereby declared to be a nuisance and dangerous to the public health and safety, if said personalty is visible from the street or highway. Except as otherwise specifically prohibited by state statutes, a bona fide antique and/or classic motor vehicle collector may maintain one or more vehicles, whether currently registered or unregistered, or whether operable or inoperable, in outdoor storage on private property, if every such vehicle and outdoor storage area is maintained in such manner as not to constitute a health hazard and is located away from public view, or screened from ordinary public view, by means of a suitable fence, trees, shrubbery, opaque covering or other appropriate means.
The owner, owners, tenant, tenants, lessees and/or occupants of any lot within the limits of the Town of East Hampton upon which such storage is made, and the owner, owners, and/or lessees of said personalty involved in said storage, hereinafter referred to collectively as "owners," shall, upon written notice, jointly and severally, promptly abate said nuisance by removing the same into completely enclosed buildings usable for such storage purposes, if within the limit of the Town of East Hampton, or otherwise remove the same to a location without said limits.
Whenever said owners fail to abate said nuisance, after written notice, the Town of East Hampton, in addition to all other rights and remedies allowed to it under Connecticut law, and by this chapter, may remove said personalty to a location of its selection, the expenses therefor to be billed to said owners, jointly and severally, said bill to be recoverable in a suit at law. When said personalty has been removed and placed in storage by the Town of East Hampton, as provided for herein, said personalty may be sold by the Town of East Hampton after reasonable time has elapsed and after written notice of sale has been given to said owners. The proceeds from said sale are to be first applied to pay the cost of said abatement, and if insufficient, the owners of said personalty shall remain liable for said insufficiency. If the proceeds from said sale exceed the cost of abatement, the balance thereto shall first be paid to said owners, if possible, or deposited in the treasury of the Town of East Hampton.
The health or zoning enforcement official or his duly appointed agent to be designated from time to time by the Town of East Hampton shall enforce the provisions of this chapter in accordance with the Connecticut General Statutes.
Licensed garages, service stations and new or used car lots and such uses shall continue to be regulated by the provisions of the East Hampton Zoning Regulations or by the Connecticut General Statutes.
This chapter shall not apply to house trailers or mobile homes which are operable, capable of being registered, and fit for occupancy.
This chapter shall not apply to operable unregistered motor vehicles owned by persons serving in the Armed Forces of the United States outside the State of Connecticut. Such persons shall be required to submit evidence satisfactory to the Building Inspector to qualify for the exception.