[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Glocester 12-13-1984, amended 8-21-2003 (Ch. II, § 17, 2-17-01, of the 1991 Code). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
No more than one unregistered, unserviceable, discarded, worn-out or junked automobile, truck or trailer of any kind or type, or bodies, engines, tires, parts or accessories thereof, shall be parked or stored on any property other than in a completely enclosed building; on a farm; or at a licensed dealership. For the purpose of this chapter, an unserviceable vehicle shall mean any vehicle not maintaining a current/valid Rhode Island certificate of inspection pursuant to R.I.G.L. § 31-38-4.
Any person who violates the provision of this chapter shall be fined upon conviction for the first offense not less than $50 nor more than $100 or by imprisonment for not less than 10 days nor more than 30 days, or both fine and imprisonment, and shall for a second or subsequent conviction be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500 or by imprisonment for not less than 30 days, nor more than six months, or by both fine and imprisonment.
Notice to remove such vehicle(s), as hereafter set forth, shall be provided in accordance with § 263-4.
The Chief of Police is hereby authorized to remove or have removed any vehicle or parts thereof left at any place within the Town which reasonably appear to be in violation of this chapter or to be lost, stolen, or unclaimed. Such vehicle or parts thereof shall be impounded until lawfully claimed or disposed of in accordance with § 263-5 of this chapter; provided, however, that any vehicle or parts thereof left at any place shall not be removed and impounded as provided herein until the Chief of Police shall have given written notice to remove such vehicle or parts thereof within seven days of the mailing or delivery of such notice and said vehicle or parts thereof have not been removed at the end of such time.
Such notice as provided in § 263-3 hereof shall be given by:
Affixing notice on such vehicle or parts thereof (if appropriate);
Sending notice by mail or delivering notice by hand to the owner of such vehicle at his last known address if the owner is reasonably ascertainable; and
Sending notice by mail or delivering notice by hand to the person owning or controlling the property on which such vehicle or parts thereof are located.
The Chief of Police may enter upon private property at all reasonable hours for the purpose of inspecting such vehicle or parts thereof, posting notice thereon, and removing and impounding such vehicle or parts thereof, and it shall be unlawful for any person to prevent the Chief of Police from entering on private property for purposes of carrying out his duties under the provisions of this chapter.
The Chief of Police is authorized to store in an appropriate location any vehicle or parts thereof impounded as provided herein. The Chief of Police shall set a date, no sooner than 30 days after the vehicle or parts thereof have been impounded, upon which he shall conduct at a public auction sale of all vehicle(s) and/or parts impounded and stored. At least one week before the proposed auction sale, he shall cause to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town of Glocester a notice of such sale, which notice may contain such information as the make, model and serial number of any vehicle or parts and a general description thereof. At least one week before the proposed auction sale, he shall also mail a notice of the sale by certified mail to the owner of the vehicle, as known, advising him of the date of the sale and notifying him of his right of redemption of the vehicle or parts thereof upon payment of all accumulated costs.
At the sale, the vehicle or parts thereof shall be sold at public auction to the highest bidder; provided that the Chief of Police shall have the right to reject any bids deemed insufficient. Any vehicles or parts remaining unsold at the conclusion of the auction sale may be sold by the Town to a junk dealer or other similar business offering the best price therefor.
If the owner of the vehicle or parts is not known, all money realized from the auction sale shall be deposited to the general fund of the Town. If such owner is known, he shall receive the proceeds realized from the sale after deducting all costs of seizure, removal, impounding and storage, costs of the sale and all other reasonable costs.
Each day any violation of this chapter is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and be punishable as such.