[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Lake Tomahawk as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Junked Vehicles and Appliances
[Adopted at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II)]
No disassembled, inoperable, unlicensed, junked or wrecked motor vehicles, truck bodies, tractors, trailers, farm machinery, vehicle parts or tires, or appliances shall be stored upon private residential property or unenclosed within a building upon nonresidential property within the Town of Lake Tomahawk for a period exceeding 10 days unless it is in connection with an authorized business enterprise located in a properly zoned area maintained in such a manner as not to constitute a public nuisance.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- DISASSEMBLED, INOPERABLE, JUNKED OR WRECKED MOTOR VEHICLES, TRUCK BODIES, TRACTORS OR TRAILERS
- Motor vehicles, recreational vehicles, truck bodies, tractors, farm machinery or trailers in such state of physical or mechanical ruin as to be incapable of propulsion or being operated upon the public streets or highways or which are otherwise not in safe or legal condition for operation on public streets or highways due to missing or inoperative parts, flat or removed tires, expired or missing license plates or other defects.
- INOPERABLE APPLIANCE
- Any stove, washer, refrigerator or other appliance which is no longer operable in the sense for which it was manufactured.
- MOTOR VEHICLE
- As defined in § 340.01(35), Wis. Stats.
- UNLICENSED MOTOR VEHICLES, TRUCK BODIES, TRACTORS OR TRAILERS
- Motor vehicles, truck bodies, tractors, recreational vehicles or trailers which do not bear lawful current license plates.
This article shall not apply to any motor vehicle or motor vehicle accessories stored within an enclosed building or on the premises of a business enterprise operated in a lawful place and in a non-nuisance manner in a properly zoned area when necessary to the operation of such business enterprise or in a storage place or depository maintained in a lawful place and manner or seasonal use vehicles such as snowmobiles, motorcycles, motor scooters and nonmotorized campers, provided that such vehicles are stored in compliance with the ordinances of the Town. Also excepted are motor vehicles registered pursuant to §§ 341.265 and 341.266, Wis. Stats. In other situations the Town Board may issue temporary permits permitting an extension of not to exceed an additional 30 days' time to comply with this article where exceptional facts and circumstances warrant such extension.
Whenever any law enforcement officer shall find any vehicles, vehicle parts or tires, or appliances, as described herein, placed or stored in the open upon private property within the Town, he or she shall notify the owner of said property on which said vehicle or appliance is stored of the violation of this article. If said vehicle, part thereof or appliance is not removed within five days, the law enforcement officer shall cause to be issued a citation to the property owner or tenant of the property upon which said vehicle or appliance is stored.
If such vehicle or appliance is not removed within 20 days after issuance of a citation, the Chief of Police shall cause the vehicle or appliance to be removed and impounded, and it shall thereafter be disposed of as provided in Chapter 346, Vehicles, Abandoned, of this Code. Any cost incurred in the removal and sale of said vehicle or appliance shall be recovered from the owner. However, if the owner of the vehicle or appliance cannot readily be found, the cost of such removal shall be charged to the property from which it is removed, which charge shall be entered as a special charge on the tax roll.
Any person who shall interfere with the enforcement of any of the provisions of this article and shall be found guilty thereof may be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-4 of this Code. Each motor vehicle or appliance involved shall constitute a separate offense.