[HISTORY: Adopted as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Abandoned Vehicles
Article II Junk Vehicles
[Adopted 11-2-1958 STM, Art. 1]
Any vehicle which is left on any street or highway so that it obstructs traffic or interferes with the maintenance of that street or highway or the removal or plowing of snow and ice from said street or highway may be removed from said street or highway by direction of the Chief of Police or the Highway Surveyor to some convenient place or a public garage
The cost of said removal and of the storage charges, if any, shall be paid by the owner or driver of such vehicle before such vehicle is turned over to the owner or driver.
[Adopted 3-10-1969 ATM, Art. 12]
No person or entity, corporate or otherwise, as owner or as one in control of premises, shall keep in the open in any area of the Town of Williamstown any junk automobile as defined in the following section, without being licensed to do so under this article.
For the purpose of this article, the following terms have the meanings indicated:
- JUNK AUTOMOBILE
- One which is worn out, cast off or discarded and which is ready for dismantling or destruction, or which has been collected or stored for salvage, or for stripping in order to make use of parts thereof. Any parts from such a vehicle shall be considered a junk automobile under this article.
A license to keep no more than one junk automobile shall be requested from the Chief of Police, who may issue said license under the terms and standards set forth in § 64-7 of this article.
A license to keep more than one junk automobile may be requested by filing with the Town Clerk an application in writing to the Board of Selectmen. The Board of Selectmen shall hold a public hearing upon such request, notice of which shall be given by publishing in a newspaper published or circulated in Williamstown five days at least before the date of the hearing. The cost of publishing shall be paid by the applicant for the license.
The Board of Selectmen may grant a license for not over one year, upon such conditions as the Board deems proper, to keep such junk automobiles in the open, after the public hearing has been held and the Board determines that the keeping of the same will not depreciate property values in the area, or will not create a hazard to the public safety, or will not become a public nuisance. Renewals of said licenses may be granted only after the procedure set forth above is followed.
Upon the filing with the Board of Selectmen of a petition signed by at least 10 legal residents of Williamstown asking for revocation of any license issued under this article, the Board shall call a public hearing to review the conduct of the licensee under said license. If the Board determines that the operation of the licensee under said license is such as to depreciate property values in the area, or create a hazard to public safety, or constitute a public nuisance, the Board may, by majority vote, revoke said license, such revocation to be effective 30 days after the date of said vote.
The holder of a Class I, Class 2 or Class 3 license as defined in MGL C.140, § 58, is exempt from the provisions of this article in respect to the premises specified in the license granted to him under § 59 of said chapter.
Any person or entity who violates this article shall be liable to a fine of $20, and each day of violation shall be a separate and distinct offense.
This article shall become effective months after date of approval by the Attorney General.