Borough of Park Ridge, NJ
Bergen County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Park Ridge 7-11-1966 by Ord. No. 66-5. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Police Department — See Ch. 26.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 60.
Garbage, rubbish and trash — See Ch. 64.
Municipal parking lots — See Ch. 76.
Parking on posted land — See Ch. 77.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 80.
Towing — See Ch. 92.
Zoning — See Ch. 101.
Public health nuisances — See Ch. 112.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ABANDONED
Any motor vehicle, omnibus, road tractor, trailer, truck, truck tractor and vehicle which:
A. 
Is parked without the current year's registration or identification markers as required by law;
B. 
Has been continuously parked in any of the places mentioned in this chapter for a period of 48 hours;
C. 
Is so disabled as to constitute an obstruction to traffic and the driver or person owning or in charge thereof neglects or refuses to move the same to a place where it will not obstruct traffic;
D. 
Is found to be mechanically inoperative; or
E. 
Is found without one or more tires.
MOTOR VEHICLE, OMNIBUS, ROAD TRACTOR, TRAILER, TRUCK, TRUCK TRACTOR
As defined in N.J.S.A. 39:1-1 et seq., of the Revised Statutes of the State of New Jersey.
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
PROPERTY
Any real property within the municipality which is not a street or highway.
STREET or HIGHWAY
The entire width between the boundary lines of every way dedicated for public use for the purpose of vehicular travel, whether accepted and maintained by the municipality or not.
It shall be unlawful for any person to abandon a motor vehicle, omnibus, road tractor, trailer, truck, truck tractor, machine or vehicle on any public street or highway of the Borough; on any municipally owned or operated parking lot; on any property which is owned, leased or maintained by the Borough of Park Ridge; on any property which is owned, leased or maintained by the Board of Education of the Borough of Park Ridge; or on any property which is privately owned, leased, rented or occupied within the municipality.
[Amended 4-11-1989 by Ord. No. 89-11]
A. 
Whenever any member of the Park Ridge Police Department finds any motor vehicle, omnibus, road tractor, trailer, truck, truck tractor, machine, or vehicle abandoned on any public street or highway of the Borough or any public property described in § 96-2 of this chapter or whenever such abandonment upon privately owned property is reported to the Police Department by the owner, lessee, tenant or occupant, the Police Department shall move or cause the removal of this vehicle to such a garage or place as may be designated by the Chief of Police of the Borough of Park Ridge as the garage or place for the impoundment of such vehicles. Such vehicles shall be retained and impounded until the person owning the vehicle shall first pay the reasonable cost of removal and storage cost at the rate of $25 per day, which results from the removal of the vehicle before regaining possession of the vehicle.
B. 
Whenever any vehicle is impounded as provided in this chapter, the Chief of Police or a member of the Police Department designated by him shall, within five days from the date of impoundment, notify the registered owner in writing by personal service or by certified mail at the last known address of the owner of the removal of such vehicle, the reason for its removal, the location of the vehicle, the cost of the removal and the daily storage charge of $25 per day.
Whenever any vehicle impounded by the Police Department shall remain unclaimed for a period of 90 days, the vehicle shall be sold under the direction of the Chief of Police at public auction to the highest bidder. Such auction sale shall take place after notice of such sale has been given at least seven days prior thereto by one publication in a newspaper circulating in the Borough and upon mailing a copy of said notice to the owner of the vehicle by regular mail at least seven days prior to the sale. The address of the owner as shown on the records of the State Division of Motor Vehicles shall be deemed sufficient for the purposes of this chapter.
No person shall leave any wrecked, dismantled, nonoperating or junked vehicle on any street or highway within the municipality.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to park, store or keep any wrecked, disassembled, nonoperating or junked motor vehicle, omnibus, road tractor, trailer, truck, truck tractor, machine or vehicle or parts thereof upon public lands, as herein defined, or upon private lands owned, leased, rented or occupied by such person or by another, unless permission is obtained from the owner, lessee, tenant or occupant of said land or from the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Park Ridge. Such permission, if and when granted, shall be temporary and of an emergency nature, and the time limitation thereof shall be discretionary with the Mayor and Council.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person in charge or control of any property within the Borough, whether as owner, lessee, tenant or occupant, to allow or permit the storage or keeping of any wrecked, disassembled, nonoperating or junked motor vehicle, omnibus, road tractor, trailer, truck, truck tractor, machine or vehicle upon such property longer than 72 hours, except that this chapter shall not apply with regard to a vehicle in an enclosed building or a vehicle on the premises of a business enterprise, such as a repair garage, operated in a lawful place and manner, when necessary to the operation of such business enterprise, or a vehicle in an appropriate storage place or depository maintained in a lawful place and manner by the Borough.
[Amended 10-10-1966 by Ord. No. 66-10; 11-13-1978 by Ord. No. 78-16]
Upon complaint of any resident or property owner of the Borough of Park Ridge or upon his own motion, the Construction Code Official or his designated agent shall make an investigation of the condition complained of and shall issue to the owner, lessee, tenant or occupant of the lands upon which such violation exists a notice to abate the violation and effectively remove the same within a period of 20 days from the date of such notification.
At the expiration of said twenty-day period, the Building Inspector or his agent shall reinspect said lands and shall report to the Mayor and Council whether or not the unlawful condition previously found to exist has been abated or remedied.
In the event that the owner, lessee, tenant or occupant of said lands shall refuse or neglect to abate or remedy the conditions constituting the violation within said twenty-day period, the Mayor and Council shall cause the unlawful condition to be abated and remedied.
Where such abatement is accomplished by and under the direction of the Mayor and Council at public expense, the Mayor and Council shall cause the cost thereof to be certified to it and the amount thereof shall be charged against such lands where such violation occurred and shall be added to and become a part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied against said lands, the same to be enforced and collected as taxes upon the real property.
Appeals for relief from the provisions of this chapter may be made to the Mayor and Council within a period of 20 days from the notification of such violation as hereinabove provided or any extension thereof, and relief may, by resolution, be granted by said Mayor and Council when in their opinion such relief would not be detrimental to the public interest.
[Amended 7-8-1974 by Ord. No. 74-16]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof in the Municipal Court, be subject to a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 90 days, or both, at the discretion of the Judge.