[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Hackensack 11-18-1957 by Ord. No. 664; amended in its entirety 10-3-2006 by Ord. No. 34-2006. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Abandoned vehicles and property — See Ch. 168.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A hand-drawn or propelled vehicle or wheeled container made of metal, wood or otherwise and such as is generally provided by merchants for the carting to automobiles or other places of merchandise or foodstuffs.
- Includes street, avenue, road, alley, lane, highway, boulevard, concourse, driveway, culvert and crosswalk and every class of road, square, place, municipal park, parking field or area, parks or other places used by the general public.
- SHOPPING CARTS
- Any device apparatus which uses wheels and which shall be made of metal, wood or otherwise, provided by merchants for the carting of merchandise from the premises to automobiles or other places.
It shall be the duty of all owners of premises which make shopping carts available to their customers to post signs at all entrances and exits advising the public that anyone possessing a cart, or the owner of property on which a shopping cart is found, off the premises of the store owner, is subject to a fine or imprisonment in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
All shopping carts must be kept in a clearly visible location and have the name of the store that the shopping cart is associated with. Any designations of businesses that the shopping cart does not belong to are not allowed on the shopping cart; excepting, however, the store that the shopping cart is associated with is permitted to provide advertisement space on the shopping cart for other businesses.
For a violation of any provision of this chapter, the maximum penalty, upon conviction thereof, shall be a fine not exceeding $1,000.
Whenever the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works ("DPW") shall receive any cart containing identification of ownership or right to possession, a notice within three days shall be sent by ordinary mail to such person advising that such cart is held by the Department of Public Works and advising the amount necessary to redeem.
The City authorizes the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works of the City of Hackensack to remove shopping carts from the streets, avenues, roads or highways. The owners of such shopping carts can retrieve such carts upon a payment of a fee in the sum of $50 for this retrieval and storage. The City shall notify the owners of its possession of the carts it has removed from the streets. Upon the failure of the owners to pay the above fee and to pick up the carts within 30 days, the City may dispose of them as trash or any other means they deem to be appropriate without any further obligation to the owner of these carts.
The City Manager may also authorize any other City agency to act in the place and stead of the Department of Public Works as the City Manager deems appropriate.
Immediately after a cart is redeemed, the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works shall pay over to the Treasurer of the City the amount received for redemption, costs and expenses of the article redeemed, together with an itemized statement thereof.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any cart which may come into the possession or custody of the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works pursuant to any other ordinance, law or regulation.