[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Linwood 10-14-1981 by Ord. No. 14-1981; amended in its entirety 3-12-2014 by Ord. No. 5-2014. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall abandon any motor vehicle, machinery, marine vessels or equipment within the limits of the City of Linwood or leave any vehicle, machinery, marine vessels or equipment at any place within the City for such time and under such circumstances so as to cause the same to appear to have been abandoned.
Whenever it shall appear to the Chief of the Police Department of the City of Linwood or to any official representative of the Common Council of the City of Linwood that the presence upon any lands within the City of Linwood of a motor vehicle not currently used or licensed or any unused machinery, marine vessels or equipment is detrimental to the general health, safety and welfare in that it is unsightly, the owner and/or tenant of such land shall be required to remove therefrom such motor vehicle, machinery, marine vessels or equipment or to place the same in a garage or other enclosed structure within five days after receipt by such owner or tenant of written notice from the Chief of the Police Department and/or a representative of the Common Council of the City of Linwood. This notice may be served personally upon the owner or tenant or may be directed to him by certified mail.
In the event of the failure of the owner of properties so notified to remove any motor vehicle, machinery or equipment within five days from the date of notice as aforesaid, the City Council may cause the removal of said vehicle, machinery, marine vessels or equipment, and in such case, the officer in charge of removal shall certify, in writing, to the City Council the cost thereof, which cost, if found correct, shall be charged against said land, and the amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon said land and shall be assessed and levied upon said land and shall bear interest of the same rate as taxes and shall be collected and enforced by the same officer and in the same manner as taxes.
In the event of the failure of the owner or tenant of said land to remove said motor vehicle, machinery, marine vessels or equipment existing thereon, within the time required after the service of the notice hereinbefore mentioned, and, in addition to the remedies hereinbefore provided, said person shall be in violation of this chapter and, upon conviction thereof by the Judge of the Municipal Court of the City of Linwood, shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 and/or imprisonment in such a place as is maintained for offenders in the City of Linwood for a period not to exceed 30 days, or both. Each day during which the violation continues, subsequent to five days from receipt of notice, shall be considered a separate offense.