[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee (now Council) of the Township of Jackson 12-5-1972 by Ord. No. 34-72 (Ch. 102 of the 1972 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is hereby determined and declared that the placing, abandonment, leaving, keeping or storage out of doors of any motor vehicle not currently in use for transportation and not licensed for the current license year, or any other unused machinery or equipment, on public or private lands in the Township of Jackson is contrary and inimical to the public welfare in that such articles so placed, abandoned, left, kept or stored out of doors, exposed to the elements, deteriorate and in themselves are detrimental to and depreciate the value of properties in the neighborhood where they are located and in Jackson Township as a whole.
[Amended 4-12-1993 by Ord. No. 11-93]
No person shall place, abandon or leave, keep or store or suffer or permit the placing, abandoning, leaving, keeping or storage of any article described in § 418-1 of this chapter out of doors on any public land in Jackson Township or between the right-of-way sidelines of any public thoroughfare therein. Upon private lands, not more than one currently unregistered and/or uninspected motor vehicle shall be parked, kept or stored on any private property, and no vehicle shall at any time be in a state of major disassembly, disrepair or in the process of being stripped or dismantled. Nothing herein contained shall be deemed to prohibit the placing, keeping or storage of any such article in an enclosed garage, barn or other building.
If any article described in § 418-1 of this chapter shall be left, placed, kept or stored on private lands for 15 days or more, it shall be presumed that the owner or tenant in possession of said land left, placed, kept or stored it there or permitted or suffered it to be left, placed, kept or stored there.
[Amended 5-13-1975 by Ord. No. 21-75]
Whenever it shall appear to any member of the Police Department or to the Code Enforcer, or Building Inspector, or any other official of the Township of Jackson, that § 418-2 of this chapter is being violated and that the land on which the violation exists is privately owned, he shall, in writing, notify the owner or tenant in possession of the land on which the violation exists to abate the violation by removing the article or articles constituting the violation from Jackson Township or into an enclosed garage, barn or other building within 10 days of the service of the notice. Said notice shall be served upon such owner or tenant, if he resides in Jackson Township, personally or by leaving it at his usual place of abode with some member of his household over the age of 14 years; but if any such owner or tenant shall reside outside Jackson Township, the notice shall be served upon him by registered or certified mail addressed to him at his usual residence, if ascertainable, otherwise by notice published in the newspaper in which the legal notices of Jackson Township may be published. The owner or tenant shall so abate the violation within the time fixed by the notice. For the purpose of this chapter, the Police Department, Code Enforcer, Building Inspector and any other municipal official are enforcement officers.
Whenever it shall appear to any member of the Police Department of Jackson Township that § 418-2 of the chapter is being violated and that the violation exists on public lands or between the right-of-way sidelines of any public thoroughfare, he shall:
Determine whether any article constituting the violation constitutes or may constitute a traffic hazard, and if so, he shall move it or cause it to be moved to a nonhazardous location or into an enclosed storage place.
Ascertain, if he can, who is the owner of the article or articles and shall, in writing, notify such owner to abate the violation forthwith and in all events within 10 days after the service of the notice upon him, which notice shall be given as required in § 418-4 for the service of notice thereunder.
If any article constituting the violation constitutes or may constitute a traffic hazard and it cannot be moved to a nonhazardous location, or if the name and address of the owner of the article cannot be ascertained, or if the violation is not abated in the time required by the notice given under the foregoing Subsection B:
Determine whether the article or articles have a value in excess of the cost of removing it or them to enclosed storage and the cost of storing it or them for 30 days in the case of motor vehicles and for six months for all other articles.
Unless the article or articles appear to have a value clearly in excess of such cost, he shall arrange, if he can, for the removal of it or them by someone who will undertake that removal without cost to Jackson Township, but otherwise he shall arrange for that removal at the expense of Jackson Township to an authorized dump.
If the article or articles appear to have a value clearly in excess of said cost, he shall remove it or them or cause it or them to be removed at the expense of Jackson Township to enclosed storage.
If the articles are removed under the foregoing Subsection A or Subsection C(2) or (3), he shall, in the manner required by § 418-4 for service of notice thereunder, give notice to the owner of that removal and of the place to which the article or articles have been removed and of the owner's right to reclaim it or them by paying the cost of removal and interim storage charges.
If any article impounded by the Police Department of Jackson Township under this chapter shall remain in its possession for 30 days after notice of the impounding in the case of motor vehicles and for six months for all other articles, the impounded article shall be deemed to have been abandoned and forfeited by the owner, and the article shall be sold and disposed of as provided by N.J.S.A. 39:10A-1 et seq. in the case of motor vehicles and as provided by N.J.S.A. 40:47-20 in the case of all other articles.
Editor's Note: N.J.S.A. 40:47-20 was repealed by P.L. 1971, c. 197. See now N.J.S.A. 40A:14-157.
Anyone who shall violate this chapter shall be fined not more than $500 or be imprisoned in the county jail for not more than 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Judge before whom he may be convicted.