[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Wallingford 3-8-2011 by Ord. No. 567. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 198.
Towing - See Ch. 207.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 216.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 214, Vehicles, Abandoned, adopted 10-25-1977 by Ord. No. 237.
The Town Council finds that the proliferation of abandoned, inoperable or unregistered motor vehicles in the Town of Wallingford poses a threat to the environment and becomes a source of litter and other waste and hereby enacts this chapter to respond to such threat pursuant to the authority of §§ 14-150a and 7-148 of the Connecticut General Statutes.
It shall be a violation of this chapter to deposit, park, place, permit to remain or store any abandoned, inoperable or unregistered motor vehicle on any property within the limits of the Town of Wallingford which remains unmoved off the property for 30 days after:
Written notice to the owner of the property on which such motor vehicle is situated requesting its removal. The reintroduction of such motor vehicle on such property within 60 days of the written notice, after having been removed within said thirty-day period, shall constitute a continuing violation from the date of the written notice; and
Notice in a newspaper having a substantial circulation in the Town of Wallingford, but only in the event the Town of Wallingford intends to have such vehicle towed off the property.
Each such abandoned, inoperable or unregistered motor vehicle on such property shall constitute a separate violation of this chapter, and the written notice shall describe each such vehicle separately.
The keeping or storage of abandoned, inoperable or unregistered motor vehicles on property where such use is permitted by law.
The keeping or storage of abandoned, inoperable or unregistered motor vehicles in a building or other structure, temporary or permanent, defined herein as any structure having a roof supported by columns or walls which completely enclose the interior and which has a floor constructed of impervious material or other means of preventing the infiltration of any oil or other contaminants leaking from such motor vehicle onto unprotected open soil.
The Chief of Police and/or his designee shall be responsible for notifying the owner of the property where such motor vehicle is kept or stored; for causing publication of any notice providing for removal and disposition of any such motor vehicle; and for levying any fine for violation of this chapter.
[Amended 4-9-2013 by Ord. No. 586]
Any person who violates this chapter is guilty of an infraction and shall be fined in accordance with the State of Connecticut Infraction Schedule for a violation of Connecticut General Statutes, § 14-150a, as amended.