TOWN OF NEWFANE
ORDINANCE REGULATING OUTDOOR STORAGE OF JUNK AND JUNK VEHICLES TOWN
OF NEWFANE, VERMONT
accordance with 24 V.S.A. SS 1971 et seq., S 2246 and S 2291, the residents
and property owners of the Town of Newfane, notice is hereby given that
the Newfane Board of Selectmen, adopted the Ordinance Regulating Outdoor
Storage of Junk and Junk Vehicles on Thursday, January 3, 2002. The purpose
of the ordinance is to manage and regulate outdoor storage of junk and junk
motor vehicles within its boundaries in order to protect the public health,
safety and well being, and to promote the responsible use of resources and
protection of the environment.
THE ORDINANCE REGULATING OUTDOOR STORAGE OF JUNK AND JUNK VEHICLES
ARTICLE 2. Requirements
ARTICLE 3. Enforcement and Penalties
ARTICLE 4. Severability
ARTICLE 5. Effective Date
This Ordinance Regulating Outdoor Storage of Junk and Junk Vehicles will take effect sixty days from January 3rd, 2002, on March 4th, 2002, unless a petition is signed by 5 percent of the voters of Newfane is filed with the municipal clerk by February 17, 2002, asking for a vote to disapprove the Ordinance Regulating Outdoor Storage of Junk and Junk Vehicles. If a petition is received, the Board of Selectmen will warn a Special Meeting and the voters may vote on that question as provided in 24 V.S.A. S 1973.
NEWFANE BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Jesse W. Anderson
Frederick W. Bacon
Lynn R. Bedell
Richard J. Marek
ORDINANCE REGULATING OUTDOOR
STORAGE OF JUNK AND JUNK VEHICLES
WHEREAS, the town of Newfane has, by authority granted in 24 V.S.A. SS 1971 et seq., 2246 and 2291, the powers to adopt, amend, repeal, and enforce ordinances, and to manage and regulate outdoor storage of junk and junk motor vehicles within its boundaries;
NOW, THEREFORE, to protect the public health, safety and well being, and to promote the responsible use of resources and protection of the environment, the Selectboard of the town of Newfane hereby adopts this ordinance to regulate outdoor storage of junk and junk motor vehicles.
B. "Abutting property owner" means any person or persons, corporation or other entity that owns, leases, or in any other way uses or controls the real property abutting any portion of the property of another.
C. "Enforcement Officer" means any constable, law enforcement officer, zoning administrator, appointed by the Selectboard to enforce the provisions of this ordinance.
D. "Highway" means any highway, road, street or public way, regardless of classification.
E. "Household appliance" means any range, stove, refrigerator, washing machine, clothes dryer, water pump, power tool and the like.
F. "Junk" means old or discarded scrap copper, brass, iron, steel or other metals, or materials including but not limited to tires, household appliances, furniture, rope, rags, batteries, glass, rubber debris, waste, trash, construction debris, plumbing fixtures, or any discarded, dismantled, wrecked, scrapped, or ruined motor vehicle or parts thereof. Any of the above items used in a bona fide agricultural operation are excluded from this definition.
G. "Junkyard" means any place of outdoor storage or deposit that is maintained, operated or used in connection with a business for storing, keeping, processing, buying or selling junk or as a scrap metal processing facility. "Junkyard" also means any place of outdoor storage or deposit, not in connection with a business, which is maintained or used for the storing or keeping of three or more junk motor vehicles which are visible from any portion of a public highway. However, the term does not include a private garbage dump or a sanitary landfill that is in compliance with 24 V.S.A. SS 2201 et seq. and any applicable state regulations. It does not mean a garage where wrecked or disabled motor vehicles are stored for less than 90 days for inspection or repairs.
H. "Junk motor vehicle" means a discarded, dismantled, wrecked, scrapped or ruined motor vehicle or parts thereof, an unregistered motor home not connected to water and/or sewer, or a vehicle other than an on-premise utility vehicle which is allowed to remain unregistered for a period of 30 days from the date of discovery.
I. "Motor vehicle" means any vehicle propelled or drawn by power other than muscular power, including trailers. Functional vehicles and equipment used for agricultural and construction operations are excluded from this definition.
J. "Traveled way" means that portion of a public highway designed for the movement of a motor vehicle, shoulders, and roadside parking, rest, observation areas, and other areas immediately adjacent and contiguous to the traveled portion of the roadway.
B. It shall be unlawful to place, discard or abandon junk or three or more junk motor vehicles upon land of another with or without the consent of the owner, when any such item is visible from the traveled way of the highway or town road, or visible to an abutting landowner from that portion of the abutter's land used on a regular basis. Any such item so placed, discarded or abandoned is hereby declared to be a public nuisance.
C. A person who wishes
to operate a junkyard within the town of Newfane is required to:
* obtain a license to operate, establish or maintain a junkyard from the State of Vermont.
1. Certificate of Approved Location. Application for a certificate of approved location shall be made in writing to the Selectboard of the town of Newfane. The application shall contain a description of the land to be included within the junkyard, which description shall be by reference to so-called permanent boundary markers. The procedures to be followed after an application has been made are those specified in 24 V.S.A. SS 2252-2256, as from time to time amended. The application shall be accompanied by a certificate from the ZBA that the proposed location is not within an established district restricted against such uses or otherwise contrary to such zoning ordinance.
2. State Junkyard License. The procedures for obtaining a junkyard license from the State of Vermont are those specified in 24 V.S.A. SS 2261 - 2264, as from time to time amended.
D. All junkyards, scrap yards, and places of outdoor storage of junk shall be effectively screened from public view by a fence or vegetation at least eight feet in height. Any fence shall be of sound construction and of solid vertical board or 'stockade' type construction, and shall be maintained neatly and in good repair. Such a fence shall not be used for advertising signs or other displays which are visible from the traveled way of a highway. Any vegetation used for screening shall be of sufficient density so that it effectively screens the area from view. Failure to provide screening as required herein shall be considered a violation of this ordinance.
3. Enforcement and Penalties.
B. Additional Provisions
for Junk Motor Vehicles.
2. If the last known registered owner fails or refuses to reclaim the vehicle upon receiving said written notice, or if after an investigation the owner of the vehicle cannot be ascertained, the Selectboard may notify the appropriate state agency, or, at its sole discretion, may cause such vehicle to be removed. In all cases where junk vehicles are located on the land of the same owner, and the true owner of three or more such vehicles cannot be located after the landowner disclaims title to such vehicles, the owner of such land shall be conclusively deemed to be the owner of such vehicles and responsible for their removal, screening or disposal or for the expense of the removal of the same.
3. Further procedures by the state agency are specified in 24 V.S.A. S 2272.
C. A violation of this ordinance shall be a civil matter enforced in accordance with the provisions of 24 V.S.A. SS 1974a and 1977 et seq. A civil penalty of not more than $500 per violation may be imposed for violation of this ordinance. A municipal ticket will be issued 30 days after written notification of violation is mailed by the Selectboard if the violation has not been corrected in accordance with this ordinance. Each day that the violation continues shall constitute a separate violation of this ordinance.
D. The town constable and law enforcement officers shall be designated enforcement officers. Said designees shall issue tickets and may be the appearing officer at any hearing.
E. A violation of this ordinance may lead to superior court action seeking injunctive relief and civil penalties pursuant to 24 V.S.A. S 1974a.
F. All fines, removal expenses and penalties provided for under this ordinance shall constitute a lien against the party against whom they are levied and, in the case of any land owner in the Town of Newfane, against such real property.
5. Effective Date.
Adopted this 3rd
day of January 2002
Michael N. Rohan,
Route 30, P.O. Box 36, Newfane VT 05345, Tel. (802) 365-7772
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