Article VII. Abandoned Motor Vehicles

Section 17-45. Definitions.

For the purpose of this article, the terms used herein are defined as follows.

"Abandoned automobile." Any motor vehicle, including automobiles and trucks, located on private property, not within a completely enclosed structure or building which can be easily secured against potential health and safety hazards and whose engine or motor or any other essential part is inoperable or has been removed, or whose tires or any tire has been deflated or its wheel or wheels have been removed.

"Zoning Inspector. The Zoning Inspector of the Town of Easton.

(Ordinance 94 effective 8/11/1980)

Section 17-46. Prohibition and removal.

(A) It shall be unlawful to store or deposit an abandoned automobile or part thereof on private property, vacant or occupied.

(B) If the Zoning Inspector determines that any abandoned automobile or part thereof presents a threat to the public health, safety, or welfare, the Zoning Inspector shall order by certified mail, return receipt requested, the owner of the property on which the abandoned automobile or part thereof within five days of the date of the order. If, after the expiration of the five-day period, the abandoned automobile or part thereof is not removed from the property, the Zoning Inspector may arrange for the removal of the material by employees of the town or by other persons. Any cost or expense incurred thereby shall be payable by the property owner and shall constitute a lien upon the real property upon which the abandoned automobile was located.

(Ordinance 94 effective 8/11/1980)