An Ordinance to secure the public peace, health,
safety, welfare or the residents and property owners of Springport
Township, Jackson County, Michigan, by the regulation of dismantled
or inoperable motor vehicles within said Township; to prescribe
the penalties for the violation thereof and to repeal all ordinances
or parts of ordinances inconsistent with or less restrictive than
THE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SPRINGPORT TOWNSHIP
JACKSON COUNTY, MICHIGAN, ORDAINS:
ARTICLE I - PREAMBLE
Section 1: TITLE
This Ordinance shall be known as the “Springport Township
Motor Vehicle Storage Ordinance.”
Section 2: PURPOSE
The fundamental purpose of this Ordinance is to promote the
public health, safety, and general welfare of the Township and
to prohibit and limit the storage of dismantled or inoperable
Section 3: DEFINITIONS
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this Ordinance,
shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except
where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
Motor vehicle means any wheeled vehicle which is designed to
be self propelled and is not operable upon rails.
Currently unregistered vehicle means any wheeled vehicle which
is designed to be self-propelled and is not operable upon rails
and which does not have a current valid registration plate issued
under the laws of this or any other state pertaining to the registration
of motor vehicles.
Dismantled or partially dismantled motor vehicle means any motor
vehicle from which some part or parts which were ordinarily a
component of such motor vehicle have been removed or are missing.
Inoperable motor vehicle means any motor vehicle which, by reason
of dismantling, disrepair, or other cause, is incapable of being
propelled under its own power or which cannot be lawfully operated
on the streets or highways of this state.
Section 4: STORAGE
No person may park, allow to be present, or permit to be parked
or present any currently unregistered, dismantled, partially dismantled,
or inoperable motor vehicle(s), or any part(s) thereof, on any
premises within the township for a period of more than (14) days
continuously. This section shall not apply to motor vehicles,
or any parts thereof, which are contained within an enclosed building.
It also shall not apply to junk yard that is otherwise in compliance
with other applicable township ordinances. The preceding shall
not be construed to permit use of land or undertaking not allowed
by applicable zoning ordinances.
Section 5: PERMIT
Any person owning a currently unregistered, dismantled, partially
dismantled, or inoperative motor vehicle, and who is repairing,
or is about to have such motor vehicle repaired, may obtain a
permit from the Township Clerk to allow such motor vehicle to
remain on the premises owned or occupied by the applicant for
a period of additional thirty (30) days beyond the fourteen (14)
days permitted in Section 4. The Township Clerk shall issue a
permit under this section upon receipt of a twenty dollar fee
from the applicant.
Section 6: DECLARATION OF NUISANCE
It is hereby determined that the presence of any currently unregistered,
dismantled, partially dismantled, or inoperable motor vehicle,
or any part thereof, on any premises within the Township in violation
of Section 4 tends to result in deteriorated neighborhoods and
such, constitutes a public nuisance inimical to the peace, health,
safety, and welfare of the citizens of the Township.
Section 7: PENALTY
Any person who shall violate or assist in the violation of any
provision of this Ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor,
punishable by a fine of not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00)
and not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment
in the County Jail for a period not exceeding Ninety (90) days
or both, fine and imprisonment. Every day that such violation
shall continue shall constitute a separate and distinct violation
under the provision of this Ordinance.
Section 8: ARRESTS
The Township Board, by its duly constituted officers, the Prosecuting
Attorney of Jackson County, or the duly appointed Attorney for
the Township of Springport may cause complaint to be made for
the violation of the provisions hereof.
Section 9: CIVIL PROCEEDINGS
In addition, the Township Board, by its duly constituted officers,
or any person owning real estate in the Township of Springport,
may institute appropriate Court proceedings to enjoin, abate,
and remove any such nuisance per se or to prevent the continued
violation of this Ordinance.
Section 8: REMEDIES CUMULATIVE
The remedies and penalties herein are cumulative and in addition
to other remedies provided by law.
Section 9: VALIDITY
If any section, provision, or clause of this Ordinance, or the
application thereof to any person or circumstance, is held invalid,
such invalidity shall not affect any remaining portion or application
of this Ordinance which can be given effect without the invalid
portion or application.
Section 1: EFFECTIVENESS
The foregoing Ordinance, or a synopsis thereof, shall be published
in a newspaper of general circulation within the boundaries of
the Township of Springport and qualified under State law to publish
legal notices promptly after its adoption and shall take effect
immediately after publication.
Adopted: February 12, 1996
Effective: March 22, 1996