CONCORD TWP. — Concord Township Trustees are planning to tighten up its junk motor vehicle laws with a more restricted resolution.
A rough draft of the proposed resolution was reviewed at the trustee meeting on Tuesday.
According to the Concord Township Trustee’s draft, the definition of “junk motor vehicle” is any motor vehicle that is unlicensed or improperly licensed or uninsured, unless stored in a completely enclosed building; or any motor vehicle as defined by sections 505.173 or 4513.63 of the Ohio Revised Code, not stored in a completely enclosed building. No person shall openly store, park, or have any junk motor vehicle on private or public property within the township for a period of 48 hours or longer exclusive of O.R.C. 4737.05 or O.R.C. 4501.01 (F).
Those found in violation of the resolution could be charged with a fourth degree misdemeanor for the first offense and a second offense within one year could be charged with a second degree misdemeanor, which could include fines and jail time.
Trustee Don Pence requested to begin to take action on the revised resolution at the March 1 meeting to allow community input. The four-week window will also allow time for the trustees to submit their draft to legal counsel at the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
“Historically, thank heavens, we have very few complaints with junk motor vehicles,” said trustee Tom Mercer. “We had one recently that caused us to review this, so we really hadn’t had anything since 2011.”
Mercer said the county’s zoning and planning law only addresses if multiple vehicles are in violation. The township’s revised resolution includes singular vehicles in violation. The county’s law was adopted by the township in 2011. If someone is in violation of multiple vehicles, the township defers the issue to the county.
Mercer also stated he consulted with Chief Deputy Dave Duchak about the enforcement of the township’s new resolution.
“I’m suggesting in our resolution that we expect these people, if they have such a vehicle, to put it in an enclosed facility that is not visible to the neighbors or those who pass by,” Mercer said.
Collector’s vehicles must also be stored in an enclosed facility.
According to the ORC 505.173 “Storage of junk motor vehicles,” collector’s vehicles are only considered to be “junk” if they meet the following criteria: more than three model years old, apparently inoperable, and extensively damaged.
Another criteria under ORC 4513.63 for junk vehicles includes “having a fair market value of $1,500 or less.” This revised code also gives local law enforcement authority to enforce junk vehicle violations.
For more details, contact a Concord Township trustee.
In other township news:
• Trustees approved to spend $2,214 for “Agreed Upon Procedure” audit. The audit will take approximately a week to perform.
• Trustees also approved its website update with its vendor for $1,300. The update is to make the township’s website more user friendly and accessible on Smartphones and other devices.
• The next meeting of Concord Township Trustees will be at 10 a.m. Feb. 16.
For more information visit www.concord-township.com.
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