Ship Bottom KO’s Junk Car Storage

May 31, 2017

Who hasn’t seen an old, junked car stripped to its underbelly on blocks in a driveway for months on end? Thinking about doing that in Ship Bottom? Think again.

The borough council unanimously revoked an ordinance overseeing the storage of unused motor vehicles May 23 in favor of a stronger edict governing where, when and for how long junk cars or trucks can be stored on property – both private and public – within the borough.

“It used to be as long as it was registered it could stay on private property indefinitely,” Councilman Joe Valyo said, adding that’s not how the new ordinance reads. “If it’s not roadworthy, it needs to be removed.”

Under the new ordinance, any partially dismantled, non-operating, wrecked, junked or discarded motor vehicle is permitted on private property for no more than 14 days. The only exception, according to the ordinance, is if the motor vehicle in question is stored in an enclosed building, such as a garage, or at a lawfully maintained business, such as a service center.

Council President Ed English said the ordinance actually goes a small step farther. “If it has a registration sticker but no inspection sticker, it has to go,” he said.

The new regulation also cuts off storage of such vehicles at a service station at one year after the expiration of the motor vehicle registration, but only if the vehicle is registered with borough police, according to the ordinance.

Individuals found in violation of the new law, if found guilty, will face a fine of up to $500. Additionally, for every day an individual continues to be in violation, they will face a new, separate offense.

In other news, the council approved current finance department employee Dawn Annarumma as new tax collector. She will be taking over the post from Linda Eliasson-Ash, borough tax collector since 1988, who is retiring. Annarumma begins her new appointment June 1.

“She started out in the police department,” Chief Financial Officer Kathleen Flanagan said, adding Annarumma quickly showed potential for finance and made the move to the finance department. She’s currently Flanagan’s assistant.

When approached about going to school to be eligible for her new position, Annarumma agreed, according to Flanagan.

“I am confident she will do a great job,” the CFO added. —G.G.S.

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