Ordinance Adoption – Webster Township 8/21/18




At a regular meeting of  the Township  Board of Webster Township, Washtenaw County, Michigan, held at the Webster Township Hall on Thursday, August 21, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.,

Member Scharfmoved to introduce the following Ordinance, which motion was seconded by Member Whitney:

An Ordinance  to  amend the Webster Township Public Nuisances Ordinance, and to repeal any ordinances or parts of ordinances or resolutions in conflict with this Ordinance.


Amendment of Section 3.4. of the Public Nuisances Ordinance:Public Nuisances Per Se:  The Webster Township Public Nuisances Ordinance, Section 3.4. shall be amended to read as follows:

  1. Abandoning, leaving, keeping, or maintaining anInoperable or Junk  Motor Vehicle, unless such Inoperable or Junk Motor Vehicle is either (i) stored in a completely enclosed, permanent building, or (ii) not visible from surrounding properties or from any public place. For purposes of this section:
  2. “Inoperable or Junk Motor Vehicle” means a Motor Vehicle that either: (i) is intended to be self-propelled but is incapable of being propelled under its own power, whether by reason of dismantling, disrepair or other cause; or (ii) does not bear an affixed current license plate and current vehicle registration.
  3. “Motor Vehicle” means, but is not limited to, automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, buses, motorized recreational vehicles, campers, travel trailers, boat trailers, utility trailers, or other similar devices capable of moving or being moved on public right-of-way, and shall also include parts of vehicles, but shall not include farm machinery, prominently displayed ornamental machinery, devices designed to be moved by human or animal power, or devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the following are exempt from the provisions of this

Section 3.4:

(1)      Any Inoperable or Junk Motor Vehicle that is not visible from a public or private street or road, or from other public or private property (including, without limitation, any Inoperable or Junk Motor Vehicle that is completely enclosed within a permanent, fully enclosed building);

(2)       Up to  two  Inoperable  or Junk  Motor  Vehicles that  are  in the  process  of restoration, and that are recognized by national vehicle organizations such as the Vintage Motor Car Club of America, the Specialty Equipment Market Association or the Classic Car Club of America as an antique, vintage, historic, classic, or muscle or special interest vehicle.  Such vehicles, when located in public view prior to or during the restoration

process, shall, upon request by the Zoning Administrator, be moved to a storage or work area not readily visible by the general public;

(3)       Up to two Inoperable or Junk Motor Vehicles for which the landowner can show current registration in his or her name, and for which (s)he submits a declaration expressing his or her intent to bring the same into operating condition within one year from the date of the declaration, and which are not parked on public roads or shared easements; and placed so as minimize public view, and which are kept free of accumulating garbage and other health hazards; and

(4)     With respect to agricultural farm operations located in the Agricultural zoning district, one Inoperable or Junk Motor Vehicle shall be permitted on each such farm operation, provided that the vehicle is either operable, or not readily visible from any public place or from surrounding private property.

Effective Date:This Ordinance shall take effect seven (7) days after publication of a notice of adoption of this Ordinance, unless referendum procedures are initiated under MCL

125.3402. If referendum procedures are initiated, this Ordinance will take effect in accordance with MCL 125.3402.

YEAS: Westman, Whitney, Kingsley, Calleja, Scharf, Kleinschmidt, Koch



Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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