At the October 12, 2015 meeting, the Ramona City Council voted unanimously to remove the requirement to cover inoperable vehicles with a tarp or require them to be hidden behind a fence. Section 3 was amended to reflect this change, and also to require that inoperable vehicles not be an eyesore—this means that hoods must be down, doors closed, all tires on the vehicle, and windows in tact.
CITY OF RAMONA
Enacted: November 8, 2010
Amended: October 12, 2015
AN ORDINANCE TO PREVENT HEALTH AND SAFETY HAZARD, AND TO REDUCE NUISANCE AND BLIGHT WITHIN THE CITY, PROHIBITING THE KEEPING OF INOPERABLE OR JUNKED MOTOR VEHICLES WITHIN THE CITY, AND TO PROVIDE ENFORCEMENT PROVISIONS AND PENALTIES FOR THE VIOLATION OF SAID ORDINANCE.
Section 1: Findings of Governing Body. The governing body of Ramona, KS, finds that junked, wrecked, dismantled, inoperative or abandoned vehicles affect the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of the city and present a blight to the town.
Section 2: Definitions
(a) Vehicle means, without limitation, any automobile, truck, tractor or motorcycle, which, as originally built, contained an engine.
This ordinance does not apply to a motor vehicle, which is currently registered or tagged pursuant to K.S.A. 88-126 to 8-149 inclusive and operable or stored in a garage.
Section 3: Limits and Specifications of vehicles in City Limits of Ramona
a. Each property/household within city limits is limited to two (2) inoperable vehicles.
b. They are to be parked on private property (not in the city right of way). Vehicle cannot be an eyesore—meaning that all doors, windows, hoods, tires, must be in place. (Hood cannot remain up for longer than 24 hours, for immediate car care.)
c. The area around the vehicles must be maintained: No garbage or trash in the vehicle, no debris around the vehicle, area is to be mowed and weeds kept down.
d. The vehicle cannot be jacked up or on blocks except for immediate car care. (No longer than 24 hours). All four tires are to be on the vehicle.
Section 4: No Salvaging Operations are allowed within Ramona City Limits.
Section 5: Enforcement: The City Council will designate a member of council, the mayor, or any city employee to administer or enforce this ordinance.
They will inspect the premises upon receiving a complaint or observes that a nuisance exists.
Upon making any inquiry or inspection, the designated officer will make a written report of findings on a City of Ramona Complaint Form.
The City of Ramona will notify the property owner/renter/owner of the vehicle that they are not in compliance with this ordinance and have 10 days to comply.
Section 6: Penalty Provision, for noncompliance is an automatic fine plus costs and other lawful sanction including orders of contempt:
Any person found to be in violation of this ordinance is subject to payment of a fine of $100.00.
The penalty for a first repeat offense shall be a fine of not less than $250.
The penalty for any offense, which is a second repeat offense, or any subsequent repeat offense, shall be a fine of not less than $500.
PASSED AND APPROVED BY THE RAMONA CITY COUNCIL, AT RAMONA, MARION COUNTY, KANSAS, THIS 12th DAY OF OCTOBER, 2015.
Approved and signed by: Mayor Byron Noeth
Attested by: Jessica Gilbert, City Clerk
Approved as to Form: Brian Bina, City Attorney