Cart Ordinances

Elgin, IL

Elgin, IL
6.61.010: DEFINITIONS:
SHOPPING CART: A basket which is mounted on wheels or a similar device generally used in a retail establishment, grocery store or a laundromat by a customer for the purpose of transporting goods of any kind.
6.61.020: REMOVAL FROM BUSINESS PREMISES PROHIBITED:
It shall be unlawful for any person to remove any shopping cart from the premises or parking area of any business establishment. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to removal by the owners or employees of the business.
6.61.030: ABANDONMENT PROHIBITED:
It shall be unlawful for any person to abandon or leave any shopping cart which has been removed from the premises of a business establishment upon any public street, alley, sidewalk, parkway or other public property, or upon any private property except that of the owner of such shopping cart.
6.61.040: POSSESSION OF SHOPPING CART OFF BUSINESS PREMISES PROHIBITED:
It shall be unlawful for any person to have in his possession any shopping cart which has been removed from the owner's premises. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to possession by the owner or its employees of the business, nor to possession by any person possessing the express written consent of the owner or its authorized agent.
6.61.080: CITY ABATEMENT:
All shopping carts remaining in any location other than the business establishment shall be deemed abandoned and may be collected and stored by or on behalf of the City. The City shall cause written notification to be sent to the owner of such a shopping cart of any abandoned shopping cart that has been collected by or on behalf of the City. The owner shall within fourteen (14) days from the date of the notification retrieve the shopping cart from the specified storage location. Commencing with the fourth such notification in any calendar year to an owner regarding an abandoned shopping cart the owner of the shopping cart shall be liable for and shall pay to the City a retrieval and storage fee in the amount of twenty five dollars ($25.00) for each cart collected by or on behalf of the City and retrieved by the owner. Any shopping cart not reclaimed by the owner from the specified storage location within fourteen (14) days after notification to the owner shall be sold or otherwise disposed of by or on behalf of the City. The owner of any shopping cart disposed of by or on behalf of the City shall be liable for and shall pay to the City a disposition fee of one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) for each shopping cart disposed. The City Manager is authorized in the City Manager's discretion to retain the services of a private firm to perform on behalf of the City the functions relating to the collection, storage, notification and disposal of shopping carts.
(Ord. G38-00 § 1, 2000)

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