CHAPTER 8.36: REGULATION OF THE REMOVAL OF LAUNDRY CARTS AND CARTS FROM PARKING FACILITIES WITHIN THE CITY
Section 8.36.050: Unauthorized removal or possession - Prohibited.
a) It is unlawful for any person to do any of the following acts:
1) To remove or cause to be removed any cart from a parking facility without prior written consent of the owner of such cart;
2) To possess any cart that has been removed from a parking facility without the prior written consent of the owner of such cart with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive the owner of possession.
Section 8.36.060: Identification - Required.
a) Each cart shall have a sign permanently affixed to it with the following information:
1) Identification of the owner of the cart or the business furnishing the cart for use or both;
2) The procedure required for authorized removal of the cart from the parking facility;
3) Notification that the unauthorized removal of the cart from the parking facility or unauthorized possession of the cart is a violation of law; and
4) A valid telephone number or address for returning the cart removed from the parking facility to the owner of the cart.
Section 8.36.070: Removal from parking facilities - Posting of notice.
a) All business establishments furnishing a cart shall post a sign not less than 18 inches in width and 24 inches in height with block lettering not less than one-half inch in width and two inches in height in a conspicuous place within ten feet of all customer entrances and exists stating, in substantial form, the following: REMOVAL OF SHOPPING CARTS (or laundry carts, if applicable) FROM THE PARKING FACILITIES WITHOUT THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE MANAGER IS PROHIBITED BY LAW. Corona Municipal Code Section 8.36.050.
Section 8.36.090: Abandoned - Abatement and storage.
a) The Director shall have the authority to remove any abandoned cart on public or private property under the following conditions.
1) If the abandoned cart is affixed with the identification required under § 8.36.060, removal may occur three business days after the Director gives the owner of the cart actual notice of the cart's discovery and location. An owner is deemed to have actual notice three days after the deposit of written notice in the United States mail, posted first-class to the address indicated on the cart or the owner’s last known address. If actual notice is provided by telephone, the Director shall maintain a record of the time, date and name of the person notified.
2) If the abandoned cart is not affixed with the identification required under § 8.36.060, removal may occur either after the Director notifies the owner of the cart by telephone of the cart’s discovery and location and grants a reasonable period of time, not to exceed three business days, for the owner to retrieve such cart or immediately after reasonable efforts by the Director to notify the owner of the cart by telephone have failed. The Director shall maintain a record of the time, date and name of the person notified or attempted to be notified.
3) If the abandoned cart will impede emergency services, removal may occur immediately without any notice whatsoever. Any abandoned cart removed from public or private property by the Director shall be stored for 30 days at the Department of Public Works in the city or at a location designated by the Director which is reasonably convenient to the owner of the cart and open for business at least six hours of each business day.
Section 8.36.100: Notice of violation - Unidentified cart.
a) Within ten days of the removal of an abandoned cart pursuant to § 8.36.90, the Director shall provide notice to any known owner of the cart by first-class mail at the address indicated on the cart or the owner’s last known address. The notice shall include the following information:
1) Date and location of removal of the cart from public or private property;
2) Procedure for recovering such cart; and
3) Last possible date such cart may be recovered.
b) If the owner of the cart is unknown and not clearly identified on the cart, the cart shall be designated "unidentified." Immediately following such designation, the Director shall file a record with the City Clerk for each unidentified cart containing the information above and a brief description of the cart.
Section 8.36.110: Removal and storage - Assessment of costs.
a) Any abandoned cart removed from public or private property and stored pursuant to § 8.36.090 shall be released to the lawful owner of the cart if claimed within 30 days after the removal and upon payment of reasonable redemption fees.
b) The redemption fees for the removal and storage of any abandoned cart shall be established by City Council resolution and shall cover all costs of removal, storage and related administrative procedures. The schedule for such fees shall remain on file and be available in the office of the City Clerk. The Director shall review such fees once annually and may recommend revisions to the City Council.
Section 8.36.130: Penalty - Misdemeanor - Fine.
a) Any person violating § 8.36.050 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
b) Any person violating §§ 8.36.060 or 8.36.070 shall be guilty of an infraction.
c) Any owner of the cart shall be fined $50 for each occurrence under this chapter in excess of three during a six month period. An "occurrence" for purposes of this division means all abandoned carts belonging to the owner removed and stored in accordance with the chapter during a one day period.
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