Cart Ordinances

Lemoore, CA

Lemoore, CA
4-5-1: PURPOSE; DECLARATION OF NUISANCE:
The proliferation of lost or stolen shopping carts abandoned or discarded on public and private property causes blighting conditions in the community, results in the obstruction of free access to public and private sidewalks, streets, parking lots and other ways, and impedes emergency services. For the aforesaid reasons, such lost, stolen or abandoned shopping carts are hereby declared to be a public nuisance which shall be subject to abatement in the manner set forth in this chapter. The purpose of this chapter is to set forth reasonable regulations for the removal of lost or abandoned shopping carts from public or private property, to complement and supplement provisions of state law, and to adopt local regulations to the extent not otherwise preempted by state statute. (Ord. 2001-04, 4-17-2001)
4-5-4: RETRIEVAL OF SHOPPING CARTS:
A. The city may immediately retrieve any lost, stolen or abandoned shopping cart within the city where the location of the shopping cart will impede emergency services within the meaning of section 22435.7(c) of the Business and Professions Code of the state of California.
B. The city may immediately retrieve any lost, stolen or abandoned shopping cart within the city which shopping cart does not have the required identification affixed thereto.
C. The city may retrieve any lost, stolen or abandoned shopping cart within the city which shopping cart has the required identification affixed thereto after providing the requisite notice to the owner of the shopping cart, or his or her agent, as required by section 22435.7(b) of the Business and Professions Code of the state of California unless such notice has been voluntarily waived by the owner or his or her agent. (Ord. 2001-04, 4-17-2001)
4-5-5: STORAGE AND DISPOSAL OF SHOPPING CARTS:
A. Any shopping cart retrieved by the city pursuant to section 4-5-4 of this chapter, or pursuant to section 22435.7 of the Business and Professions Code, shall be impounded and removed to the cart storage yard.
B. Any shopping cart which does not have the required identification affixed thereto and is impounded by the city shall be stored and disposed of as follows:
1. The enforcement personnel retrieving the shopping cart shall attach a tag thereto, or make a written report, identifying the date, time and general location from where the shopping cart was removed as well as the name of the enforcement personnel who retrieved the shopping cart.
2. The shopping cart shall be delivered and custody thereof given to the custodian at the cart storage yard.
3. If the shopping cart has the name, address, telephone number, or other identifying marks of any retail establishment or person thereon, the city shall attempt to notify such establishment or person of the retrieval and location of the shopping cart and provide an opportunity for such establishment or person to establish ownership or the right to possession of the retrieved shopping cart to the custodian. In addition, if the shopping cart was retrieved from private property, the city shall attempt to notify the owner or occupant, if any, of such property and provide an opportunity for such owner or occupant to establish ownership or the right to possession of the retrieved shopping cart to the custodian.
4. The shopping cart shall be released to any establishment or person who submits evidence satisfactory to the custodian to prove ownership or the right to possession of the shopping cart. The shopping cart shall be released only upon payment of the retrieval fee and applicable storage charges as established by resolution of the city council of the city; provided, however, no fee shall be required in any instance where the owner or person entitled to possession of the shopping cart proves to the satisfaction of the custodian that said shopping cart was not a lost, stolen or abandoned shopping cart within the meaning of this chapter.
5. If the owner or other person or establishment entitled to possession of a lost, stolen or abandoned shopping cart does not appear and present evidence satisfactory to the custodian for the release of the shopping cart within ninety (90) calendar days following the date said cart is retrieved by the city, the shopping cart may be sold or disposed of by the custodian.
C. Any shopping cart which has the required identification affixed thereto and is impounded by the city following compliance with the applicable provisions of section 4-5-4 of this chapter shall be stored and disposed of as follows:
1. The enforcement personnel retrieving the shopping cart shall attach a tag thereto, or make a written report, identifying the date, time and general location from where the shopping cart was removed as well as the name of the enforcement personnel who retrieved the shopping cart.
2. The shopping cart shall be delivered and custody thereof given to the custodian at the cart storage yard.
3. The city shall provide a written notice of violation to the retail establishment or owner as identified on the required identification informing such owner or establishment of the retrieval and location of the shopping cart. In addition, if the shopping cart was retrieved from private property, the city shall attempt to notify the owner or occupant, if any, of such property of the retrieval and location of the shopping cart and provide an opportunity for such owner or occupant to establish ownership or the right to possession of the retrieved shopping cart to the custodian.
4. The shopping cart shall be released to any establishment or person who submits evidence satisfactory to the custodian to prove ownership or the right to possession of the shopping cart. The shopping cart shall be released only upon payment of the fine, if any, established by section 4-5-7 of this chapter, the redemption fee and applicable storage charges as established by resolution of the city council of the city; provided, however, no fee or charges shall be imposed or required in any instance where the owner or person entitled to possession of the shopping cart proves to the satisfaction of the custodian that said shopping cart was not a lost, stolen or abandoned shopping cart within the meaning of this chapter. In addition, no fee or charges shall be imposed or required to the extent the city and the owner or retail establishment have entered into an agreement waiving any such fee or charges, or any portion thereof, pursuant to section 4-5-8 of this chapter.
5. If the owner or other person or establishment entitled to possession of the shopping cart does not appear and present evidence satisfactory to the custodian for the release of the shopping cart within thirty (30) calendar days following the date of the notice of violation provided herein, the shopping cart may be sold or disposed of by the custodian. (Ord. 2001-04, 4-17-2001)
4-5-7: FINES FOR VIOLATIONS:
The owner of a shopping cart shall pay a fine, and there is hereby imposed upon such owner as a debt owing to the city, the sum of fifty dollars ($50.00) for each occurrence in excess of three (3) occurrences during any six (6) month period for failure to retrieve shopping carts in accordance with section 22435.7 of the Business and Professions Code of the state of California. (Ord. 2001-04, 4-17-2001)

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