APPROVED May 9, 2023
Frank J. Picozzi, MAYOR
AN ORDINANCE PENALIZING OWNERS OR LESSEES OF VEHICLES USED TO CARRY MATERIALS TO A PLACE AT WHICH THEY ARE ILLEGALLY DUMPED
Be it ordained by the City of Warwick:
Section I: Chapter 22, Article I, of the City of Warwick Code of Ordinances is hereby amended to read as follows:
Sec. 22-1. Unlawful dumping generally.
(a) No person shall dump, deposit or discard any refuse, rubbish, waste, glass, broken ware, tin cans, so-called garbage, filth or trash of any kind upon public or private property within the confines of the city, except at such places as are properly designated for such purpose by the city council.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any vehicle, either owned or leased, to be used to carry materials to a place at which they are illegally dumped. Except for owners of title of leased vehicles and owners of vehicles that are reported stolen prior to being used for illegal dumping, the owner of title or lessor of record of any vehicle used for unlawful dumping activities shall be jointly and individually liable with the operator for the payment of any fines imposed unless the owner or lessor of the vehicle has prima facie proof that the vehicle was used for unlawful dumping by another person who is not an agent or employee of the owner or lessor. Photographs or videos of the vehicle being used in unlawful dumping activities may be used as evidence before the municipal court in prosecuting such offense and imposing any fine on the vehicle owner or lessor. Any municipal court citation for an illegal dumping violation shall be deemed admitted and defaulted after two notices unanswered by the titled owner or lessor of record.
Section II: This Ordinance shall take effect immediately upon its passage and publication as prescribed by law.
SPONSORED BY: COUNCILMAN HOWE
Lynn D’Abrosca, City Clerk
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