Article V: Inoperable Motor Vehicles

25-5-1 DEFINITIONS. For the purpose of this Article, the following words shall have the meanings ascribed to them as follows:
“Inoperable Motor Vehicle” means any motor vehicle which, for a period of at least seven (7) days, or any greater period, fixed by ordinance; the engine, wheels or other parts have been removed; or in which the engine, wheels or other parts have been altered, damaged, or otherwise so treated, that the vehicle is incapable of being driven under its own motor power. Inoperable Motor Vehicles shall not include a motor vehicle which has been rendered temporarily incapable of being driven under its own motor power in order to perform ordinance service or repair operations; nor shall it apply to any motor vehicle that is kept within a building when not in use or to any operable historical vehicle over 25 years of age or to a motor vehicle on the premises of a place of business engaged in the wrecking or junking of motor vehicles.

25-5-2 DECLARATION OF NUISANCE. All inoperable motor vehicles, whether on public or private property in view of the general public are hereby declared to be a nuisance.

25-5-3 NOTICE TO OWNER. The Police Department shall notify the owner of the motor vehicle, informing him that he shall dispose of nay inoperable vehicles under his control. If the owner fails to dispose of said inoperable vehicles, after seven (7) days form the issuance of the notice, the Police Department may authorize a towing service to remove and take possession of said inoperable vehicle or parts thereof.