When used in this chapter, the following words, terms and phrases shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
   ABANDONED VEHICLE. Is a vehicle that:
      (1)   Is left upon a public street or highway in violation of a law or ordinance prohibiting parking;
      (2)   Is left on a public street or highway for longer than seven days or is determined by law enforcement to be a hazard to the motoring public;
      (3)   Is left on property owned or operated by the town for longer than 24 hours; or
      (4)   Is left on private property without the consent of the owner, occupant or lessee of such property for longer than two hours.
   AUTHORIZING OFFICIAL(S). The Police Department or the code enforcement officer, respectively, designated to authorize the removal of vehicles under the provisions of this chapter.
   CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. The town employee(s) designated by the Town Manager to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
   JUNKED MOTOR VEHICLE. A vehicle that:
      (1)   Is partially dismantled or wrecked;
      (2)   Cannot be self-propelled or moved in the manner in which it was originally intended to move; or
      (3)   Does not display a current license plate lawfully upon that vehicle.
   MOTOR VEHICLE AND VEHICLE. All machines designed or intended to travel over land by self-propulsion or while attached to any self-propelled vehicle.
   NUISANCE VEHICLE. A junked motor vehicle on public or private property that is determined and declared by the code enforcement officer to be a health or safety hazard to neighboring residents or businesses or to the public, including but not limited to a vehicle found to:
      (1)   Be a point of concentration of gasoline, oil or other flammable or explosive materials;
      (2)   Have accessible areas of confinement that cannot be opened from the inside, such as trunks, hoods, etc.;
      (3)   Be in danger of falling or turning over;
      (4)   Be a point of collection of garbage, food waste, animal waste, or any other rotten or putrescible matter of any kind;
      (5)   Have exposed sharp parts or edges of metal or glass; or
      (6)   Otherwise pose a health and safety hazard as determined by the code enforcement officer.
(Ord. passed 12-16-2019)