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(1) No person in charge or in control of any premises within the village, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee or otherwise, shall park, storage, leave or permit the parking or storing of any motor vehicle or any vehicle in a wrecked, junked, partially dismantled, unlicensed, inoperative or abandoned condition, whether attended or not, for a period in excess of five calendar days upon any premises in the village, unless the same is completely enclosed within a building, or unless it is in connection with a business enterprise operated in a lawful place and manner and licensed as such, when necessary to the operation of such business enterprise.
(2) A vehicle cannot be parked in the front yard overnight even if it is “for sale” and cannot be “for sale” for more than 14 calendar days per year, per property, one vehicle at a time.
(3) For the purpose of this section, a motor vehicle shall be deemed to be in a wrecked or junk condition if any of the following apply:
(a) The vehicle is extremely damaged including but not limited to any of the following: missing wheels, flat or missing tires, missing motors or transmissions.
(b) The vehicle is apparently inoperable for its intended purpose. (Engine does not run, transmission does not move the vehicle, tires are flat or missing.)
(c) The vehicle is not licensed.
(d) The vehicle is placed on jacks, blocks or similar devices for minor or major repairs.
(4) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. A separate offense shall be deemed committed each day during on or which a violation occurs or continues.
(B) Removal required. The accumulation and storage of one or more such motor vehicles in violation of the provisions of this section shall constitute rubbish and unsightly debris, and shall constitute a nuisance, detrimental to the health, safety and general welfare of the inhabitants of the village. The registered owner of the motor vehicle, the person in charge or control of the premises upon which such motor vehicle is located, and the owner of the premises shall remove the same to a place of lawful storage, or shall have the motor vehicle housed within an enclosed building.
(C) Notice to remove. Whenever there are reasonable grounds to believe that a violation of the provisions of this section exists, the Chief of Police shall give, or cause to be given, written notice to the registered owner of any motor vehicle which is in violation of this section, or to the owner or person in lawful possession or control of the premises, by certified mail with return receipt or by personal service, that such motor vehicle is to be removed to a place of lawful storage or to be housed in a building where it will not be visible from the street within ten days.
(D) Removal by village.
(1) In addition to and not in lieu of any other procedure or penalty prescribed in this section, this chapter, or in the Traffic Code for removal of abandoned motor vehicles from private property, if the registered owner of any motor vehicle which is in violation of this section, or the owner or person in lawful possession or control of the premises upon which the same is located, fails, neglects or refuses to remove or house the abandoned, wrecked, junked partially dismantled or inoperative motor vehicle in accordance with the notice given pursuant to the provisions of division (C), the Chief of Police may remove or cause to be removed and dispose of the motor vehicle.
(2) Any and all expenses or costs associated with the removal and disposal of the materials shall be paid by the owner or resident of the premises. The village shall cause a written invoice to be served on the owner and resident. If the invoice is not paid within 30 days of issuance, the costs and expenses may be recovered by an action at law and/or may be assessed against the premises and shall become a lien thereon in the manner provided by law in Ohio R.C. §§ 731.51 through 731.54.
(Ord. 4, 2007, passed 4-17-2007)