(a)   No person shall display, store or maintain automobile parts or tires for any vehicle, whether new or used, in a place which is open to the public view, unless the area where the automobile parts or tires are displayed, stored or maintained is inside an enclosed structure, such as a building, garage, etc.  The PUBLIC VIEW means that the automobile parts or tires are visible from any residential property, other than the property where the parts or tires are stored or maintained, from a public street or alley, or from any other public place.
   (b)   Automobile parts include any and all composite parts of any motor vehicle, as that term is defined in Ohio R.C. 4501.01(B).
   (c)   For the purpose of this section, a TIRE includes a solid tire or pneumatic tire for any type of vehicle, as defined in Ohio R.C. 4501.01(A).
   (d)   This section does not prohibit the operation of automobile wrecking and junk yards, other salvage operations, etc., so long as such businesses are:
      (1)   Operated in accordance with the requirements of Part 12 of the Codified Ordinances; and
      (2)   The place of operation is not used as a residence.
   (e)   This section does not prohibit the seller of new or used tires from displaying tires for sale in the public view, so long as the tires are displayed only during the seller’s regular hours of operation and are removed from public view, as that term is defined in division (a), during all other hours.
   (f)   Whoever violates any provision of this section shall be guilty of a minor misdemeanor on the first offense; if the offender has been previously convicted of violating this section, the offender shall be guilty of a fourth degree misdemeanor.  Upon a finding of guilt, the Court may order the offender to remove all parts or tires to a place where they may be lawfully stored and/or maintained, and may, upon failure to comply by the offender, authorize the City to remove the parts and tires at the expense of the offender.
(Ord. 2001-32, passed 3-20-2001)