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(a) As used in this section:
(1) "Junk" means any worn-out, cast-off or discarded article that is ready for destruction or has been collected or stored for salvage or conversion to some other use. Any article or material which, unaltered or unchanged and without further reconditioning, can be used for its original purpose as readily as when new, is not considered junk.
(2) "Junk motor vehicle" means any motor vehicle that is left uncovered in the open on private real property without being housed in an enclosed garage or other suitable structure for more than seventy-two hours with the permission of the person having the right to the possession of the private real property, except if the person is operating a junk yard or scrap metal processing facility licensed under the authority of Ohio R.C. 4737.05 to 4737.12, inclusive, or regulated by the authority of the City, and further providing that such motor vehicle meets the requirements of Ohio R.C. 4513.63.
(b) No person shall deposit, store, maintain or collect junk or junk motor vehicles on any premises, except junk or junked cars contained within structures in any area within the City which is or will be designated under the Zoning Code to be an industrial district or any area within the City regularly established for automotive junk yards or salvage and scrap metal yards.
(c) The Director of Public Safety or his designated representative, shall send notice, by certified mail, return receipt requested, to any person having the right to the possession of real property upon which a junk motor vehicle or other junk is placed or is allowed to accumulate, that within ten days of the receipt of such notice, the junk motor vehicle or other junk shall either be covered in a garage or other suitable structure, or shall be removed from the property.
(d) No person shall willfully leave a junk motor vehicle or other junk uncovered and in the open for more than ten days after the receipt of the notice provided for in division (c) of this section. The fact that a junk motor vehicle or other junk is so placed or permitted to accumulate is prima-facie evidence of the willful failure to comply with the notice as prescribed, and each period of ten days that any junk motor vehicle or other junk continues to be so deposited or permitted to accumulate constitutes a separate offense.
(e) Whoever violates any of the provisions of this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor on a first offense; on a second offense such person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree; on each subsequent offense thereafter such person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree. The penalty shall be as provided in Section 698.02.
(Ord. 76-38. Passed 7-6-76; Ord. 04-5. Passed 1-20-04.)