(A)   The City Council finds that abandoned and derelict vehicles: constitute a safety hazard and a public nuisance; are detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the general public by harboring disease, providing breeding places for vermin, inviting plundering, creating fire hazards and presenting physical dangers to children and others; produce scenic blights which degrade the environment and adversely affect land values and the proper maintenance and continuing development of the city; represent a resource out of place and an energy loss to the economy and require local governmental attention in order to assure the expeditious removal of these abandoned and derelict vehicles.
   (B)   The City Council declares, therefore, that it is the policy of the city to prohibit the abandonment of vehicles and the retention of derelicts and to enforce the prohibition by law.
(1980 Code, § 20.1002)