§ 71.12  TOWING AND IMPOUNDMENT OF VEHICLES IN VIOLATION OF THIS CHAPTER.
   (A)   If a police officer or traffic enforcement or public safety officer shall find on a public street or in a parking lot or other area open to the public any motor vehicle as to which there exists a balance due of $100 or more, including penalties, in outstanding unpaid parking citations, such officer may cause that vehicle to be towed and impounded, and said vehicle shall not be released unless and until the towing fees, storage fees and all parking fines have been paid and a notice authorizing release is obtained from the Police Department.
   (B)   The police officers of the city, upon finding an unattended vehicle as described in § 71.04(H) of this chapter, are hereby authorized and empowered to cause said vehicle to be towed and impounded.
   (C)   Upon finding violations of the following prohibitive acts, a police officer or traffic enforcement officer, at his/her discretion, is hereby authorized and empowered to cause said vehicle to be towed and impounded if said vehicle is impeding the flow of traffic, is a hazard to pedestrians or to other vehicles, or is a potential danger to persons or property.
      (1)   In any intersection.
      (2)   In a crosswalk.
      (3)   At any place where the vehicle would block the use of a driveway.
      (4)   Within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to any Fire Department station and on the side of the street opposite the entrance of any such station within 75 feet to such entrance when properly posted.
      (5)   On any sidewalk or parkway.
      (6)   At any place so designated and marked by red or yellow paint by the Board of Commissioners by order or ordinance.
      (7)   In any fire lane, or in front of, or within 10 feet of, a fire hydrant or stand pipe.
   (D)   In addition to the other penalties prescribed herein, the police officers or traffic enforcement officers of the city, upon finding an unattended motor vehicle parked on any street of the city are hereby authorized and empowered to cause said vehicle to be towed and impounded.  Before the vehicle can be towed, a 48 hour notice shall be placed on the vehicle and said 48 hour time period must have lapsed.  If impounded, the vehicle will be towed to a secure place for safekeeping and the said vehicle shall not be released or delivered to the owner or operator thereof until and unless the penalties due from him/her to the city, the towing fee and storage charges, if any, have been fully paid, and a permit authorizing release is obtained from the Police Department.
(Ord. 85-11, passed 8-20-85; Am. Ord. 94-44, passed 10-18-94; Am. Ord. 99-13, passed 5-4-99; Am. Ord. 09-15, passed 7-28-09; Am. Ord. 12-29, passed 7-24-12)   Penalty, see § 71.99