(a)   For the purposes of this section junk vehicle means any vehicle that meets the requirements of Ohio Revised Code Section 4513.63(B) to (E) and is abandoned, inoperative, partially or fully dismantled or wrecked, or is without a currently valid license plate. Any such vehicle shall be categorized as either:
      (1)   Restorable- repairs could be made without exceeding the estimated value to place vehicle in operating condition; or
      (2)   Wrecked - economically infeasible to restore to operating condition. The Service Director or other designated official shall make the final determination as to the categorization of any such vehicle.
   (b)   Definitions:
      (1)   “Inoperative condition” means that a vehicle is incapable of being propelled under its own power.
      (2)   “Partially dismantled condition” means that a vehicle has some part missing which is ordinarily an essential component thereof.
      (3)   “Garage” means an enclosed building or part thereof accessory to a main building provided for the storage of passenger automobiles and in which no occupation, business or service for profit is carried on.
      (4)   “Collector’s vehicle” means any motor vehicle which is twenty-five years old or older, and which is owned solely as a collector’s item and for participation in club activities, exhibitions, tours, parades and similar uses, but in no event to be used for general transportation.
   (c)   No junk vehicle as described in this section shall be left in the open on private property for more than seventy-two hours with the permission of the person having the right to the possession of the property, except if the person is operating a junk yard or scrap metal processing facility licensed under authority of Ohio Revised Code 4737.05 to 4737.12; or regulated under authority of the Municipality; or if the property on which the motor vehicle is left is not subject to licensure or regulation by any governmental authority; or unless the person having the right to the possession of the property can establish that the motor vehicle is part of a bona fide commercial operation; or if the motor vehicle is a collector’s vehicle.
   (d)   The Chief of Police, Service Director or any designated personnel may bring or mail notice to the person having the right to the possession of the property on which the junk motor vehicle is left. Within ten days of receipt of the notice, the junk vehicle either shall be housed in a garage or shall be removed from the property.
   (e)   No person shall willfully leave a junk vehicle in the open for more than ten days after receipt of a notice as provided in this section. The fact that the junk vehicle is so left is prima-facie evidence of willful failure to comply with the notice and may result in a citation being issued and the junk vehicle towed at the property owner’s expense. Each subsequent period of thirty days that a junk vehicle continues to be so left constitutes a separate offense.
(Ord. 010619-40. Passed 7-5-01.)
   (f)   Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
(ORC 4513.65)