For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   ABANDONED AND JUNK MOTOR VEHICLES. Any motor vehicle which shall either be in such deteriorated or destroyed condition as to be unable to be operated safely with due regard to standards set by the state for motor vehicle equipment, and by I.C. 9-13-2-1:
      (1)   A vehicle located on public property illegally;
      (2)   A vehicle left on public property without being moved for 24 hours;
      (3)   A vehicle located on public property in such a manner to constitute a hazard or obstruction to the movement of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on a public right-of-way;
      (4)   A vehicle that has remained on private property without the consent of the owner or person in control of that property for more than 48 hours;
      (5)   A vehicle from which the engine, transmission or differential has been removed or that is otherwise partially dismantled or inoperable and left on public property;
      (6)   A vehicle that has been removed by a towing service or public agency upon request of an officer enforcing a statute or an ordinance other than this chapter if the impounded vehicle is not claimed or redeemed by the owner or the owner’s agent within 20 days after the vehicle’s removal; and
      (7)   A vehicle that is at least three model years old, is mechanically inoperable, and is left on private property continuously in a location visible from public property for more than 72 hours. For purposes of this division (7), a vehicle covered by a tarpaulin or other plastic, vinyl, rubber, cloth or textile covering is considered to be visible.
   ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. A regular or special member of the Town Police Department, or an employee of the town appointed by the Town Council to be responsible for the enforcement of this chapter.
   INOPERATIVE MOTOR VEHICLE. Any motor vehicle not within an enclosed building, in a non- operating condition and in a wrecked, damaged, deteriorated or partially dismantled condition.
   MOTOR VEHICLE. A machine propelled by mechanical power designed to travel along the ground by use of wheels, treads, runners or slides, and which transports persons or property or pulls machinery and shall include, without limitations, automobiles, trucks, trailers, motorcycles and tractor.
   NONEXEMPT REAL ESTATE. All real estate in the county and the town which is not partially or totally exempt real estate, as defined herein, except streets and highways.
   PARTIALLY EXEMPT REAL ESTATE. Real estate upon which is operated a motor vehicle body shop, repair garage or service station in an area not in zoning specifications.
   PERSON. Any persons, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
   STREET or HIGHWAY. Includes alleys and means the entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for the purpose of general travel, both ambulatory and vehicular.
   TOTALLY EXEMPT REAL ESTATE. Real estate upon which is operated a motor vehicle wrecking yard, salvage yard or junk yard in an area not in violation of zoning specifications.
   TOWN. The Town of West Terre Haute, Indiana.
(Ord. passed 8-31-2012)