[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Menands 7-2-2001 by L.L. No. 4-2001. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 160.
It is hereby declared that abandoned, junked, discarded, dismantled and unregistered motor vehicles in and upon privately owned real property within the Village of Menands are a matter affecting the public interest. They constitute a nuisance in that health, fire and safety hazards are created. They constitute an attractive nuisance to children and are a peril to their safety. This matter is a source of vexation and annoyance and depreciates the value of neighboring properties. The preservation of public health and protection of property and the elimination of public hazards compel the Board of Trustees of the Village of Menands to legislate on this matter. It is hereby declared that adoption of this chapter has for its purpose the effect of termination of such practices.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:
- JUNKED VEHICLE
- Any vehicle, including but not limited to a trailer or motorcycle, which fails to display a currently valid and properly attached registration sticker. This shall apply to such vehicles which are offered for sale.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation, whether as owner, occupant, lessee, agent, tenant, vehicle owner or otherwise, to store or deposit or cause or permit to be stored or deposited a junked vehicle in and upon any vacant lot or land or vacant space or upon the surface of any lot or land, fenced or otherwise, within the Village of Menands. Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit the parking of junked vehicle in a private garage that is completely enclosed.
If the provisions of the foregoing section are violated, the Village Building Inspector, Chief Fire Inspector, Chief of Police or an authorized employee of these departments shall serve written notice, either personally or by mail, upon the vehicle owner or the owner, occupant or person having charge of the land upon which any junked vehicle is located. To comply with the provisions of this chapter, such person served shall be given 30 days from the date of such notice to remove the junked vehicle.
This chapter shall not apply to properties used in conjunction with a legally established motor vehicle station, repair shop or dealership in use.
[Amended 2-5-2007 by L.L. No. 7-2007]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof; be punishable by a fine of no less than $25 nor more than $250 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or both, for the first offense, and by a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 20 days, or both, for each subsequent violation, in addition to any expenses incurred by the Village. For the purposes of this chapter, each day that the condition is not remedied after the expiration of the time given to remove the junked vehicle shall constitute a subsequent offense.
The Building Inspector, Chief Fire Inspector, Chief of Police or authorized employee of these departments, in enforcing the provisions of this chapter, shall have the power to enter, examine and inspect any land, lot, yard, court or building to determine whether any violations exist.
The Village of Menands Police Department shall assist the Building Inspector, Chief Fire Inspector or authorized employee of these departments in determining property or vehicle owner identification information and license plate and registration validity.