ARTICLE ISnow and Other Emergencies (§ 183-1 — § 183-3)
§ 183-1Removal and storage of parked, abandoned or unattended vehicles.
§ 183-2Storage locations.
§ 183-3Removal and storage charges; penalties for offenses.
Pursuant to the authority conferred by § 1660, Subdivision (a)8, of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York, the Superintendent of Highways of the Town of Austerlitz shall have the power, during any snowstorm, flood, fire or other public emergency, to remove and store, without prior notice to the owner or operator, any vehicle found parked, abandoned or unattended on any public highway when such vehicle constitutes an obstruction to traffic or prevents the Town Highway Department from plowing, maintaining, or providing access over said highway.
Any such parked, abandoned or unattended vehicle may be removed and stored upon adjacent lands of the owner or operator, if known to the Superintendent of Highways, or the Town Highway Garage premises.
The owner and/or operator of any parked, abandoned or unattended vehicle removed and/or stored by the Superintendent of Highways under the provisions of this article shall be liable for the payment of a removal charge of $50 and a storage charge of $10 per day if the removed vehicle is stored at the Town Highway Garage facilities. Any such charges will be payable to the Town of Austerlitz and shall be paid before the removed vehicle is released to the owner or operator. Such charges shall constitute a civil penalty and may be collected by the Town in a small claims proceeding instituted in the Town Justice's Court.