[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Greenville 12-8-1997 by Ord. No. 12; amended in its entirety 1-21-1998. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Terms used in this chapter shall have the following meanings:
No vehicle as herein above defined shall be stored or allowed to remain in the open upon public or private property within the Town of Greenville for a period in excess of one month, unless it is in connection with a duly authorized sales or repair business enterprise located in a properly zoned area. Any violation of this section is a nuisance.
The owner of any property within this Town upon which a vehicle as hereinabove defined is stored or permitted to remain, and also the owner of any such vehicle, shall jointly and severally abate said nuisance by the prompt removal of such vehicle into completely enclosed buildings authorized to be used for such storage purposes if within the limits of the Town, or otherwise remove the same to a location outside the Town.
Whenever the Building Inspector or the Town Constable shall find any such vehicle placed or stored in the open upon public property within the limits of the Town, such vehicle shall be removed to a junk or salvage yard and stored therein for a period of 30 days. At the end of said time, such junk or salvage yard shall dispose of such vehicle unless it has previously been claimed by the owner.
Whenever the Building Inspector or the Town Constable shall find any such vehicle placed or stored in the open upon private property within the limits of the Town, the owner of such property and the owner of the vehicle, if he can be located, shall be given a three-day written notice by certified mail to remove the same. If such vehicle is not removed within the time specified, the Constable shall have it removed by a junk or auto salvage dealer. The cost of removal by such dealer shall be billed jointly and severally to the owner of the property upon which the vehicle had been placed or stored and to the owner of the vehicle if he can be located.
If such vehicles are claimed by the owner, the junk or salvage yard shall charge a reasonable fee for handling and storing.
The provisions of § 296-2 shall not apply to auto salvage yards and/or junkyards that are duly authorized under the ordinances of the Town and have been issued a permit to operate as such salvage yard and/or junkyard under this Code.
When any such vehicle has been removed and placed in storage by the Town as herein provided and such vehicle is not claimed within 30 days after such storage, it shall be sold by the Town. If the proceeds of the sale are insufficient to pay the cost for the removal and storage, said owners jointly and severally shall be liable to the Town for the balance of the costs. If the proceeds are in excess of costs, the balance shall be paid to said owners.