As used in this article, unless the context or subject matter otherwise requires, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:
- MOTOR VEHICLE
- An automobile, truck, motorcycle, motorbike, minibike, trail bike, go-cart, snowmobile, golf cart and any other combination of materials which, when assembled, can transport a person and is propelled by any power other than muscular power except:
- UNREGISTERED MOTOR VEHICLE
- A motor vehicle which is not registered in accordance with New York State Motor Vehicle Law for operation on public highways.
- UNLICENSED MINOR
- Any person under the age of 18 who is not duly licensed to operate a motor vehicle in the State of New York.
- PRIVATE ROAD and PUBLIC ROAD
- Any paved or unpaved road or right-of-way which appears on the Official Map of the Village or has been duly approved by the Village Planning Board.
No person shall operate any motor vehicle, registered or unregistered, upon any private road or upon any private property without the consent of the owner or legal occupant thereof.
If any unregistered or registered motor vehicle is operated by an unlicensed minor in violation of § 220-17 of this article, any police officer shall, upon the written complaint of any resident of the Village or upon said police officer witnessing such violation, impound the particular motor vehicle involved in such violation and store the same with the Police Department.
When a motor vehicle is impounded pursuant to this article, the owner may redeem same from the Police Department upon the payment of a $150 charge plus $25 for each day of fraction thereof said vehicle is stored by the Police Department. The $150 charge and the storage fee shall become property of the Village 30 days after the payment of same, unless before such time the owner of such vehicle makes an application to the Village Court requesting a hearing concerning said violation. If after said hearing the Village Court decides such vehicle was used in violation of this article, the impoundment charge and storage fee shall become Village property. If the Village Court finds that such motor vehicle was not used in violation of this article, such charge and storage fee shall be returned to the owner of said motor vehicle. If an unregistered impounded motor vehicle is not redeemed within 60 days from the time it is impounded, the Police Department shall mail a notice to the owner thereof by certified mail, return receipt requested, advising him or her that the Village, after 30 days from the date of said notice, shall proceed to sell such motor vehicle pursuant to Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1224 and the rules and regulations of the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. Any surplus monies remaining after the payment of the impoundment and storage fees and expenses shall be returned to the former owner of said motor vehicle.
For the purposes of this article, the Chief of Police shall be responsible for receiving and caring for any personal property taken into custody, may retain an appraiser to determine the value of same, if required by law, which expenses shall be a part of the expenses of sale or redemption and may dispose of any property having no value or salvage value only either by private sale or by handling same as other Village trash.