[Adopted 7-12-1966 by Ord. No. 14-1966]
It is hereby declared and found that abandoned, junked, discarded, dismantled and unlicensed motor vehicles in and upon real property within the City of Cohoes is a matter affecting the public interest, that it constitutes a nuisance in that health, fire and safety hazards are created and that consequently this matter is subject to supervision and control for the purpose of safeguarding the public health, safety and general welfare of the people of the City of Cohoes, New York.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- JUNK VEHICLE
- Any vehicle designed for operation by any power other than muscular power, but including a trailer, lacking a current registration plate and which has been abandoned, junked, discarded, dismantled (in whole or in part) or is in a rusted or wrecked condition or which is not in condition for legal use upon the highways.
[Amended 5-28-1968 by Ord. No. 48-1968; 7-10-1973 by Ord. No. 87-1973; 9-26-2000 by Ord. No. 9-2000]
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to store, deposit or abandon or to cause or permit to be stored, deposited or abandoned a junk car or motorcycle or parts thereof on any real property within the City of Cohoes for a period in excess of seven days, whether or not such real property is owned or leased by such person, firm or corporation. The provisions of this article shall not apply to a motor vehicle or motorcycle housed in a garage. The provisions of this section shall not apply to a vehicle lacking a current registration plate, but which is, nevertheless, in satisfactory condition so as not to be blight, eyesore or danger, and is in a condition for legal use upon a public highway, and is parked in a driveway or private parking area with owner approval, or is parked at a licensed professional garage or mechanic shop.
[Amended 6-23-1992 by Ord. No. 42-1992; 5-25-1999 by Ord. No. 28-1999; 9-26-2000 by Ord. No. 9-2000]
Any person violating the provisions of this article shall be liable for and pay a penalty of up to $250 for the first offense and up to $500 for the second and subsequent offense. Fifteen days in jail or up to 100 hours' community service may be substituted for, or in addition to, a fine for any second or subsequent offense.