[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Saugerties 2-19-2008 by L.L. No. 3-2008. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Property maintenance — See Ch. 142.
Public order — See Ch. 145.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 165.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 191.
Zoning — See Ch. 210.
Editor's Note: This local law also superseded former Ch. 188, Vehicles, Abandoned and Unlicensed, adopted 7-16-1984 by L.L. No. 1-1984 as Ch. 117 of the 1984 Code.
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Saugerties finds that the accumulation of inoperable motor vehicles on premises within the Village is unsightly, is a threat to property values, is a potential safety hazard to children, is a source of annoyance to neighboring property owners, and is a general public nuisance and threat to the environment. Accordingly, the Village Board declares that the storage of such inoperable vehicles constitutes a threat to public health and safety.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ACCUMULATION OF INOPERABLE MOTOR VEHICLES
- Keeping or storage of such a vehicle upon premises anywhere within the Village of Saugerties is prohibited, with the following exceptions:
- A. On the premises of a New York State registered motor vehicle repair shop or a public gasoline/service station, provided that such occupancy is permitted under the Village Zoning Law and any such other state laws and regulations as may apply thereto.
- B. On the premises of a licensed automobile dealer if the location of such dealer is permitted by the Village Zoning Law.
- C. Within a permanent, fully enclosed building, including a garage.
- D. Vehicle belongs to a family member serving in active duty in the armed forces.
- E. Seasonal vehicles during their off-season if kept in a location not visible from any street, highway or sidewalk.
- F. A recreational vehicle may be stored on the rear yard of a lot, provided that it is stored and maintained in a neat and orderly manner.
- G. A maximum of one unlicensed vehicle may be displayed for private sale within a six-month period on any property in the Village of Saugerties. If after the six-month period the car was not sold, the vehicle must be removed from the property or it must be properly registered with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.[Amended 1-3-2011 by L.L. No. 2-2011]
- INOPERABLE MOTOR VEHICLES
- A motor vehicle which is not currently legally registered or which does not exhibit a currently valid safety inspection sticker and is therefore not legally operable on public streets. The fact that such a vehicle is capable of locomotion shall not affect its inclusion within this definition.
- MOTOR VEHICLES
- All vehicles propelled by a means other than muscular power and intended for use on public highways or waterways and as defined in § 125 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.
- Any location within the Village of Saugerties, including public streets, parks and public parking lots.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or other entity, whether as owner, lessee or occupant, to cause or permit the unauthorized accumulation of inoperable motor vehicles anywhere within the limits of the Village of Saugerties.
If the person or entity responsible for causing or permitting the accumulation of inoperable motor vehicle(s) cannot be determined upon reasonable inquiry, the owner of the premises whereupon such vehicle is discovered shall be notified to remove same within 10 days, via certified mail, return receipt requested, by the Building Inspector.
Violators hereof shall be guilty of a violation in accordance with Penal Law § 10.00, Subdivision 3, punishable by a fine not exceeding $250 in accordance with Penal Law § 80.05, Subdivision 4, and a term of imprisonment not to exceed 15 days, or by both.
Each week that such violation persists shall constitute a separate offense hereunder.
In addition to the above provided penalties, the Village Board may maintain an action or proceeding in the name of the Village in a court of competent jurisdiction to compel compliance with, or to restrain by injunction the violation of, this chapter.
Violators hereof shall be issued an appearance ticket by the Building Inspector or police returnable in the Village Court and shall be prosecuted therein.
Inoperable motor vehicles found within the Village streets, rights-of-way or on other Village property, whose owners cannot be found with due diligence, may be treated as abandoned property under the provisions of the Personal Property Law and General Municipal Law.