[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Corinth 6-3-1992 by L.L. No. 1-1992; amended 5-1-1996 by L.L. No. 3-1996 (Ch. 131 of the 1983 Code). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Corinth hereby finds that the storage or presence of abandoned, junked or inoperative motor vehicles on private property creates a public and private nuisance and is harmful to the public health, safety and welfare. Such vehicles present a source of serious injury, particularly to children, seriously harm the aesthetic qualities of the Village and tend to depreciate the value of properties in the neighborhood and in the Village. The Board of Trustees finds that the problems can be diminished by permitting the storage of such vehicles only within an enclosed building.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A. Any motor vehicle, as defined in the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York, that is:
- (1) Unlicensed, wrecked, stored, discarded, dismantled or partly dismantled.
- (2) Being held or used for the purpose of resale of used parts therefrom or for the purpose of reclaiming for use some or all of the materials therein or for the purpose of disposing of the same.
- (3) In such condition as to cost more to repair and place in operating condition than its reasonable market value prior to such repair.
- (4) Left unattended for more than 96 hours on property of another if left without permission of the property owner.
- B. With respect to any motor vehicle not required to be licensed or not usually used on public highways, the fact that such motor vehicle has remained unused for more than six months and is not in condition to be removed under its own power shall be presumptive evidence that such motor vehicle is an abandoned, junked or inoperative motor vehicle.
- C. The fact that a motor vehicle does not display a current motor vehicle registration or license plate shall be presumptive evidence that such motor vehicle is not in any condition for legal use upon the highways.
- D. The use of the term in the singular herein is intended, where applicable, to include the plural.
- ENCLOSED BUILDING
- A structure consisting of opaque walls, except for usual windows, complying with the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and all local laws of the Village.
- ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL
- Any person authorized to issue appearance tickets in the
Village pursuant to the laws of the State of New York.[Amended 5-7-2014 by L.L. No. 1-2014]
- ILLEGALLY STORE
- To be within view whether covered using a car cover, tarp,
or any other means to obscure one’s ability to ascertain its
status as a legal vehicle or without such means of disguise and/or
fitting the definition of "abandoned, junked or inoperative motor
vehicle," above[Added 1-4-2017 by L.L. No. 1-2017]
- OWNER OF PRIVATE PROPERTY
- Any person, firm, partnership or corporation, whether business, membership, religious, charitable or otherwise, or any association or any other unit or entity owning real property in the Village of Corinth.
[Amended 7-9-1997 by L.L. No. 1-1997; 1-4-2017 by L.L. No. 1-2017]
It shall be unlawful for any person or owner of private property within the Village to store or deposit or cause, suffer or permit to be stored, illegally store or deposited any abandoned, junked or inoperative motor vehicle or part or piece thereof on any private property within the Village at any given time except within an enclosed building. This section shall not apply to junkyards licensed under Chapter 306 of the Corinth Village Code. This section shall not apply to used car dealers or new car dealers which operate under a site plan approval granted under § 500-21 of this Village Code. Motor vehicle repair shops which are registered under the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law shall be permitted to have no more than three abandoned, junked or inoperative motor vehicles on the premises of said registered repair shop.
An unlicensed/unregistered vehicle upon a transport trailer shall be considered as illegally stored if it remains on the trailer for 10 days, unattached to a licensed/registered tow vehicle, regardless of whether the trailer is registered and licensed.
Any vehicle shall be considered "in transit" if it is upon a licensed/registered trailer and attached to a licensed/registered tow vehicle whereby the tow vehicle is immobilized for towing purposes per New York State Department of Transportation regulations.
Any person violating this chapter shall be guilty of a violation and shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the local Justice Court. The penalty for such violation shall be a fine not to exceed $250 or a term in jail not to exceed 15 days, or both. Each day such offense continues shall constitute a separate and distinct offense hereunder.
In addition or as an alternative to the above-provided procedures and penalties, the Board of Trustees 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.
This chapter shall be effective July 15, 1992. Amendments shall be effective immediately upon filing of the same in the office of the Secretary of State.