[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Woodridge 12-6-1999 by L.L. No. 4-1999 (Ch. 139 of the 1992 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
A clean, wholesome, attractive environment is declared to be of importance to the health and safety of the inhabitants, and such an environment is deemed essential to the economy of the Village and the general welfare of its citizens. The unrestrained accumulation of motor vehicles not in operating condition is a hazard to such health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Village, necessitating the regulation and restraint thereof.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- COMMERCIAL GARAGE
- Any business repairing motor vehicles or any part thereof.
- ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
- The Building Inspector of the Village, unless the Village Board, by resolution, designates some other Village officer as enforcement officer or, by resolution, establishes the position of enforcement officer for the Village and appoints some qualified person thereto at a salary specified in such resolution, or any officer of the Village Police Department.
- JUNK VEHICLE
- Any motor vehicle, whether automobile, bus, truck, mobile home, motorcycle, motor bicycle, minibicycle or snowmobile or any other contraption originally intended for travel on the public highways which is abandoned, stored, left or located by its owner or any other person on public or private property in the Village of Woodridge and which is not registered by the State of New York or the laws of any other state for operation on the public highways and which does not contain license plates validly issued by the State of New York or the laws of any other state or is not in a condition to meet the requirements for the New York State Vehicle inspection sticker shall be defined as a junk vehicle.
- (1) For the purpose of this chapter, "abandoned," "stored," or "located" shall mean when the "junk vehicle" is visible from a public highway or a dwelling unit on a neighboring property.
- (2) Any motor vehicle not displaying a valid New York State vehicle inspection sticker or displaying an inspection sticker expired for more than 12 months will be presumed to be a junk vehicle, even if such motor vehicle is registered and has valid license plates.
- (3) A motor vehicle located on the premises of a person licensed by the State of New York to sell new or used motor vehicles, which is held for the purpose of resale and is in a condition to meet the requirements for a New York State vehicle inspection sticker, shall not be considered a junk vehicle.
- LEGAL OCCUPANT
- Any person who, singularly or together with other persons, is in possession of real property pursuant to an agreement with the owner thereof. The term shall include tenants, contract vendees and licensees.
- OPEN STORAGE
- Storage other than in a completely enclosed structure, such as a garage constructed of wood, brick or metal.
- A person owning real property in the Village. A parcel of real property owned by more than one person shall be considered as having each such person be an owner.
- PARCEL OF PROPERTY
- Real property appearing on the tax rolls of the Village as one unit.
- Includes natural persons, corporations, copartnerships, unincorporated associations or any other organization of two or more persons.
- The Village of Woodridge and its trustees and agents; also public and private areas within the Village.
The term "shall" is always mandatory. Words used in the singular fashion shall include the plural and vice versa.
Open storage of one or more junk vehicles shall not be permitted on private or public property within the Village, except as permitted by this chapter.
Except as otherwise set forth in this provision, any person wishing to store or locate a junk vehicle on a parcel of property must first obtain a permit from the Village's enforcement officer allowing such storage.
The permit which is provided for herein may be granted after an application has been made showing:
The make, model and year of the vehicle.
The name and address of the last registered owner and last registration plate number as issued by the appropriate Department of Motor Vehicles.
The vehicle identification number.
The nature of the applicant's ownership or title to such vehicle.
Authorized purposes; substantial improvement; permit fee.
Purposes for which junk vehicles can be stored or located for purposes of this provision are as follows:
Antique or classic car restoration for vehicles 25 or more years old. A permit will be issued which is valid for a period of six months. The permit may be renewed on one occasion for a renewal term of six months, provided that, during the initial six-month period, the vehicle has been substantially improved since the issuance of the original permit.
Restoration. A permit will be issued for a sixty-day period, renewable for one sixty-day period. The renewal shall be granted only if the vehicle has been substantially improved since the issuance of the original permit.
Removal of parts or components. A permit will be issued for a sixty-day period, renewable for one sixty-day period only.
For purposes of this section, a vehicle shall be deemed substantially improved if the vehicle meets 50% of the standards for highway use, i.e., 50% of the standards necessary to pass vehicle inspection pursuant to applicable New York State law.
Notwithstanding anything which is contained in this provision to the contrary, a commercial garage which is registered with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles as a motor vehicle repair shop and whose parcel of property is in an area in which automobile repair or automobile service or a gas station is a permitted use pursuant to Chapter 400, Zoning, of the Code of the Village of Woodridge or who has a variance issued by the Village Zoning Board of Appeals to operate a motor vehicle repair shop in any other district or who has a nonconforming use which predated the adoption of the Village Zoning Code shall be permitted to maintain junk vehicles on said parcel of property without the necessity of obtaining a permit from the Village's enforcement officer, provided that the following conditions are satisfied:
No more than 25 junk vehicles are stored or located on the applicable parcel of property at any given time.
All of the junk vehicles which are located on the property do not exceed 25% of the available open land on said parcel of property. For purposes of the foregoing, "available open land" shall mean the entire parcel, reduced by the portion of the parcel where the structural improvements are located.
Any owner or legal occupant of a parcel of property in the Village who shall abandon, store, locate, leave or allow or condone any other person to abandon, store, locate or leave a junk vehicle upon a parcel of property owned or occupied by him within the Village contrary to the provisions hereof shall be guilty of a violation hereof. Any person, whether as owner or driver of a vehicle or an operator of a towing vehicle or carrier, who shall abandon, store, locate or leave a junk vehicle upon a parcel of property in the Village of which he is not either the owner or legal occupant, without the written permission of the legal occupant, shall be guilty of a violation hereof.
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a violation pursuant to the Penal Law of the State of New York, punishable by a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of an offense against the provisions of this chapter shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, a separate and distinct offense hereunder.
In addition to the penalties set forth above, the Village may commence an action in its own name against any person in any civil court of competent jurisdiction to seek an injunction to enforce compliance with this chapter. Such an action for injunctive relief may be independent of or a part of an action to collect the civil penalties as hereinabove provided.
In addition to any penalty or fine as provided in § 369-6 hereof or the remedy provided in this provision hereof, any junk vehicle may be removed from the premises upon which it is located by the Village in the manner hereinafter provided:
The enforcement officer, upon detecting a junk vehicle, shall serve written notice on the person owning the parcel of property upon which the same is located, ordering such person to remove the same or cause the same to be removed therefrom within 15 days of the date of such service. Such notice shall contain a description of the parcel of property, a statement as to the location thereon of a junk vehicle and a reference to this chapter and to the fact that the location of such junk vehicle on such parcel of property is in violation of this chapter. If such parcel, of property is owned by more than one person; personal service on any one of such owners shall suffice; however, as to any owner not personally served with such notice or if no owner can be located upon whom to make personal service, the enforcement officer shall mail such notice to owners not personally served or to the owner and to all owners if no owner was personally served with such notice or if no owner was personally served by registered mail to their or his last known address as shown on the latest completed assessment roll of the Village. In addition, the enforcement officer shall post conspicuously a copy of such notice on the parcel of property upon which said junk vehicle is located.
At the expiration of 15 days after the service or mailing and posting of such notice, if such junk vehicle has not been removed, the enforcement officer shall report such fact to the Village Board in writing. Such report shall cite the violation, the notices given as required hereunder and the failure to comply herewith and may include or refer to photographs of such junk vehicle and of the parcel of property upon which it is located. Such report shall be entered in the official minutes of the Village Board by the Village Clerk, and any such photographs shall be filed in the Village Clerk's office. The Village Board shall thereafter hold a public hearing on 10 days' prior notice published in the official newspaper of the Village. Such notice of hearing shall include a statement that the purposes of the hearing are to give the person owning such junk vehicle an opportunity to be heard as to why the same has not been removed and also for the Village Board to receive proposals for the removal of such junk vehicles.
After the hearing, the Village Board may contract for the removal of such junk vehicles. Any expense to the Village in accomplishing the removal of such junk vehicle shall be assessed by the Village Board on the real property from which said junk vehicle was removed, and the expense so assessed shall constitute a lien and charge upon the real property on which it is levied until paid or otherwise satisfied or discharged as other Village charges.
Any junk vehicle found to have: been abandoned in the Village in violation of § 1224 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York shall be removed and disposed of in the manner and as provided in said § 1224. The enforcement officer is authorized as the proper person to execute all notices and documents required to be given, mailed or filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles or any person.
Any junk vehicle released to the Village by its owner shall be disposed of at a public auction to the highest bidder, and the proceeds shall be added to the general fund of the Village. Any junk vehicle released to the Village by the owner or legal occupant of the parcel of property from which it is removed, who is not the owner of the junk vehicle, shall be disposed of by the procedure set forth in Subsections A, B, C and D hereof.
The Village's enforcement officer shall have and is hereby given the authority to go upon any parcel of real property in the Village, public or private, exclusive of enclosed structures or buildings, at any time during daylight hours, to examine and inspect any vehicles or parts or components thereof to determine whether a violation of this chapter has been committed or to determine the condition of any vehicle or parts or components thereof. The officer shall notify the property owner, in writing, prior to entering on such property.