[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Great Neck as Ch. 46 of the 1976 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Includes natural persons, corporations, partnerships, associations and all other parties capable of being sued.
- PUBLIC PLACE
- Includes a public street, municipal parking field, and any culvert,
crosswalk, square, or other place, used to any degree by the general public.[Amended 2-4-2003 by L.L. No. 2-2003]
It shall be unlawful for any person, his agent or employee to leave or to suffer or permit to be left any vehicle, cart, shopping cart, wagon, box, barrel, bale of merchandise or other movable object of any description whatsoever, either owned by him or in his possession, custody or control, upon any public place.
The Superintendent of Highways of the Village shall remove or cause to be removed any such property found upon any public place and shall take same or cause same to be taken to property or premises of the Village where same shall be held until redeemed or sold, as hereinafter provided.
[Amended 9-7-1976 by L.L. No. 5-1976]
Whenever the Superintendent of Highways shall take and hold any property containing identification of ownership or right to possession, a notice shall be sent by certified mail to such person, advising that such property is held by the Superintendent of Highways and advising the amount necessary to redeem such property.
[Amended 7-7-1987 by L.L. No. 12-1987; 12-16-2003 by L.L. No. 17-2003]
Such property may be redeemed by the owner thereof at any time prior to the sale, dismantling, or disposal thereof by tendering to the Village Clerk such amount as shall be prescribed from time to time by the Board of Trustees. In addition, the person seeking to redeem shall be required to pay the cost of advertising the sale of such property, if any. The Village Clerk shall require from the person seeking redemption satisfactory proof of ownership or right to possession of the property sought to be returned. Any return of property by the Clerk to a person pursuant hereto shall be an absolute defense to the Village against any other person claiming to be entitled thereto.
When any such property remains in the custody of the Superintendent of Highways for a period of 15 days after removal, the Village Clerk shall give public notice of at least five days, that at a specified time and place such property shall be sold at public auction. A general description in such notice of the property to be sold shall be sufficient. Said sale shall be conducted by the Clerk or by any other person designated by the Board of Trustees.
In the event that said property shall remain unsold at public auction, the Village Clerk may reoffer said property for sale at a subsequent public auction held pursuant to this chapter, or he may dismantle or otherwise sell or dispose of such property. Any such sale or other disposition of such property pursuant to this chapter shall be without liability on the part of the Village to the owner of such property or other person lawfully entitled thereto or having an interest therein.