§ 81-61Authority to impound vehicles.
§ 81-62Storage and charges.
§ 81-63Notice of removal.
§ 81-64Storage and repair of vehicles
§ 81-65Boat storage restricted.
When any vehicle is parked or abandoned on any highway within the corporate limits of the Incorporated Village of the Branch during a snowstorm, flood, fire or other public emergency, or found unattended where such vehicle constitutes an obstruction to traffic, or found in any place where stopping, standing or parking is prohibited, such vehicle may be removed on the authority of the Mayor or of the Suffolk County Police Department.
Upon such removal, the Mayor or the Suffolk County Police Department may store such vehicle at any public garage or other suitable place within the Town of Smithtown at the expense of the owner. Such owner or person in charge of the vehicle may redeem the same upon payment to the Mayor or the Suffolk County Police Department, for the account of the Village, of the amount of all expenses actually and necessarily incurred in effecting such removal, together with such storage charges as may have been incurred. Such charges shall be a lien upon the vehicle so removed and impounded and shall be paid before the vehicle is released from custody.
The Mayor or the Suffolk County Police Department shall ascertain the name of the owner of any vehicle removed and impounded and notify him of the removal and disposition of such vehicle and the amount which will be required to redeem the same. Notice by ordinary mail addressed to the last known address of the registered owner of such vehicle shall be sufficient notice to redeem.
The outside storage of any unlicensed, unregistered, inoperative or discarded vehicles upon privately owned properties within the Village of the Branch or in the streets adjacent to said properties is a source of annoyance to members of the public and to owners and occupants of adjacent properties. The storage of any vehicles in excess of 72 hours, which vehicles are raised on jacks, blocks or any other device, both on privately owned properties within the Village of the Branch or in the streets adjacent to such properties, is also a source of annoyance to members of the public and to the owners and occupants of adjacent properties. The outdoor storage of such vehicles on private land is hereby deemed unsightly and constitutes an attractive nuisance to children and a peril to their safety. Further, it depreciates the value of neighboring properties. The preservation of peace and good order, the protection of public health and property and the prevention of fires and explosion compels legislation upon this subject. It is, therefore, declared that the purpose of this section is the effective termination of such obnoxious practices.
No property shall be used for the outside storage of unlicensed, unregistered, inoperative or discarded vehicles in any residential district within the Village of the Branch, nor shall any said vehicles be stored in any public street adjacent to said residential property.
No vehicle may be stored or shall remain on any residential property or in the public street adjacent to said property for more than 72 hours when raised on jacks, blocks or any other device.
No vehicle may be repaired or dismantled on any residential property or public street adjacent thereto, within the Village of the Branch unless said vehicle is owned by the owner or occupant of the premises on which said vehicle is being repaired.
No boat shall be stored, parked or kept outside in any residential district in the Village of the Branch in any area between the front line of a residence, as extended to the side property lines and the street line in front of said residence.
Any boat stored in any residential district within the Village of the Branch must belong to the owner or occupant of the premises upon which it is being stored.