This chapter shall apply only to Class 1 municipalities.
For purposes of this chapter, the term "inoperable motor vehicle" shall mean any motor vehicle, trailer, or semi-trailer that has remained on private property and in view of the general public for 30 days or any greater period fixed by the municipality and is inoperable in that one or more of its major mechanical components, including, but not limited to, the engine, transmission, drivetrain, or wheels, are missing or are not functional, or the vehicle otherwise constitutes a nuisance. An inoperable motor vehicle shall not be deemed a nuisance if the motor vehicle has been rendered temporarily incapable of being driven under its own motor power in order to perform ordinary service or repair operations, or if the motor vehicle is on the premises of a place of business engaged in the wrecking or junking of motor vehicles, or primarily engaged in the storage and sale of damaged or theft-recovered vehicles for insurers, or if the motor vehicle is kept in an enclosed building completely shielded from the view of individuals on the adjoining properties.
Any Class 1 municipality may establish a procedure for the abatement and removal of inoperable motor vehicles from private property as public nuisances. Costs of removal may be assessed against the registered owner of the vehicle if the identity of the owner can be determined or the costs may be assessed against the owner of the property on which the vehicle is stored.
Any procedure adopted by the municipality for the abatement and removal of inoperable motor vehicles as public nuisances shall include, but is not limited to, the following:
(1) A provision requiring notice to the last registered owner of record, to any secured party or other holder of a recorded or registered security interest or lien on the motor vehicle, and to the property owner of record that a hearing may be requested and that if no hearing is requested, the inoperable motor vehicle will be removed.
(2) A provision requiring that if a request for a hearing is received, a notice giving the time, location, and date of the hearing on the question of abatement and removal of the inoperable motor vehicle as a public nuisance shall be mailed by certified mail, with a five-day return receipt requested to the owner of the land as shown on the last equalized assessment roll, to the last registered and legal owner of record, and to any registered or recorded secured party or lienholder unless the vehicle is in such a condition that identification numbers are not available to determine ownership.
(3) A provision that the abatement procedure shall not apply to an inoperable motor vehicle that is completely enclosed within a building in a lawful manner where it is not visible from the street or other private property or a motor vehicle that is stored or parked in a lawful manner on private property in connection with the business of an automobile dealer, wholesaler, repairman, or wrecker service for repair or sale.
(4) A provision with a list of names of persons or private contractors, or both, who perform the work.
(5) A provision that the owner of the land on which the vehicle is located may appear in person at the hearing or present a written statement in time for consideration at the hearing, and deny responsibility for the presence of the vehicle on the land or otherwise show his or her plans to abate the nuisance. No cost of the administration or removal of the vehicle against the landowner shall be assessed if it is determined at the hearing that the vehicle was placed on the land without the consent of the landowner and that he or she has not subsequently acquiesced in its presence.
(6) A provision that the municipality may dispose of the inoperable motor vehicle by sealed bid or auction as adopted by the municipality and the procedure for the sale of the abandoned motor vehicle subject to the rights of any secured party or other holder of a recorded or registered security interest or lien on the motor vehicle, which has requested a hearing and verified the existence of the security interest or lien within the time permitted by the procedure adopted by the municipality.
(7) A provision that the owner of the land on which the vehicle is located may remove the vehicle at his or her own expense prior to the removal of the vehicle by the municipality.
The municipality shall notify the Department of Revenue of the sale or disposition of the inoperable motor vehicle on a form supplied by the Department of Revenue.
The municipality may contract with any entity, person, or group to impound the inoperable motor vehicle or to carry out other functions necessary to administer the intent of this chapter.
The municipality and no official or employee of the municipality shall be liable for action taken in good faith pursuant to or in furtherance of the objectives of this chapter.