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Pittsfield City Ordinances

     (A)     Definition.  For the purpose of this chapter, the following definition shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
          (1)     Shall mean any motor vehicle from which, for a period of seven days or more, the engine, wheels, or other parts have been removed, or on which the engine, wheels or other parts have been altered, damaged, or otherwise so treated that the vehicle is incapable of being driven under its own motor power.  “Inoperable motor vehicle” Shall not include:
               (a)     a motor vehicle which has been rendered temporarily incapable of being driven under its own power in order to perform ordinary service or repair operations;
               (b)     any motor vehicle that is kept within a building when not in use, nor an operable historic vehicle over 25 years of age;
               (c)     a motor vehicle on the premise of a place of business engaged in the wrecking or junking of motor vehicles; or
          (2)     Any motor vehicle that cannot be lawfully operated on the streets and highways  of  the
state, to include but not limited to the lack of valid and current vehicle registration, license plates, and insurance.
     (B)     Leaving of wrecked, non-operating vehicles on street.  No person shall leave any partially dismantled, non-operating, wrecked, or junked vehicle on any street or highway in the city.
     (C)     Inoperable vehicles declared to be a nuisance.  Inoperable motor vehicles, as defined herein, whether on public or private property, are hereby declared to be a nuisance.
       (D)     Written notice.  All persons are required to dispose of any inoperable motor vehicles under their control upon written notice received from the City Council or from the Chief of Police or any member of the police department designated by him commanding such disposition of said inoperable motor vehicle.
(E) Impoundment.  The Chief of Police or any member of the police department designated by him is hereby authorized to remove or have removed an inoperable vehicle as defined herein.  Such vehicle shall be impounded until lawfully claimed or disposed of in accordance with §§ 77.03 through 77.09.  The Chief of Police or a member of the police department designated by him may enter upon private property at all reasonable hours for the purpose of inspecting such vehicle, posting notice thereon, and removing and impounding such vehicle, and it shall be unlawful for any person to prevent the Chief of Police or his designee from entering on private property for purposes of carrying out his duties hereunder or to interfere with him in the lawful performance of his duties under the provisions of this section.

§ 77.99  PENALTY.
     (A)     Any person who violates §§ 77.01 and 77.02 or who aids and abets in that violation:
          (1)     Shall be subject to a mandatory fine of $200; and
          (2)     Shall be required by the court to make a disposition on the abandoned or unclaimed vehicle and pay all towing, storage, and processing charges and collections costs pursuant to § 77.03.
     (B)     (1)     When a vehicle is abandoned, it shall be presumed that the last registered owner is responsible for the abandonment and shall be liable for all towing, storage, and processing charges and collection costs, less any amounts realized in the disposal of the vehicle.  The last registered owner’s liability for storage fees may not exceed a maximum of 30 days  storage fees.
          (2)     The presumption established under this division (B) may be rebutted by showing that prior to the time of the tow:
               (a)     A report of vehicle theft was filed with respect to the vehicle; or
               (b)     The vehicle was sold or trans- ferred and the last registered owner provides the towing service with the correct identity and address of the new owner at the time of the sale or transfer.
          (3)     If the presumption established under this division (B) is rebutted, the person responsible for theft of the vehicle or to whom the vehicle was sold or transferred is liable for all towing, storage, and processing charges and collection costs.
(ILCS Ch. 625, Act 5, § 4-214)
Statutory reference:
     Failure to pay fines, charges, and costs on an abandoned vehicle, see ILCS Ch. 625, Act 5, § 4-214.1
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   § 91.03  NOISE.  (Barking Dogs) 
     It shall be unlawful for any person to harbor or keep any animal which disturbs the peace by loud noises at any time of the day or night.
('74 Code, § 5-3)  (Ord. 745, passed 3-16-65)
    § 91.05  SANITATION.
     No person shall cause or allow any stable or place where any animal is or may be kept to become unclean or unwholesome.
('74 Code, § 5-6)  (Ord. 745, passed 3-16-65)
    § 91.99  PENALTY.
     (A)     Any person, firm or corporation violating the terms of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be fined not less than $25 nor more than $750 for each offense.
('74 Code, § 5-24)  (Ord. 969, passed 9-18-79; Am. Ord. 1263, passed 6-4-02)
    § 95.01  TYPES OF NUISANCES.
     Any of the following acts within the city are declared a nuisance:
     (B)     Nuisances defined by this code.  Any of those acts or omissions that are declared by this code to be nuisances.
     (C)     Unsafe, unsightly structures.  Any building, structure, street sign or billboard in an unsafe, hazardous or unsightly condition.
     (E)     Odors.  To engage in any activity which causes or produces unreasonably offensive odors. This division does not apply to those activities carried on in the public interest.
     (G)     Noises.  To cause or allow unreasonably loud noises tending to cause alarm or to disturb the public peace and quiet.
     (K)     Unhealthy conditions.  To create, allow, maintain, or permit any condition which may endanger the public health.
     (O)     Littering.  To allow, suffer, permit, or cause to be dropped, thrown, discarded, placed or deposited on any public way or public place or on any private property when public property may be affected thereby any paper, glass, plastic, wood, metal, solid or liquid vegetable or animal compound, rubbish, garbage, waste, effluent, junk, debris, litter, solid waste or any combination thereof, except in a refuse receptacle or landfill site of the city.
('74 Code, § 18-1)
    § 97.02  CUTTING REQUIRED.
     It shall be unlawful for an owner of real property to refuse or neglect to cut weeds when such weeds on his property shall have reached a height in excess of eight inches.
(Ord. 1346, passed 11-21-06) Penalty, see §97.99

    § 97.99  PENALTY.
     The failure to destroy such weeds within the designated period shall constitute a violation of this chapter and a fine shall be assessed in the amount of $150 for each such violation.
(Ord. 1346, passed 11-21-06)


     (1)It is unlawful and shall constitute a nuisance for any person, whether registered pursuant to this chapter or not, to go upon any premises and ring the doorbell upon or near any door of a residence located thereon, to rap or knock upon any door or create any sound in any other manner calculated to attract the attention of the occupant of such residence for the purpose of securing an audience with the occupant thereof and engage in soliciting, prior to 9:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. of any weekday.  (SEE CITY HALL)

     (A)     No person shall allow litter to accumulate upon real property, of which the person charged is the owner or tenant in control, in such a manner as to constitute a public nuisance or in such a manner that the litter may be blown or otherwise carried by the natural elements on to the real property of another person.
     (B)     Any person convicted of a violation of this section shall be fined not less than $10 nor more than $500.
(ILCS Ch. 415, Act 105, §§ 6 and 8)

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