When an inoperable motor vehicle is discovered within the corporate limits of the County, it shall be the responsibility of the Sheriff to determine the registered owner and/or party in lawful possession thereof, and to serve on such person or party, in person or by certified mail, a written notice stating that said person or party shall dispose of said inoperable motor vehicle under their control within seven (7) days of the date of issuance of said notice or be subject to the penalties herein provided. If the Sheriff cannot determine the owner or other party in lawful possession thereof or if the owner or other party in lawful possession thereof fails to remove said inoperable motor vehicle from public view within the time aforesaid, then the Sheriff is hereby authorized to impound and remove the inoperable motor vehicle as an abandoned motor vehicle in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 625, Section 5/4–201 et seq. (See 55 ILCS 5/5–1092)
As used in this Article, “inoperable motor vehicle” means any motor vehicle from which, for a period of at least seven (7) days 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 motor power in order to perform ordinary service or repair operations;
(B) any motor vehicle that is kept within a building when not in use;
(C) historic vehicles over twenty-five (25) years of age; or
(D) a motor vehicle on the premises of a place of business engaged in the wrecking or junking of motor vehicles.
Inoperable motor vehicles, whether located on public or private property and in view of the general public, are hereby declared to be a nuisance for which the provisions and penalties hereof shall apply.