As part of an effort to improve the quality
of life and the appearance of our city, The Corning Police
Department has recently assumed the responsibility of cleaning
up abandoned, junk, wrecked, and inoperative vehicles from
the city. In the past, the department has towed cars only
from the roadway, but at the urging of the City Council and
the City Manager, we are expanding our efforts to include
In other words, any inoperative cars or hulks
that are parked or stored on private property may be in violation
of CMC 10.32.060,
and may be subject to towing.
You may receive this introductory
letter from an officer, or this more formal
letter in the mail.
As envisioned by the City Council, and as written
in the Corning Municipal Code, the removal of blighted vehicles
witll make your neighborhood a safer place. It will make your
property values go up, and it will improve the appearance
of the whole city.
Officers assigned to this task have been directed
to excercise flexibility. While it’s true that we can
legally tow a nuisance car in just ten days, we are much more
interested in working with you to find a solution. We can
provide information, advice, or just more time to solve the
problem. Towing a car is truly a last resort. Our main goal
is dealing with cars that are obviously abandoned - affectionately
known as "spider motels".
||My car is on private property. How can this
be anybody else's business?
||By living in a city, we all agree to cooperate with
each other. It's unlawful to engage in activities that
damage the community or antagonize our neighbors.
||I have a "non-op" from the DMV. Doesn't that
allow me to store my car anywhere?
||A non-op only makes it illegal for you to have your
car on the street.
||I can't afford to have my car towed right now.
||No problem. We'll try and work out a schedule that we
can both live with.
||My car is insured and registered. Is it towable?
The law states that the car must be operational.
Does it start? Is it ever used? Is it safe to operate?
Is it wrecked or dismantled? We'll look at all the factors
and come up with a reasonable conclusion.
If you have any questions, please
feel free to contact Officer
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