One of the main goals of the IPMC is to banish all “inoperable” vehicles.
Our county manager and some commissioners are dead set against any vehicle anywhere in your yard that is not drivable on demand. By that definition, even a car with a dead battery is blight and the fine starts at $100 per day. No matter if you’re out in the country on a dozen acres, there will be no car repair for you. No restoring antique cars. No parts cars. No father-son projects. No race cars.
“…no inoperative or unlicensed motor vehicle shall be parked, kept or stored on any premises, and no vehicle shall at any time be in a state of major disassembly, disrepair, or in the process of being stripped or dismantled. Painting of vehicles is prohibited unless conducted inside an approved spray booth.”
So if you don’t have the luxury of having a completely enclosed garage, you don’t deserve to work on your own vehicle. That’s for common folks and Baldwin County will be like a big country club because that’s what Those Who Decide deem best for us. Funny how the EPA regulations allow the home hobbyist to paint a couple cars a year outside but the IPMC knows better.
If something major on your car fails and you need to wait a paycheck or two to get it fixed, tough. Your undrivable car is now blight, and that’ll be $100 a day as soon as they hear about it.
Their notes say:
“Improper storage of inoperable vehicles can be a serious problem for a community. The vehicles are unsightly, clutter the neighborhood, provide a harborage for rodents and are an attractive nuisance for children.”
Unless they can prove that there is a rodent infestation or the vehicle is somehow hazardous, their main complaint is aesthetics. The great thing about owning property is that it is yours; your neighbors don’t have to like how you’re using it. The commissioner’s communities don’t allow you to work on a car and they think that nobody else should be able to either.
“Motor vehicles that are in some stage of disrepair or disassembly are often the source of property maintenance complaints. This definition clearly identifies that vehicles that are unlicensed, wrecked, abandoned, in a state of disrepair or incapable of moving under their own power are inoperable.”
Note that they don’t care that there is nothing illegal about these vehicles but rather their presence causes complaints, and complaints must be avoided at all costs. No commissioner could dare tell someone that adults sometimes have to see things they don’t like because they belong to other people in the peaceful enjoyment of their own property.
Just what do they consider an “abandoned vehicle?”
A vehicle, including cars, trucks, trailers, boats, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, mobile homes, manufactured homes, or any other similar vehicle, that meets one or more of the following conditions:
a) Has been left unattended upon a highway, street, or alley or other public property outside a designated parking space for a period of 48 hours; and/or,
b) Is within public view and is inoperable, partially or wholly dismantled, wrecked, junked, discarded, or of similar condition, or any vehicle without a current license plate if required by law, and is located outside of an enclosed building, garage, carport, wrecked motor vehicle compound, or other place of business designated and lawfully used for the storage of such inoperable vehicles, for a period exceeding 30 days unless ongoing significant, visible, and definable work on vehicle is in progress.
So there you have it. Mobile homes are now abandoned vehicles, and you are no longer worthy of wrenching on your own vehicles because they deem it unseemly and a blight on the community. If you have an old car in the back yard or just something you tinker with on the weekends, they’re coming for you!