Grass Nuisance Ordinance

 

ORDINANCE NO. 3-1-4 STREETS

5.  Dumping of snow or grass clippings.  It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, push, blow, or place or cause to be thrown, pushed, blown, or placed, any ice or snow or grass clippings from private property, sidewalks or driveways onto the traveled way of streets so as to obstruct gutters, or impede the passage of vehicles upon the streets or to create a hazardous condition therein; except where, in the cleaning of the large commercial drives in the business district it is absolutely necessary to move snow on to the streets temporarily, such accumulation shall be removed promptly by the property owner or agent, and only after first making arrangements for such prompt removal at the owner's cost of the accumulation within a reasonably short time.

ORDINANCE NO. 3-11-5 NUISANCES

2. Each owner and each person in possession or control of any property shall be responsible to keep said lot, along with parking adjacent thereto, alleys, public ways or areas up to the center line of said ways free of any noxious weeds and to keep grasses and weeds on said lot mowed that grass and weeds are less than 7 inches in height.  However, except for any property dedicated to the raising of recognized farm crops, grass and weeds located on undeveloped and unplatted property located more than 100 feet from the developed or platted property shall be mowed so that grass and weeds are less than 18 inches in height.

ORDINANCE NO. 3-11-7 ENFORCEMENT

It shall be the duty of the Weed Official to inspect all areas of complaint and, in case of legitimate complaint, to notify the last known owner or person in possession (or control) of the area of violation of this chapter.  Said notice shall be by certified mail and allow five (5) days after mailing said notice as a period of time to eliminate said violations.  Return receipt with signature is not required for said notice.  The Weed Official shall charge an administrative fee in the amount of twenty-five ($25.00) for each legitimate complaint.  Upon failure of the owner or person in possession or control to act within the prescribed five-day period, the City may preform the required action and assess costs against the property for collection in the same manner as a property tax.  In the event such action is taken, the Weed Official may obtain competitive quotes to have the required action and assess costs against the property for collection in the same manner as a property tax.  In the event such action is taken, the Weed Official may obtain competitive quotes to have the required action preformed.  If no quotes are obtained, the City may have the City personnel preform the required action at rates which shall be established by resolution of the Council from time to time, which rates shall constitute costs that may be assessed against the property as provided herein and shall be obligated owning to the City that may be collected by the City in any other lawful manner.  In addition to the foregoing remedy and their remedies by the law, the Weed Official may file misdemeanor charges against such individual.

ORDINANCE NO. 3-11-10 HABITUAL VIOLATORS

If the owner or person in control of any land has previously received a notice to update nuisance relating to weeds within the preceding 24 months, then, the notice to abate nuisance may include notice that such owner or person in control of said property will be considered to be an habitual violator of this chapter and that if the nuisance is not abated within the allowed time, the City will consider the property to be subject to having a contract let by the City for mowing property as needed up to a weekly basis for the next following 24-month period of time and that the full cost of said contract together with an administrative fee of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) will be assessed against the property.

 

 

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