PUBLIC NUISANCE means unlawfully doing an act, or omitting to perform a duty, or any thing or condition which affects at the same time an entire community or neighborhood or any considerable number of persons although the extent of the annoyance or damage inflicted upon the individuals may be unequal, and where such unlawful act, omission, thing, or condition either:
PUBLIC NUISANCES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
HIGH GRASS, WEEDS & TRASH: No owner or occupant of property in The Village shall allow trash to accumulate or weeds to grow or stand upon the property. WEED includes but is not limited to poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac and all vegetation at any state of maturity which exceeds twelve (12") inches in height, except healthy trees, shrubs, or produce for human consumption grown in a tended and cultivated garden unless such trees and shrubbery by their density or location constitute a detriment to the health, benefit and welfare of the public and community or hazard to traffic or create a fire hazard to the property or otherwise interfere with the mowing of said weeds; Regardless of height, harbors, conceals, or invites deposits or accumulation of refuse or trash;
ABANDONED, WRECKED, JUNK VEHICLES:
Streets & Public Property: No person shall abandon any vehicle on a highway or other public property within the city and no person shall leave any wrecked, dismantled, or nonoperating vehicle on any highway or other public property within the city.
Private Property: No person responsible for any property within the city, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee, manager, or otherwise, shall allow any dismantled, non-operating, wrecked, junked, or discarded vehicle to be placed or remain on such property. (Ord. No. 470, 2, 6-16-92)
ABATEMENT OF PUBLIC NUISANCES: In order for the City to abate any public nuisance, certain procedures established by state law must be followed. Sometimes these legal steps seem cumbersome and slow, but are necessary to give property owners due process and to protect their rights as a property owner. The city takes public nuisances very seriously and will act as quickly as the law allows to remove the nuisance, so please be patient.
COST OF CLEANING & MOWING: If the city abates a public nuisance and performs the necessary cleanup/mowing of any property, a statement demanding payment of the full and actual costs of the cleanup/mowing is forwarded to the property owner. If payment is not made within thirty (30) days, the city clerk will forward to the County Treasurer, a certified statement of the amount owed to the City. The amount owed and interest thereon then becomes a lien against the property to be collected by the County Treasurer.
COMPLAINTS: Residents wishing to file a complaint concerning any public nuisance may do so by contacting Code enforcement at 751-0493.