[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Watertown 12-7-1953 as Sec. 59-7 of Ch. 57 of the 1949 Code; amended in its entirety 8-4-1958. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Whenever in the City of Watertown there shall be growing on any property ragweed, poison ivy or other species of weed, plant or growth which is noxious or detrimental to the public health, or the seed, pollen or other emanation thereof, which, when carried through the air or otherwise dispersed, is noxious or detrimental to the public health, it shall be removed from said premises within five days after written notice is served on the owner, lessee, occupant or any person having control of said property by the Health Officer.
It shall be unlawful for any owner, lessee or occupant, or any agent, servant, representative or employee of any such owner, lessee or occupant having control of any occupied or unoccupied lot or land or any part thereof in the City of Watertown, to permit or maintain on any such lot or land or on or along the sidewalk, street or alley adjacent to the same between the property line and the curb or for 10 feet outside the property line, if there is no curb, any growth of weeds, grass or other rank vegetation to a greater height than 12 inches on the average, or any accumulation of dead weeds, grass or brush.
Such weeds, grass or other rank vegetation or any accumulation of dead weeds, grass or brush shall be cut and removed or caused to be cut and removed from said premises by such persons as often as may be necessary to comply with this chapter within five days after written notice is served on the aforesaid persons by the Health Officer or Superintendent of the Public Works Department.
After the period specified, the Health Officer or the Superintendent of the Public Works Department shall have the authority to proceed to clear the property as specified in Chapter 172 of the City Code.
[Added 12-1-1986 by L.L. No. 1-1986; amended 4-2-2007 by L.L. No. 3-2007]
In addition to any of the remedies provided for herein, any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $250 for a first offense; not less than $100 nor more than $250 for a second offense; and not less than $200 nor more than $250 for a third, or more, offenses, all within the same calendar year. Each day of continued violation is a separate and distinct offense.