[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Rockwood as Sec. 678.03 of the 1989 Codified Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is hereby determined to be desirable and necessary for the public health, safety and general welfare of the city, and it is, therefore, the purpose of this chapter, to prevent, reduce or eliminate blight or potential blight in the City by the prevention or elimination of certain environmental causes of blight or blighting factors which exist or might later exist in the city.
It is further determined that the uses and activities described in § 36-2 hereof, if allowed to exist, will tend to result in blight and in undesirable neighborhoods.
On or after the effective date of this chapter (Ordinance 280, passed August 19, 1987), no person, firm, corporation or other entity shall maintain or permit to be maintained any of the causes of blight or blighting factors upon any property in the city.
[Amended 10-20-2010 by Ord. No. 460]
The following uses and activities are hereby determined to be causes of blight or blighting factors, prohibited by § 36-1 hereof:
Storage or parking of trucks. The parking in any residential or commercial district of any truck which exceeds one ton in capacity or measures more than 30 feet in length, or of any truck having a trailer or semi-trailer, whether coupled or not, upon any part of any street or alley of the City, except for purposes of loading or unloading, or for making emergency repairs, or at the direction or permission of the Police Department. This will not prevent the use of a side or rear yard for the storage of a boat and trailer, or a trailer or a camper, in compliance with City regulations, nor prevent the parking of vehicles used in connection with a legally zoned business conducted at the premises.
Inoperative motor vehicles. The parking, storage or placing upon any public right-of-way, public property or private property within the City of any motor vehicle which is not duly licensed for use upon the highways of the state for longer than 30 days, or which is not in an operative condition for longer than 14 days, unless such vehicle is wholly contained in a fully enclosed building.
Modified vehicles. The parking, storage or placing upon any public property or private property within the City of more than one motor vehicle, even though duly licensed and in operating condition, which motor vehicle has been redesigned, modified or reconstructed for racing or for purposes other than that for which it was manufactured, unless such vehicle is wholly contained in a fully enclosed building. In no event shall any such vehicle be parked, stored or placed in the front or side street yard area within a residential zone.
Repairing or dismantling vehicles. The repairing, redesigning, modifying or dismantling of any vehicle in the City, unless the same is accomplished in a fully enclosed building, except for repairs of an emergency nature which shall be completed within a forty-eight-hour period, or unless the same is in compliance with City regulations and used in connection with a legally zoned business conducted at the premises.
Building materials. The storage upon any property of building materials, unless there is in force a valid building permit issued by the City for construction upon such property and such materials are intended for use in connection with such construction. Building materials include, but are not limited to, lumber, bricks, concrete or cinderblocks, plumbing materials, electrical wiring or equipment, heating ducts or equipment, shingles, mortar, concrete, cement, nails, screws or any other materials used in constructing any structure.
Litter; junk; garbage. The storage or accumulation of litter, junk, trash, rubbish, refuse, waste materials, garbage, offal, paper, glass, cans, bottles, debris or other foreign substances of every kind and description, except such as may be temporarily stored awaiting collection for periods not to exceed seven days. "Junk," as used in this subsection, includes parts of machinery or motor vehicles, unused appliances stored in the open and remnants of wood, metal or other cast-off material of any kind, whether or not the same could be put to any reasonable use.
Evicted personal property. The placement of personal property removed from a premise as a result of a court-ordered eviction on any public area adjacent to owner's property or on the private area of owner's property and not enclosed in a movable container of sufficient size and type which will allow access from the side or top for disposal. Any personal property not relocated from the premises shall be placed and disposed of only in the moveable container. The movable container shall be removed from the owner's property within 48 hours of its placement.