Town of Coventry, RI
Kent County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Coventry 11-12-1991 by Ord. No. 9-91-0181 as Ch. 11, §§ 11-1, 11-2, 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 and 11-10, of the 1991 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alcoholic beverages — See Ch. 89.
Drugs and intoxicants — See Ch. 118.
Noise — See Ch. 169.

§ 180-1 Disturbing the peace.

Every person who shall revel, commit any nuisance or mischief, quarrel or otherwise behave in an indecent or disorderly manner in any of the public buildings or places to which the public is admitted, halls, railroad stations, places of amusement, churches, schools, streets, highways, public bridges, public lands, burial grounds, public parks, or grounds set apart for public purpose, to the disturbance or annoyance of the peaceable inhabitants of the Town or any portion of them, or who shall aid, assist, encourage or promote such actions to be done by any other person, shall be guilty of an offense.

§ 180-2 Public intoxication.

It shall be unlawful for any person to be intoxicated to such an extent as to amount to a violation of decency in any highway, street, square or other public place in this Town.

§ 180-3 Injuring or obstructing use of another's property; obstructing another in lawful prosecution of business or pursuit.

It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully, maliciously or mischievously injure or destroy the property of another, obstruct the use of the property of another, or obstruct another in the lawful prosecution of his business or pursuits in any manner.

§ 180-4 Trespass with malicious and mischievous intent.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to trespass upon the property of another with a malicious and mischievous intent.
B. 
For the purposes of this section, the terms "malicious" and "mischievous" are defined as follows:
(1) 
"Malicious" refers to an act done knowingly and willfully, without legal justification.
(2) 
"Mischievous" refers to an act done to cause petty and trivial trouble or annoyance and vexation to others.
C. 
Violations of this section shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $100.

§ 180-5 Abandoned refrigerators and airtight containers.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to discard or leave unattended or abandoned in any place any icebox, refrigerator or other like container, without first removing therefrom the doors and locks.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to discard or leave lying about any container which is equipped with an airtight snap lock which cannot be released from the inside, unless such locks are first removed from the container.

§ 180-6 Burials in compact or thickly populated parts of Town.

In order to preserve the public health, entombment and burial of the dead are hereby forbidden in any of the compact or thickly populated parts of the Town, except in such places as may be designated by the Town Council. The erection of any tomb, and the use and maintenance of any land for the purpose of a cemetery in the compact parts of the Town, without the consent of the Town Council, is hereby forbidden.

§ 180-7 Property maintenance.

[Added 9-9-2013 by Ord. No. 09-13-293]
A. 
Purpose. It shall be the duty of any person owning or leasing property in all zoning districts to maintain such premises in reasonably clean and orderly manner and to a standard conforming to other orderly premises in the neighborhood.
B. 
Grass and weeds. Grass and weeds, excepting ornamental grasses, hedges, bushes, shrubs, or similar plantings shall be maintained at a height of 12 inches or less in all zoning districts.
C. 
Open space and recreation properties exempt. All properties in Town that are held in public trust for open space or active and/or passive recreation purposes, either owned or held pursuant to a conservation easement by the Town, the State of Rhode Island, the Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, or other private entity whose function is the preservation of natural resources are exempt from the provisions of this section. All wetlands (as defined by the following governmental departments or agencies) on properties or portions thereof within the Town which are subject to the laws, rules and regulations of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the United States Department of the Interior and/or the United States Department of Agriculture and all subordinate agencies of said institutions are exempt from the provisions of this section.
D. 
Private properties exempt. All properties in all zoning districts are exempt for that portion of the property to include drainage swales, rain gardens and similar low-impact design techniques, wherever located.
E. 
Agricultural operations exempt. All agricultural operations as defined in R.I.G.L. § 2-23-1 et seq.,"The Rhode Island Right to Farm Act," so-called, are exempt from the provisions of this section.
F. 
Violation and penalty. Failure to adhere to the provisions of this section shall constitute a violation thereof and shall be punishable pursuant to the provisions of Article I, § 1-2, of the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Coventry, State of Rhode Island, as amended.
G. 
Corrective action. Whenever the owner, agent or tenant shall fail or refuse to maintain the property in the conditions heretofore set forth in this section, the Building Official or his designee shall provide written notice to said owner, his agent or tenant of said violation and order said owner, agent or tenant to correct said action within 10 calendar days of said notice. Said notice shall be served upon the owner, agent or tenant personally or by leaving a copy of the order or notice at the owner, agent or tenant's last and usual place of abode or by certified mail, return receipt requested to the last known residence or office of the owner, agent or tenant. In the event that said owner, agent or tenant shall fail to correct said violation within 10 days of said written notice, the Building Official or his designee shall cause the violation to be corrected and place a lien against the real property for the reasonable costs incurred thereby unless the Town's action be otherwise paid by the property owner. Services performed with respect to said corrective work shall be performed by the Town's Department of Public Works. Upon payment of said costs, the Building Official or his designee shall cause the lien to be discharged in the land evidence records.
H. 
In the event that the owner, agent or tenant shall be financially unable to take corrective action to the satisfaction of the Building Official and shall be unable to obtain financial assistance from any governmental agency or charitable organization, said official or his designee shall cause said corrective action to be performed by a landscaper or duly qualified individual(s), firm or organization, and the official shall place a lien against the real property for the reasonable costs incurred thereby. Said lien for the cost of said corrective work shall bear interest at zero (0%) and shall become due and payable upon the death of the owner(s) or upon transfer of the real property which event shall first occur.
I. 
Extension of time for compliance. Upon cause shown to the Building Official, the owner, agent or tenant may be granted additional time within which to comply with the terms of this section.
J. 
Appeal. Any person(s), firm or corporation aggrieved by a decision of the Building Official may appeal the matter to the Zoning Board of Review pursuant to the provisions of Article 4 of the Zoning Ordinance of the Town of Coventry, Rhode Island.