Township of East China, MI
St. Clair County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Charter Township of East China 11-18-1980 by Ord. No. 117 as Ch. 8-04 of the 1980 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Dangerous buildings — See Ch. 178.
Littering — See Ch. 302.
Solid waste — See Ch. 389.
Disabled vehicles — See Ch. 436.

§ 153-1 Purpose.

Blight, potential blight, certain environmental causes of blight, or blighting factors which exist or may in the future exist shall be prevented, reduced, or eliminated, consistent with the letter and spirit of Act No. 344 of Public Acts of 1945, as amended.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See MCLA § 125.71 et seq.

§ 153-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BUILDING MATERIALS
Includes but shall not be limited to lumber, bricks, concrete or cinder blocks, plumbing materials, electrical wiring or equipment, heating ducts or equipment, shingles, mortar, concrete or cement, nails, screws, or any other materials used in constructing any structures.
JUNK
Includes but shall not be limited to parts of motor vehicles, unused household appliances, scrap metal or any other used materials of any kind.
JUNK MOTOR VEHICLES
Includes any motor vehicle which is not licensed for use upon the highways of the State of Michigan, or which is inoperative.
STRUCTURE
Includes house trailers, any mobile living unit in the conditions described below in § 153-3G.

§ 153-3 Restrictions.

On and after the effective date of this chapter, no person, firm or corporation of any kind shall maintain or permit to be maintained the following uses, structures and activities upon any leased, owned or occupied property, since they are causes of blight or blighting factors which if allowed to exist will tend to result in blighted and undesirable neighborhoods, unless such uses, structures and activities are allowed by Ordinance Code provisions providing for the licensing of junkyards and secondhand dealers:
A. 
Junk motor vehicles. The storage upon any property of junk motor vehicles which is not in a completely enclosed building is prohibited.
B. 
Abandoned vehicles. The abandonment or placement of any vehicle on private property for a period of 24 continuous hours or more without consent of the owner or occupant of the property, or for a period of 24 continuous hours or more after the consent of the owner or occupant of property has been revoked.
C. 
Building materials.
(1) 
Structures requiring permit. The storage upon any property of building materials unless there is in force a valid building permit issued by the Charter Township of East China for construction upon said property and said materials are intended for use in connection with such construction.
(2) 
Structures not requiring permit. Materials used in constructing any structure not requiring a permit shall be stored in a neat and orderly pile and out of public view from the roadway and shall be used for such construction within one year.
D. 
Junk. The storage or accumulation of junk, trash, rubbish or refuse of any kind is illegal, except domestic refuse stored in an enclosed container, building or structure and in such a manner not to create a nuisance for a period not to exceed 15 days.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
E. 
Machinery and/or equipment. Machinery and/or equipment for outdoor use which is in good working order must be housed or stored in an orderly manner that is out of public view if possible and does not violate Township Ordinance Code provisions or State of Michigan laws governing junk and storage yards. Notwithstanding the above, however, operative machinery that is in current use on the premises in relationship to a farming or construction activity is exempt from the provisions of this section.
F. 
Vacant buildings. The existence of a vacant dwelling, garage, or other outbuilding, unless such buildings are kept securely locked, windows kept glassed, or neatly boarded up and otherwise protected to prevent casual entry thereto by unauthorized persons.
G. 
Uninhabitable structures. The existence of any structure or part of any structure which, because of fire, wind or other natural disaster, or physical deterioration, is no longer habitable or is a dangerous structure or building as defined under Act 61, Public Acts of 1969,[2] shall be deemed a violation, the purpose thereby being to avoid injury to children and others attracted to such structures or mobile living units, the devaluation of property values, and the psychological ill effect of the presence of such upon adjoining residents and property owners.
[2]
Editor's Note: See MCLA § 125.538 et seq.
H. 
Partially completed structures. The existence of any partially completed structure unless such structure is in the course of construction in accordance with a valid and existing building permit issued by the Township and unless such construction is completed within a reasonable time.

§ 153-4 Enforcement authority.

This chapter shall be enforced by such persons who shall be so designated by the Township Board.

§ 153-5 Notice of violation; time to comply; failure to comply.

A. 
Notification. The owner, if possible, and the occupant of any property upon which any of the causes of blight or blighting factors set forth in this chapter is found to exist shall be notified in writing to remove or eliminate such causes of blight or blighting factors from such property within 10 days after service of the notice upon him. Such notice may be personally delivered or by certified mail, return receipt requested.
B. 
Granting of additional time. Additional time may be granted by the enforcement officer where bona fide efforts to remove or eliminate such causes of blight or blighting facts are in progress.
C. 
Failure to comply. Failure to comply with such notice within the time allowed by the owner and/or occupant shall constitute a violation of the chapter.