[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Snow Hill 12-11-1990 as Ord. No. 1990-5. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Every owner and/or occupant of any lot within the town limits shall keep and maintain such lot in a neat, clean and well trimmed manner at all times, free of weeds, undergrowth, excessively tall grass, trash and debris. For the purpose of this chapter, any weeds, undergrowth or grass which exceeds 10 inches in height shall be considered excessively tall.
All weeds, grass trimmings, undergrowth and other trash and debris shall be promptly removed from any lot and disposed of in accordance with the applicable town ordinances.
If any lot owner or occupant shall violate the provisions of Subsection A or B hereof, the town's zoning official or other person designated by the Mayor and Council shall serve notice upon said lot owner and/or occupant setting forth the violation and informing said lot owner and/or occupant that said violation must be corrected within five days of the receipt of said notice. Notice to an occupant of a lot shall be deemed to be notice to the owner thereof. In case of any vacant or unoccupied lot owned by a nonresident, the notice shall be served by mailing the same by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, to the address of such nonresident lot owner as it appears on the town's tax rolls, and it shall be conclusively presumed that said notice has been received three days following its deposit, postage prepaid, with the United States Postal Service. In the event that the resident lot owner or occupant cannot be served with said notice, the notice shall be posted in a conspicuous place on the property, and such posting shall constitute service thereof as of the date of posting.
If any violation for which notice has been served as provided in Subsection C above shall not be corrected within five days of the service of said notice, in addition to any other penalties herein provided, the Mayor and Council, acting through the town's zoning official or other designated person, may have the violation corrected at the expense of the lot owner, and the cost thereof shall constitute a lien against the lot and shall be collected in the same manner as town real property taxes.
If any violation for which notice has been given as provided in Subsection C hereof shall not be corrected within five days of the service of said notice, the owner of the lot and the occupant thereof shall each be guilty of a municipal infraction and shall be subject to a fine of $25 for a first offense, $50 for a second offense and $400 for a third and each subsequent offense.
[Amended 9-13-1994 by Ord. No. 1994-5]
No grass clippings, weeds, undergrowth, trash or other debris shall be deposited in any street and/or gutter of the town.
[Added 6-10-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-8]
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or association to set fire to, burn, or cause to be set fire to or burned any trash, brush, shavings, sawdust or wood pulp out of doors within the corporate limits of the Town of Snow Hill without first having obtained permission from the Mayor and Council of Snow Hill, unless such trash, brush, shavings, sawdust or wood pulp to be burned shall be enclosed and burned within an incinerator or other container which has been previously approved for that purpose by the Mayor and Council of Snow Hill.
A person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a municipal infraction and shall be issued a civil citation for $100 for a first offense, and a fine of $250 for a second offense and subsequent offense(s). The person shall be given 20 days to pay the citation at Town Hall or request a trial in the District Court. Failure to pay the fine or request a trial date, or failure to appear at trial when scheduled, shall result in the fine amount being doubled. In addition, the Town may request that the Court issue an order of abatement and reimbursement for reasonable attorney fees and court costs. Each day that a violation continues after notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.