[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Geneva 7-3-1968 as Ch. 44, Arts. V and VI, of the 1968 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Property maintenance — See Ch. 264.
It shall be unlawful for any owner, or occupant or person having control of any lot or land in the city to cultivate more than 10% of said lot or land or 1/10 of an acre, whichever is less, for the purpose of establishing a natural area of wildflowers and shrubs. The area must be clearly defined by the utilization of fencing, mulching or other form of delineation and shall be located not nearer than 25 feet to any public highway, street or right-of-way. The remainder of said property, lot or land, to include the area between the property line and the curb or for 10 feet outside the property line if there is no curb, shall be maintained to ensure that no growth of weeds or grass shall exceed six inches on average or to allow any accumulation of dead weeds, grass or brush.
[Amended 7-7-1993 by Ord. No. 93-7]
It shall also be unlawful for any such person to cause, suffer or allow poison ivy, ragweed or other poisonous plants or plants detrimental to health to grow on any such lot or land in such manner that any part of such ivy, ragweed or other poisonous weed shall extend upon, overhang or border any public place or allow seeds, pollen or other poisonous particles or emanations therefrom to be carried through the air into any public place.
It is prohibited to allow hedges, shrubs or trees to encroach onto public sidewalks and lines of sight of public roadways.
[Added 9-7-1988 by Ord. No. 88-7]
It shall be the duty of any owner or occupant or person having control of any lot or land to cut and remove or cause to be cut and removed all such weeds, grass or other rank, poisonous or harmful vegetation as often as may be necessary to comply with the provisions of § 100-1.
[Amended 7-8-1997 by Ord. No. 97-5]
For the purpose of the City of Geneva leaf pickup, it shall be the duty of any owner, occupant or person having control of any lot to ensure that the collected leaves shall be placed between the sidewalk and curb and shall not in any way hinder the free access by the public to the sidewalk or street. If collected leaves are placed in containers, the containers shall be made of paper or other biodegradable material. The use of plastic bags is specifically prohibited, and leaves placed in plastic bags will not be picked up.
[Added 7-16-1996 by Ord. No. 96-6]
If the provisions of the foregoing sections are not complied with, the Superintendent of Public Works shall serve written notice upon the owner, occupant or any person having the control of any such lot or land to comply with the provisions of this chapter.
If the person upon whom the notice is served fails, neglects or refuses to cut and remove or cause to be cut and removed such weeds, grass or other vegetation within five days after receipt of such notice, or if no person can be found in the city who either is or claims to be the owner of such lot or land or who either represents or claims to represent such owner, the Superintendent of Public Works shall cause such weeds, grass and other vegetation on such lot or land to be cut and removed, and the actual cost of such cutting and removal plus a service charge of 50% thereof to cover cost of supervision and administration shall be certified by the Superintendent of Public Works to the City Comptroller and such certified amount shall thereupon become and be a lien upon the property on which such weeds, grass and other vegetation were located and shall be added to and become and form part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lot or land and shall bear interest at the same rate as city real estate taxes and shall be collected and enforced in the same manner as such taxes.
The owner, occupant or any person having control over any lot, land or property found in violation of § 100-1 shall be notified in writing only once in any given year for a particular violation. Subsequent violations of a similar nature at the same location during the same year shall be corrected by the city or its agent without notice to the owner, occupant or person having control of said property. After initial notification, such owner, occupant or person having control of said property will be presumed to have been given sufficient notice of infraction for the entire season.
[Added 7-6-1988 by Ord. No. 88-5]
It shall be unlawful for any person to resist, obstruct or interfere with the Superintendent of Public Works or any agent or employee of the city in the cutting and removal of weeds, grass or rank, poisonous or harmful vegetation as set forth in § 100-3 herein.