[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Meriden 10-7-1963 as Ch. 13, Art. I, of the 1963 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Air pollution — See Ch. 58.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 107.
Food and food service establishments — See Ch. 112.
Housing standards — See Ch. 125.
Massage establishments — See Ch. 133.
Meat — See Ch. 136.
Milk and milk products — See Ch. 139.
Sewers — See Ch. 170.
Solid waste, recycling and littering — See Ch. 176.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 180.
Trailers and trailer camps — See Ch. 194.
State Public Health Code — See C.G.S. § 19a-36.
Abatement of nuisances — See C.G.S. § 19a-206.
Every condition or activity in the City which is offensive or prejudicial to the health and welfare of the residents of the City shall be deemed to be a nuisance, and where an activity or condition is not expressly declared to be a nuisance by law or ordinance the Director of Health and Human Services shall have the power and authority to determine that such activity or condition constitutes a nuisance as defined in this section.
It shall be unlawful for any person to commit, or aid, advise, abet or encourage the commission of, any act declared to be a nuisance or prohibited as such by the provisions of this Code or other ordinance or law.
The Director of Health and Human Services or any authorized inspector may, at any reasonable time, enter into any building or upon any premises in the City for the purpose of investigating sanitary conditions therein.
Whenever the Director of Health and Human Services has notice or knowledge of the existence of any unsanitary condition or nuisance in any street or upon any public grounds, he shall cause the same to be abated or removed at once.
The Director of Health and Human Services shall maintain complaint records, which shall be kept in his office, open to inspection at any time, in which shall be entered the name and address of any person making a complaint of any violation of the health ordinances or of unsanitary conditions on premises of the City, if such information can be secured, and the name and address of the person owning or occupying the premises complained of or who is alleged to have violated a health ordinance.
Whenever any complaint of a violation of the health ordinances of the City, or of unsanitary premises in the City, is made to the Director of Health and Human Services or any such violation or condition otherwise comes to his attention, he shall, within a reasonable time, make whatever investigation may be necessary to determine whether or not in his opinion such violation or condition exists.
If the Director of Health and Human Services, after making the investigation required by the preceding section, finds that any unsanitary condition or nuisance exists on any premises inspected by him, he shall issue an order to the owner or occupant responsible for such condition, directing such person to abate such condition or nuisance within a time to be specified in such order, which shall in no case be later than two weeks from the date of service of such order, in the manner specified therein.
Every order issued by the Director of Health and Human Services under the provisions of the preceding section shall be served on the person to whom it is directed by leaving a true attested copy thereof at the usual place of abode of such person if he is a resident of the City, and, if he is a nonresident, then by leaving such copy with the agent in charge of the premises on which the condition to be remedied exists, and, if no such agent can be found in the City, then by mailing such copy to such nonresident person by registered mail to his last known post office address.
If any person fails to comply with any order issued by the Director of Health and Human Services and served as provided in the preceding section, within the time and in the manner specified in such order, the Director of Health and Human Services shall cause the condition ordered to be remedied to be abated by the City. The expense of such abatement shall be chargeable to the person to whom the order is directed and shall be collectible by the City in the same manner that other debts due the City are collected.
It shall be unlawful for any person to throw or deposit any filth or offensive matter in any street or public place or upon the premises of another or in any sewer, catch basin or drain or stream or watercourse in the City.
It shall be unlawful for the owner or occupant of any premises in the City to allow any poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac to grow or remain on such premises within 25 feet of an established street line, or within 25 feet of adjoining property except with the written consent of the owner of such adjoining property.
[Added 6-3-1996; amended 4-3-2017]
The provisions of this chapter may be enforced by citation up to $250, in addition to other remedies. The following persons have the authority to issue citations for violation pursuant to this chapter: sanitarian, Environmental Health Administrator, Associate Director of Health and Director of Health and Human Services.