[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Council of the Village of Cassopolis 12-8-1997 by Ord. No. 211 (Ch. 14, Art. II, of the 2003 Code of Ordinances); amended in its entirety at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
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.
Editor's Note: See MCLA § 125.71 et seq.
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 structure.
- 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.
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 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 Code provisions.
Junk motor vehicles. The storage upon any property of junk motor vehicles which is not in a completely enclosed building is prohibited.
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 the property, or for a period of 24 continuous hours or more after the consent of the owner or occupant of property has been revoked.
Structures requiring permit. The storage upon any property of building materials unless there is in force a valid building permit issued by the Village of Cassopolis for construction upon said property and said materials are intended for use in connection with such construction.
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.
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.
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 Village 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.
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.
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 define under Act 167, Public Acts of 1917, 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 resident and property owners.
Editor's Note: See MCLA § 125.401 et seq.
Painting. No dwelling, building or structure shall be maintained with defective exterior wall coverings. "Defective exterior wall coverings" includes, but is not limited to, lack of paint or weathering due to lack of paint or any other approved protective covering.
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 Village and unless such construction is completed within a reasonable time.
This chapter shall be enforced by such persons who shall be so designated by the Village Manager.
No person shall maintain or permit to be maintained any causes of blight or blighting factors upon any property in the Village whether owned, leased, rented or occupied by such person.
Notification. The owner, if possible, and the occupant of any property upon which any of the causes of blight or blighting factor 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.
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 factors are in progress.
Failure to comply. Failure to comply with such notice within the time allowed by the owner and/or occupant shall constitute a violation of this chapter.
Unless otherwise designated herein, whoever violates any of the provision of this chapter shall be responsible for a municipal civil infraction, and subject to the payment of a civil fine determined in accordance with the following schedule:
The two-year period reference in Subsection A shall be determined as of the date of the first violation. For illustrative purposes only: if the first violation occurs on July 1, 2010, the two-year period shall be from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2012.
Each day that a violation of the standards established under § 110-3 exists, occurs or continues constitutes a separate offense and shall be subject to the penalties or sanctions provided herein as a separate offense.
Whoever violates this chapter shall also be subject to such additional sanctions, remedies, and judicial orders as are authorized and provided for under Michigan law.