[R.O. 2006 §220.310; CC 1985 §26-26; Ord. No. 96.09 §1, 5-16-1996]
No owner of any lot, place or area within the City, where the terrain would permit the use of a lawn mower or brush hog, shall permit on such lot, place or area, any weeds, grass, unhealthful growths, or other noxious matter at a height of more than twelve (12) inches thereon.
Unlawful To Maintain Such Nuisance. It shall be unlawful for any person to create or maintain a nuisance as defined in Subsection (A).
Liability. Whenever weeds, high grass or other vegetation in violation of Subsection (A) of this Section are allowed to grow on any part of any lot or ground within the City, the owner of the ground, or in case of joint tenancy, tenancy by entireties or tenancy in common, each owner thereof shall be liable.
Notice. The Building Official shall give a hearing after ten (10) days' notice thereof, either personally or by United States mail to the owner or owners, or his/her or their agents, or by posting such notice on the premises; thereupon, the Building Official may declare the weeds, high grass or other vegetation to be a nuisance and order the same to be abated within five (5) days.
Disposition. In case the weeds, high grass or other vegetation are not cut down and removed within the five (5) days, the Compliance Officer shall have the weeds, high grass or other vegetation cut down and removed and shall certify the costs of same to the City Clerk.
Tax Bill. The City Clerk shall cause a special tax bill therefor against the property to be prepared and to be collected by the Collector with other taxes assessed against the property; and the tax bill from the date of its issuance shall be a first (1st) lien on the property until paid and shall be prima facie evidence of the recitals therein and of its validity, and no mere clerical error or informality in the same, or in the proceedings leading up to the issuance, shall be a defense thereto. Each special tax bill shall be issued by the City Clerk and delivered to the Collector on or before the first (1st) day of June of each year. Such tax bills if not paid when due shall bear interest at the rate of eight percent (8%) per annum.
[R.O. 2006 §220.320; CC 1985 §26-27; Ord. No. 96.09 §2, 5-16-1996]
Any association, person or corporation that permits or allows weeds or grass to reach a height of more than twelve (12) inches shall be in violation of this Article and upon conviction shall be subject to a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00), but not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00). Further, each day that said violation is found to occur after notice has been given to the record owner of the property as set forth in said ordinance, shall be deemed to constitute a separate violation.