[CC 1991 §15-16; Ord. No. 454 §15, 4-11-1972]
Every act, or thing done, or made, or permitted, allowed or continued on any property, public or private, by any person, or persons, or corporation, their agent, or servant, to the nuisance, inconvenience, detriment, damage or injury of any of the inhabitants of this City, whether specified in this Chapter or not, shall be deemed a nuisance and is hereby prohibited.
[CC 1991 §15-17; Ord. No. 454 §§2 — 8, 10 — 14, 4-11-1972; Ord. No. 2005-1467 §4, 8-16-2005; Ord. No. 2009-1596 §1, 4-29-2009; Ord. No. 2015-1777 § 1, 12-15-2015]
The following are hereby declared, defined and deemed to be nuisances for the purposes of this Chapter, provided, however, the following shall not be deemed to be exclusive:
The existence of rubbish, garbage, trash or other materials which are obnoxious, dangerous or detrimental to public health, safety or welfare upon any street, sidewalk, alley, public place or private lot or premises unless such articles are contained in an approved receptacle of a weight which will permit two (2) men to handle when filled or such a receptacle which is so designed and constructed so as to be emptied by specially constructed trash pickup vehicles and such receptacles or containers are emptied at least once a week;
Placing or throwing rubbish, garbage, trash or other articles or materials which are obnoxious, dangerous or detrimental to public health upon any street, sidewalk, alley or public or private place;
The burning of garbage, waste, refuse, leaves, straw or other combustible materials in any street, alley or on any private property, or public property other than wood or charcoal or appropriate fuel in a device or container designed for such purpose or food preparation on private property;
All ponds or pools of stagnant water; all foul or dirty water or liquid discarded through any drainpipe, spout or otherwise upon any street, alley or thoroughfare, or private lot, or public property, to the injury or nuisance of the public; the discharge of swimming pool water or backwash other than into a sanitary sewer system;
All carcasses of dead animals in the City, not slain for human food, not removed by the owner or other person entitled thereto within twelve (12) hours after death;
Depositing of any dead animal, filth, decayed, or decomposed matter, or other substance, or any things obnoxious to the public, upon a street, alley or public or private place;
Privies not of a temporary nature and provided only on an as-needed basis or privy vaults;
The keeping, sheltering and maintaining of any dog known or found to be dangerous or vicious shall be deemed to be a public nuisance;
Any dirt gathered in the cleaning of yards, waste from industrial or business establishments, or any rags, damaged merchandise, wet, broken or leaking barrels, casks or boxes, or any material, which is offensive, or which by decay tends to become putrid, or to render the atmosphere impure, or unwholesome, or which may serve as a harbor and breeding place for vermin;
Any stable, shed, building or structure, or any yard or appurtenance thereto in which any horse, or any other animal or animals shall be kept in any place in which manure or liquid discharge from such animal or animals shall collect or accumulate, so that any offensive smell shall be allowed to escape therefrom; provided that nothing in this Subsection shall be construed so as to include manure deposited upon any private property for the cultivation and enrichment of the soil, provided that such manure shall be properly applied;
Any activities which shall give rise to continued loud, excessive or offensive noises;
Outside lights, yard lights and other exterior lighting devices which cause glare and excessive illumination to surrounding property and to the owners and occupants thereof; and/or
All other acts, practices, conduct, business, occupations, callings, trades, uses of property and all other things detrimental or certain to be detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the inhabitants of the City.
Debris of any kind, including, but not limited to, weed cuttings, cut, fallen or hazardous trees and shrubs, overgrown vegetation and noxious weeds which are seven (7) inches or more in height, rubbish and trash, lumber not piled or stacked twelve (12) inches off the ground, rocks or bricks, tin, steel, parts of derelict cars or trucks, broken furniture, any flammable material which may endanger public safety or any material or condition which is unhealthy or unsafe and declared to be a public nuisance.
Any dog, cat, puppy, kitten or other animal soiling, defiling or defecating on urban property other than property of a person responsible for the animal unless such waste is immediately removed by a person responsible for the animal and deposited in a waste container or buried on ground where the person responsible for the animal has permission or the right to bury it.
Handbills On Public Or Private Property. No person shall tack, stick, paste or fasten in any manner any handbill or flier containing commercial advertising of a written, printed or pictorial nature upon any public property within the limits of the City; or on any motor vehicle, dwelling or other structure within the City without the consent of the owner or occupant thereof. See also City Code Section 620.210 prohibiting the placement of handbills on vehicles.
[CC 1991 §15-18; Ord. No. 454 §16, 4-11-1972]
It shall be the duty of the Police Department to enforce this Chapter.
[CC 1991 §15-20; Ord. No. 454 §17, 4-11-1972]
It shall be the duty of the Police Department, deputies, assistants, inspectors and other employees of the Health Department, to observe the sanitary condition of the City, and to receive, regard and investigate all complaints or information, from any source, of a violation of any provision of this Chapter, or of any unsanitary condition in the City which may constitute a nuisance.
[CC 1991 §15-21; Ord. No. 454 §18, 4-11-1972]
The Police Department shall, before proceeding to abate or remove any nuisance, notify in writing the owner, tenant, lessee or occupant, or his/her agent, employee or manager, having charge of, doing business in or on which any nuisance exists, to abate, discontinue or remove the same. If such person cannot be so served in the City, then such notice shall be given by publication by one (1) insertion in some newspaper published in the County.
[CC 1991 §15-22; Ord. No. 454 §19, 4-11-1972]
If a nuisance shall not be abated, discontinued or removed within five (5) days after service of the notice to abate the nuisance or within five (5) days after the publication of the notice, the City may proceed to abate or remove such nuisance.
[CC 1991 §15-23; Ord. No. 454 §20, 4-11-1972]
The Board of Aldermen may assess the cost of abating or removing any nuisance and levy and assess the same as a special tax bill against the property involved in the same manner and subject to the same penalties and conditions as tax bills issued by law for public improvements.
[CC 1991 §15-24; Ord. No. 454 §§23 — 24, 4-11-1972]
The City shall not be liable to any affected party for any damage or injury to any building or structure caused by the enforcement of this Chapter when such enforcement is carried out in accordance with the procedures herein provided.