Charter Township of Meridian
Ingham County
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Cross references: Buildings and building regulations, ch. 14; manufactured homes and trailers, ch. 42; nuisances, ch. 46; parks and recreation, ch. 54; streets, sidewalks and other public places, ch. 58; subdivisions and other divisions of land, ch. 62; zoning, ch. 86; street trees, § 86-473.
State law reference: Weed control, MCL 247.61 et seq.
[Code 1974, § 98-1; amended by Ord. No. 2015-03, 5-19-2015]
It shall be the duty of the owner, agent or occupant of any property located within 75 feet of a structure, excepting public utility installations, to prevent weeds, grasses, brush or other vegetation from growing to a height of greater than eight inches, nor shall such owner, agent, or occupant permit an accumulation of dead weeds, grasses, brush or other vegetation of a height greater than eight inches on any such properties. Nothing in this section shall apply to trees, flower gardens, vegetation planted for ornamental purposes, vegetation in vegetable gardens or vegetation in fields devoted to an agricultural crop.
[Code 1974, § 98-2; amended by Ord. No. 2015-03, 5-19-2015]
The Fire Chief, Fire Inspector or Township manager, or the authorized agent of the manager, shall notify personally, or by posting on the premises, the owner, agent or occupant of any of the lands described in § 82-26 on which prohibited grasses, weeds, vegetation or brush is found. Such notice shall contain a description of the prohibited condition and a summary of the provisions of this article. If the owner, agent or occupant of such land has failed within three business days after such notice is delivered or posted to cut, destroy or remove the prohibited condition, the Township manager or his/her agent may enter upon such land and destroy by cutting with or without mechanical equipment and/or otherwise remove the prohibited weeds, grasses, brush or other vegetation. Express power to so enter such lands and perform such duties is hereby conferred upon the Township manager and his/her agent. All expenses incurred in such destruction and/or removal shall be billed to and paid by the owner, agent or occupant of such lands. If such owner, agent or occupant shall not pay such statement when due, the amount of expenses incurred by the Township in destroying and/or removing such condition shall be paid from the Township general fund and the amount thereof assessed against the lands on which such expenditures were made on the next general assessment roll of the Township and shall be collected in the same manner as other taxes are collected. The Township shall have a lien upon such lands for such expense, such lien to be enforced in the manner prescribed by the general laws of the state providing for the enforcement of tax liens.