[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Board of the Township of Denton 6-7-1978 by Ord. No. 41. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any act or acts or omission to act on the part of any person which creates or permits the existence of a situation which annoys, injures or endangers the peace, welfare, order, health or safety of the public in their persons or property. As defined herein, a "nuisance" includes but is not limited to conditions which render persons insecure in life or in the use and enjoyment of their property, such as effects and emanations from noise, glare, lights, vibration, dust, smoke, odor, gas, steam, fly ash, soot, acids, chemicals, fumes, cinders, worms, insects, rodents, flies, decaying matter, whether such effects and emanations are natural or result from human or mechanical alteration or manipulation of materials. A "nuisance" also includes residues or leachings from deposits of matter which seep into water on the surface or in the ground thereby making it unfit or unpalatable for human consumption, or for use by domestic animals. A "nuisance" includes a condition which is indecent, obnoxious, or offensive to the senses.
- PERSONS or PERSON
- A natural person and also includes corporations, partnerships and associations and their officers and officials existing under or authorized to exist under the laws of the State of Michigan or of any other state or any foreign country.
Any person who creates, causes, allows, suffers or permits the existence of a nuisance shall be responsible for a municipal civil infraction, and proceedings shall be instituted pursuant to Chapter 38, Municipal Civil Infractions.
It is the duty of the person who creates, causes, allows, suffers or permits the existence of a nuisance to abate the same. The term "abate" or "abatement" shall include demolition, removal, repair, maintenance, construction, reconstruction, replacement and reconditioning of structures, appliances, appurtenances or equipment; and it shall also include removal, transportation, burying, disposal and treatment of refuse, manure or other substance or media capable of causing obnoxious odors or of attracting or breeding flies, and the application of chemicals, insecticides or other substances or the use of mechanical means to control, eradicate and eliminate the nuisance conditions, including screenbelts or trees and fences. Any action taken under this section for enforcement shall be taken only by a vote of the majority members of the Township Board at a public meeting of said Board.
The Supervisor is hereby authorized to enforce this chapter, and he may delegate the enforcement to any administrative official or employee of the Township. The Township may seek abatement of a nuisance and such other relief as may be obtained by civil proceedings in court. This is in addition to and not in derogation of prosecutions for violations of this chapter under § 214-2 hereof.