City of Crystal Lake, IL
McHenry County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Crystal Lake 1-19-1993 (Art. VI, Ch. II, Section B, of the 1993 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
General penalty — See Ch. 1, Art. II.
Litter — See Ch. 334.
Nuisances — See Ch. 364.
Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 492.
Inoperable vehicles — See Ch. 508.
The storing of junk, trash and refuse on private property within the City of Crystal Lake, where such storage is not specifically authorized under the provisions of Chapter 650, Zoning, is hereby prohibited and declared a nuisance.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
JUNK, TRASH AND REFUSE
Includes any and all waste matter, whether reusable or not, which is offensive to the public health, safety or to the aesthetics of the neighborhood, and is specifically intended to include, but not be limited to, worn out, wrecked and/or abandoned automobiles, trucks, tractors, machinery of any kind, any parts thereof, old ice boxes, refrigerators and stoves.
[Amended 5-21-1996 by Ord. No. 3909]
Any person who observes a violation of this chapter may file an affidavit setting forth in detail the violation, its location and the name of the owner, occupant or agent of the property on which such nuisance is alleged, and may file such affidavit with the Housing or Sanitation Department of the City of Crystal Lake. An inspector of the Housing or Sanitation Department shall investigate such charge, and if such nuisance exists, issue a notice to the owner, occupant or agent at his/her last known address or as shown on the records of the Collector of Taxes of McHenry County, Illinois, of the property as provided in § 317-5 of this chapter.
[Amended 5-21-1996 by Ord. No. 3909]
Any police officer or inspector of the Housing or Sanitation Department of the City of Crystal Lake upon observing any violation of this chapter shall issue a notice directed to the owner of record of the property or agent at his/her last known address or as shown on the records of the Collector of Taxes of McHenry County, Illinois, on which said nuisance occurs, as shown in the records of the Recorder of Deeds of McHenry County, or to the occupant of said property, or to all, which said notice shall describe the violation and shall establish a reasonable time limit for the abatement thereof by such owner, occupant or agent, which time shall be not less than two days nor more than 10 days after service of such notice.
[Amended 5-21-1996 by Ord. No. 3909]
Any police officer or inspector of the Housing or Sanitation Department of the City of Crystal Lake is authorized and empowered to serve the notice herein provided for upon the owner, occupant or agent of the property where such nuisance exists, or upon all of them, by personal service or by registered or certified mail addressed to said owner, occupant or agent at his/her last known address or as shown on the records of the Recorder of Deeds of McHenry County, Illinois. If the notice is served by personal service, the police officer or inspector shall make his/her return of service upon a copy of such notice, showing the time of service, the person upon whom it was served, and the manner it was served. In the event that the owner, occupant or agent cannot be found for personal service, service may be made by attaching a copy of the notice upon the premises in violation, and by mailing a copy by registered mail or certified mail to the last known address of such owner, occupant or agent.
Immediately upon the termination of the time allowed in any such notice for the abatement of such nuisance, the police officer or inspector of the Housing or Sanitation Department of the City of Crystal Lake, who served or mailed such notice, or any other police officer or inspector who shall be assigned by the Housing and Sanitation Commissioners, shall investigate to determine whether or not such nuisance has been abated.
[Amended 5-21-1996 by Ord. No. 3909]
In the event the owner, occupant or agent of the property where such nuisance exists has failed within the prescribed time to abate such nuisance, then the police officer or inspector of the Housing or Sanitation Department of the City of Crystal Lake, who served or mailed such notice, or the person who filed an affidavit with the Housing or Sanitation Department, or the inspector of the Housing or Sanitation Department who investigated whether such nuisance had been abated, shall file a complaint charging violation of this chapter with the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit, or a Magistrate thereof, charging violation of this chapter and demanding that the owner of the property, the occupant thereof or the agent, or all, be punished as herein provided.