Town of North Beach, MD
Calvert County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Town Council of the Town of North Beach as Art. IX of the 1982 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Added by Res. No. 3-83]
By the authority invested in Paragraph 19 of the Charter of the Town of North Beach, The Mayor and Council presents the following Sanitation Ordinance designed to protect the health, safety, economic welfare and status of the Town of North Beach, Maryland and its residents from the excessive accumulation of, but not limited to, weeds, litter, garbage, rubbish and refuse on public or private property within the corporate limits of the Town of North Beach, Maryland.
The occupants of all premises where refuse is accumulated for collection shall, on collection days, securely confine, in a manner that does not interfere with the collectors' duties, any animal capable of inflicting bodily harm upon the collector,
The occupants of all premises shall, in icy and snowy weather, keep such walks, paths, driveways, and steps as may be used by the collector in the normal collection of refuse, in a condition that will permit the collection to be made without reasonable hazard to the collectors.
No person shall deposit, throw or place, or cause to be deposited, thrown or placed, any refuse in any avenue, alley, street, or other public place in the Town or into any waters adjoining the said Town.
No person shall place or cause to be placed in any receptacle provided for the collection of refuse any human or animal excreta, or any article or substance soiled by human or animal excreta.
No sewer or drainage from any septic tank, sink, toilet or basin shall be allowed to flow into the streets or into Chesapeake Bay.
No dead fish, crabs, garbage, trash, leaves, debris or other refuse shall be deposited or thrown in the bay.
Every dwelling place within the town shall have running water.
Every building shall be connected to the town sewer system, unless the Sanitary Committee certifies that the building cannot be serviced by the town sewer system. The owner of the property shall be held responsible for full compliance with the requirements of this section and any such owner who, after being notified by a letter mailed to his or her last known address as shown on the tax records shall refuse, neglect or fail to comply with the notice or order of the Council within 20 days from the date thereof shall be guilty of a municipal infraction.
[Amended by Ord. No. 3-83; 8-8-1991 by Ord. No. 9-91]
A. 
Hazardous accumulation of trash and rubbish; dangerous trees and limbs. It shall be unlawful for any owner, tenant, or servant on any property within the town to keep or cause to be kept or deposit or accumulate any trash, waste, material, rubbish, filth, and/or stagnant water upon the property that would in any manner cause unhealthy, unsanitary, and offensive conditions. Nor shall any person permit any of the above to remain thereon for a period in excess of 24 hours.
B. 
Dangerous trees and limbs. It shall be unlawful for any owner, tenant, or servant or any property owner within the Town to allow any matured trees or tree limbs to deteriorate to the point where it could break and fall thus causing damage or personal injury. Nor shall any person allow such condition once it has been identified to remain more than 24 hours.
C. 
Weeds, grass, or plants.
(1) 
It shall be unlawful to permit any weeds, grass or plants other than trees, bushes, flowers or other ornamental plants to grow to a height exceeding eight inches anywhere within the town.
(2) 
It shall be the responsibility of every owner, occupant, or agent of land, property, lots and open land spaces to keep grass and sod cut and trimmed on the right-of-way area, line between the street and roadway curb and gutter line and the property line or boundary of the property owner adjacent thereto and to keep hedges shrubs, and bushes used as a property line or boundary line marker immediately adjacent to the right-of-way area cut and trimmed so as not to exceed in height that which governs the height of fences within the town.
(3) 
It shall be unlawful for any person to let grow higher than that height which governs the height of fences, any hedge being used as a fence or boundary marker on private or public properties adjacent to or facing the street, roadway, walkway and passageways or intersections and on a corner lot at a height so as to obstruct vision.
D. 
Notice to abate and abatement by Town. Any person who allows a condition as described in Subsection A, B and C of this section to exist for more than 24 hours will upon proper notice from the Town of North Beach and/or its designated representative take action to abate such condition. Proper notice from the Town of North Beach and/or its designated representative means that the Town will cause to be sent a written notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, a notice by regular mail and a posting of the notice on the offending property. In addition, personal service of the notice will constitute proper notification. Once those notices are sent, the Town may proceed under the conditions of this chapter regardless of whether a return receipt is received back from the property owner. If, and after seven days of the sending of proper notice or personal service, the person(s) who allows such conditions as described in Subsection A, B and C of this section, fails to properly abate such conditions, and/or at any time the Town of North Beach and/or its designated representative determines that the situation has reached the point that it is an immediate threat to the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the Town of North Beach, the Town of North Beach and/or its designated representative may take action to enter onto the property with employees of the Town of North Beach, and/or other employees as may be required or deemed necessary to abate the condition immediately. The Town of North Beach and/or its designated representative shall keep an account of the expenses to the Town for the abating of the nuisance, and the expenses will be charges to the owner of the property. If such is not paid in full within 30 days of billing, such charges shall attach as a lien to the property and be billed on the owner's property tax bill. If such charges have not been paid within 30 days of date of billing, there shall be charged a rate of 1.5% interest on the first day of each succeeding month until such charges and interest have been paid in full.
[Amended 7-28-2010 by Ord. No. 10-08]
[Amended 6-1-2000 by Res. No. 05-00]
Violations of this chapter shall be a municipal infraction, punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article III, Penalties.