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941.20  WEEDS, GRASS, VINES, BRUSH AND SHRUBBERY; MAINTENANCE.

   (a)   No person being the owner, occupant, lessee, tenant or agent of any property located within the City shall allow noxious or unsightly weeds or grass to grow to a height of six inches.  Furthermore, no owner, occupant, lessee, tenant or agent shall allow the growth of any unkempt vines, brush, or shrubbery or tree limbs to grow onto any easement or right of way whose presence creates a nuisance or a health or safety concern.  This includes prohibiting the discharge of grass clippings and debris onto City streets and alleyways while mowing.  As used in this section, “property” also includes that portion of land extending to the pavement surface of a contiguous street or alley.

   (b)   If the owner, occupant, lessee, tenant or agent fails to remove the unsightly grass, weeds, unkempt vines, brush, shrubbery or tree limbs within the timeframe given by the City Manager or his or her authorized representative, the responsible party would be issued a citation to appear in Municipal Court; if the conditions still are not resolved, the City Manager or his or her authorized representative may permit the property to be abated at a cost (per occurrence) as follows:

      (1)   The cost of labor shall be two hundred dollars ($200.00) for the first hour and one hundred dollars ($100.00) per hour for each hour thereafter.

      (2)   If debris or materials are hauled from the site in order to remove the noxious weeds there will be a seventy-five dollars ($75.00) disposal and hauling fee.

      (3)   Each charge under or pursuant to this section, as assessed against the property to which the service is rendered, is hereby made a lien upon the corresponding lot, parcel of land, or premises, and is to be certified to the Auditor of Scioto County, Ohio.  The certified amount shall be collected as other taxes and liens.

   (c)   If the address of the owner or other person having charge of the land is unknown, it is sufficient to publish the notice once in a newspaper of general circulation in the City.

   Only one notice per calendar year is required for a lot or parcel.  If, after a notice has been served in accordance with this section, the City Manager, or his designated agent, determines that a subsequent violation has occurred, the City may proceed with the remedy set forth in subsection (b) hereof without further notice.

(Ord. 2019-60.  Passed 10-14-19.)

Bookmark941.99  PENALTY.

   (a)   Whoever violates any provision of Sections 941.01 through 941.19, for which no other penalty is provided,  shall be fined not more than thirty-five dollars ($35.00) for the first offense, and sixty dollars ($60.00) for each subsequent offense.  Each day's continued violation shall constitute a separate offense.

(Ord. 2006-45.  Passed 6-26-06.)

   (b)   Whoever violates Section 941.20 shall be guilty of a minor misdemeanor on the first offense, and a fourth degree misdemeanor on each subsequent offense.  Each day’s continued violation shall constitute a separate offense.  (Ord. 2003-58.  Passed 6-9-03.)