References to Code Violations
The code enforcement officer strives for voluntary compliance, if corrective action is not completed in a reasonable manner or time, the code enforcement officer will take criminal or civil action. The goal is to resolve the code violation through voluntary compliance.
Building & Structures in Need of Repair
Code enforcement has the responsibility for finding substandard and dangerous structures. These are structures that are a health or safety issue for the people in the community. The city works with property owners to ensure that all buildings in the city are kept in safe condition.
Junk & Weeds
Weeds can become a problem if not checked and maintained. Code enforcement responds to complaints and makes random checks of property conditions for violations. Weeds are a health and a safety concern. Weed removal is required by city ordinance. Property owners are required to keep their property free of junk, weeds, rubbish, brush, and other unsightly, or unsanitary matter. Vacant lots must also be kept free of weeds.
Property owners may be contacted and warned to remove the weeds on their property. Owners who do not comply with removal can be cited, fined, or assessed the cost of weed removal by city crews with a lien placed against the property. Weeds that have grown higher than 36 inches and are deemed as an immediate danger to the health, or safety of others; the city may abate without the notice.
Junk, Wrecked & Abandoned Vehicles
All vehicles parked or stopped on the street, or any public or private parking area, must be in running condition and have a current vehicle registration. Vehicles cannot block a street, driveway, sidewalk, or other vehicle or any public right-of-way. If the vehicle is not able to drive safely or is not in running condition (e.g., missing wheels, windshield, windows, engine, lights or other parts, or has no proof of current registration, etc.), they can be towed away by the City.
Law enforcement may take into custody an abandoned motor vehicle or watercraft found on public or private property.
Abandoned Vehicles Defined
An abandoned vehicle is defined as:
- Inoperable, more than five years old, and was left unattended on public property for more than 48 hours.
- Has remained illegally on public property for more than 48 hours.
- Has remained on private property without the consent of the owner or person in charge of the property for more than 48 hours.
A major part of code enforcement involves problems with discarded, abandoned, or neglected personal property such as old cars. These old cars go ignored by their owners and are left to decay posing a health and safety risk in violation of state laws or city ordinances.
Abandoned vehicles become a target for vandals. They are also dangerous to children and a home to rodents, stray animals, and illegal activity. They usually have some amounts of old gasoline and oil, often leaking onto the ground and into ground water posing a risk of fire if accidentally exposed to flame.
The placing of garage sale signs on city property, including utility poles and right-of-way, is prohibited.
Junk, Weeds, or Other Unsanitary Matter
The owner of a premises in the city shall keep the premises free from junk, weeds, rubbish, and brush.
It shall be presumed that a noise does in fact disturb the quiet, comfort, or repose of persons of reasonable nervous sensibilities, and therefore violates this article, when any of the following exists or occurs:
- Noise is made on property that is zoned as residential and/or multi-family districts, as those districts are defined by the city's zoning ordinance, which exceeds the decibel level described in the Code of Ordinances; when the noise level is measured from a property line that is under separate ownership or occupancy.