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OWNER OR OCCUPANT: As used in this section "owner or occupant" shall include the record owners, individually or collectively, the occupants, the residents, the lessees, or any other individuals with an interest or control of any parcel of real estate within the city of Alton. It shall also include any and all employees, servants, or agents having control or responsibility of any parcel of real estate on behalf of the owner or occupant as defined herein, including, but not limited to, those or representatives attempting to sell or lease any parcel of real estate pursuant to a contract with the respective owner or occupant.
WEEDS: All grasses, annual plants and vegetation other than trees or shrubs; provided, however, this term shall not include cultivated flowers and gardens. (Ord. 6076, 6-26-1996; amd. Ord. 7272, 8-24-2011)
B. Growth Prohibited: It shall be unlawful for any owner, lessee, occupant, agent, servant, representative or employee of such owner, lessee or occupant, having control of any lot of ground, or any part thereof, together with and including the area between the lot and the curb or pavement line of any adjacent street or alley, including any drainage ditch located therein, to permit or maintain on any such property any weeds in excess of seven inches (7") high. (Ord. 7363, 8-14-2013, eff. retroactive to 8-1-2013)
C. Nuisance Declared: All "weeds", as herein defined, are hereby declared to be a public nuisance, and all dry grass, weeds or other similar dangerous combustible materials remaining deposited or lying on any property or premises within the city limits are hereby declared to be a nuisance and shall be disposed of as hereinafter set forth. (Ord. 3232, 5-14-1964)
D. Liability: Weeds and all dry grass or other similar combustible material shall be cut and removed, or just removed if already cut, by the "owner or occupant" as herein defined, within five (5) days after notice in writing by the City to cut and remove the same shall have been duly given. Service of such notice may be had either by personal service upon said "owner or occupant" as herein defined, or by sending said notice by United States mail postage prepaid to the last known post office address of such person. (Ord. 7363, 8-14-2013, eff. retroactive to 8-1-2013)