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(A) At least once each week, the owner of a property required to be registered under this chapter must ensure that the property is inspected and secured against unlawful entry, that the property is cleaned, vegetation is mowed, and that the property walkways and driveways have been adequately cleared of snow and ice. Records of such inspections shall be provided to the Department of Code Enforcement upon request.
(B) The window and door opening of all buildings on the property shall be secured against unlawful entry by the use of locks designed for such use.
(C) In order to protect a building against unlawful entry or vandalism while it is vacant, an owner may secure the windows and doors of the building by the use of boarding. If boarding is used to secure the building, the following standards must be met:
(1) Windows shall be framed by two-inch by four-inch boards secured with plywood to the same by using six 7-inch lag bolts into King studs in all corners and in the center of the vertical boards.
(2) The plywood must be four-ply CDX sheeting or approved equivalent material, no less than one-half inch in thickness and attached by tamper proof screws no less than three inches in length.
(3) The screws must be type W for wood and type S for steel, and must be applied to a maximum of eight inches on center.
(D) Boarding of a vacant structure is to be considered a temporary and not a long-term method of securing the building. Any boards applied to secure doors and windows for more than 30 days must be surface coated with exterior grade paint so as to reduce the blighting effect on the immediate neighborhood.
(E) After six months, all plywood must be removed and replaced with secure doors or glazed windows.
(Ord. 2019-002, passed 3-11-19) Penalty, see § 100.99