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(A) For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
DESTRUCTION ORDER. The notice served by the enforcement authority on the property owner of the ordinance violation.
ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY. The Code Enforcement Officer, the Dearborn County Planning Department, the City Manager, or any agent appointed by the Mayor.
PROPERTY OWNER. The person occupying the property, the holder of legal title or a person having control over the property of another, such as a right-of-way, easement, license or lease.
RANK VEGETATION. The uncontrolled, uncultivated growth of annuals and perennial plants.
WEEDS, GRASSES. Includes Canada thistle, thistles, Johnson grass, sorghum, alum (i.e., allium), bur cucumber, bluegrasses, rye grasses, fescue grasses, and shattercane, but shall not include shrubs, trees, cultivated plants or crops.
(B) In no event shall cultivated plants or crops include plants that have been defined by state statute or administrative rule as being noxious or detrimental plants.
(C) The Indiana Cooperative Extension Service shall be the referenced technical authority for the enforcement authority with respect to the definition of exempt matters, shrubs, trees, cultivated plants and crops.
(Ord. 2005-06, passed 6-20-05; Am. Ord. 2013-003, passed 4-1-13; Am. Ord. 2015-005, passed 6-1-15; Am. Ord. 2021-06, passed 10-12-21)