(a)   Title. This chapter may be referred to as the “Property Maintenance Code”, and is herein referred to as “this Code”.
   (b)   Purpose. The purpose of this Code is to protect the public health, safety, and welfare, and property values, by establishing minimum standards for maintenance, appearance, condition, and occupancy, and for essential utilities, facilities, and other physical components and conditions to make residential premises fit for human habitation, and to make nonresidential premises fit for use according to the purpose for which they were developed; by fixing certain responsibilities and duties upon the occupants; by authorizing and establishing procedures for inspection of premises, and enforcement of this Code; establishing penalties for violations; and providing for proper repair, demolition, or vacation of premises which do not comply with this Code.
   (c)   Interpretation.  
      (1)   The provisions of this Code shall be interpreted and applied as minimum requirements, and shall not be deemed a limitation or repeal of any other power granted by the Ohio Revised Code.
      (2)   Nothing in this Code shall be construed to abrogate the Federal or State Constitutions, nor to grant powers to the Village that are otherwise reserved by and for Federal and State government.
   (d)   Abrogation and Greater Restrictions. It is not the intent of this Code to repeal, abrogate, annul, impair, or interfere with any existing easements, covenants, deed restrictions agreements, ordinances, rules, regulations, or permits previously adopted or issued pursuant to law. Where two or more provisions apply the higher standard shall prevail.
   (e)   Severability. If a section, provision, or part of this Code is adjudged to be invalid or unconstitutional, such adjudication shall not affect the validity of this Code as a whole or any section, provision, or part hereof not adjudged invalid or unconstitutional.
(Ord. 3222. Passed 6-27-05.)