§ 12.71  FINDINGS.
   The City Council makes the following findings regarding the need to promptly remove from private and public .
   (a)    constitutes a form of vandalism defacing public and without the permission of the owner, and causing citizens, businesses and the city to incur the cost of repair and removal.
   (b)    is a visual symbol of disorder eroding public safety, contributing to a downward spiral of blight and decay, lessening values, business viability and ultimately tax revenues and, as such, is inconsistent with the city’s maintenance goals and aesthetic standards.
   (c)   There is substantial evidence that prompt eradication of is an effective prevention strategy which discourages its return while failure to promptly remove increases the likelihood that more will occur on the same site and on other nearby .
   (d)   The failure to maintain one’s by removing which has been declared by the city to constitute a within a reasonable period of time is injurious to the public health, safety, morals and general welfare of the residents of the city.
(1958 Code, § 192.04)  (Added by Ord. 75-14, passed 3-24-1975; recodified by Ord. 98-53, passed 11-16-1998; added by Ord. 2000-9, passed 5-15-2000)