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A. Definitions: For purposes of this section, the following words and terms shall be defined as set forth below:
EXOTIC WEEDS: The following invasive, exotic species of weeds as listed by the Illinois exotic weed act1:
Lythrum salicaria and
NATIVE ILLINOIS PRAIRIE PLANTS: Plants accepted as native of the tall grass prairies of the midwestern United States and described as such in the publication "Plants of the Chicago Region", by Floyd Swink and Gerold Wilhelm (1994), or in subsequent editions of said publication. A copy of this book will be kept on file with the village clerk.
NOXIOUS WEEDS: The invasive, noxious species of weeds as listed shall be prohibited as required by the Illinois noxious weed law2:
NUISANCE WEEDS: The following invasive, exotic species of weeds 1:
Canada blue grass
Charlock, wild mustard
Common wood sorrel
Crowfoot grass, yard grass
Dead nettle, henbit
Eyebane, nodding spurge
Field nut sedge
Ox eye daisy
Redtop creeping bent,
Reed canary grass
Spiny snow thistle
Spotted creeping spurge
Storefront sow thistle
Wild carrot, Queen Anne's
PARKWAY: That portion of the right of way situated between the property line and the curb line, gravel shoulder, or edge of pavement.
TURF GRASSES: The following plants are hereby declared to be turf grasses:
Festuca rubra commutata
Creeping bent grass
Creeping red fescue
Festuca rubra rubra
Italian rye grass
Perennial rye grass
Zoysia japonica and
WEEDS: Nonnative plant species that infest and spread at the expense of native and cultivated plant species, creating a dense monoculture.
B. Declaration Of Public Nuisance: The species identified as noxious weeds, exotic weeds, nuisance weeds, turf grasses which are more than eight inches (8") in height, and native Illinois prairie plants to the extent not conforming with subsection 12.6C of this section, are hereby declared to be a public nuisance, and it shall be unlawful for any person owning or in control of any parcel of property within the village limits to permit the growth of such species thereon or on the parkway adjacent to said parcel of property.
C. Native Illinois Prairie Plants:
(1) Annual Cutting: Native Illinois prairie plants on private lots shall be mowed or cut to eighteen inches (18") or less in height at least once per year between October 1 and May 1. (Ord. 02-03-06)
(2) Setback: Native Illinois prairie plants shall not be permitted to overhang or encroach onto adjacent properties, nor shall native Illinois prairie plants be permitted to overhang or encroach upon a public sidewalk. (Ord. 03-10-25)
(3) Parkway: Native Illinois prairie plants shall not be cultivated within the parkway, and if naturally occurring, shall not be permitted to grow more than eight inches (8") in height.
D. Enforcement: If an owner or one in control of a parcel of land violates any part of this section, the village manager, or his representative shall send by certified mail a notice of such violation to said person, informing him of the violation and request that such violation be abated within ten (10) days from the time of mailing said notice. If the violation is not abated within the ten (10) day period, the village, through its employees or agent, may enter upon the property where said plants are growing and may proceed to destroy and/or cut to an appropriate height, as the case may be, the plants thereon causing the violation, and any expense incurred by the village in so doing shall be a charge against the owner or person in control so failing, and such charge may be recovered in an appropriate action in law instituted by the village manager. In addition thereto, the village may create a lien against the property involved. However, nothing in this section shall prevent the village from imposing other penalties as permitted by this code. (Ord. 02-03-06)