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The following are declared to be public nuisances affecting health:
A. Tainted Food:
1. All decayed or unwholesome food offered for sale to the public.
2. Milk which is produced by cows which have not been tested and found free from tuberculosis within the year previous of the offering of such milk for sale to the public.
B. Diseased Persons: All public exposure of persons having a contagious disease.
C. Common Cups Or Towels: The use of a common drinking cup or roller towel.
D. Medicine Samples To Minors: The distribution of samples of medicines or drugs to persons under twenty one (21) years of age.
E. Diseased Animals: All diseased animals running at large.
F. Animal Carcasses: Carcasses of animals not buried or destroyed within twenty four (24) hours after death.
G. Stagnant Water: All ponds or pools of stagnant water.
H. Offensive Premises:
1. Accumulations of manure or rubbish.
2. Privy vaults and garbage cans which are not flytight.
3. Septic tanks, drain fields and private sewage disposal facilities which malfunction, causing overflow, offensive odors or both.
I. Offensive Businesses: Offensive trades, businesses and firms as defined by statute or ordinance, not licensed as provided by law.
J. Water Pollution: The pollution of any public well, cistern, stream, lake, canal or body of water by sewage, creamery or industrial wastes or other substances.
K. Air Pollution: Dense smoke, noxious fumes, gas, soot or cinders in unreasonable quantities.
L. Weeds: All noxious weeds and other rank growths upon public or private property 1 . (1971 Code § 15-3; amd. 2000 Code)
M. Firewood In Residential Districts: All stacks or accumulations of firewood in residential zoning districts not meeting all of the following standards:
1. The maximum amount of firewood which may be stored is six (6) fireplace cords or two hundred fifty six (256) cubic feet. One fireplace cord shall be defined as a sixteen inch by four feet by eight feet (16" x 4' x 8') stack of wood. For properties where the primary heating source is wood, six (6) cords are permitted. One cord shall be defined as a four feet by four feet by eight feet (4' x 4' x 8') stack of wood. The city shall inspect and verify the primary heating source. Firewood shall be maintained in neat and secure stacks, the height of which shall be no more than twice the width, with a maximum height of six feet (6') above grade.
2. No wood shall be stored in a front yard.
3. Woodpiles shall be elevated a minimum of three inches (3") above the ground.
4. The setback for firewood stacks shall be the same as the setbacks for accessory structures in the zoning district.
5. Firewood stacks must be screened from view from public streets and adjoining properties, except that no screening is required for a single fireplace cord stacked next to the principal structure. All such screening shall consist of a solid fence or wall, or equivalent as approved by the community development director, not less than six feet (6') in height above grade. All such screening shall be constructed in a workmanlike manner, including method of construction and materials and must be maintained so as not to be dilapidated, decayed, unsightly or unstable.
6. The foregoing criteria shall not apply to stacks of wood which are stored or kept in a covered structure and impervious to the elements or for the temporary storage of logs for up to thirty (30) days for the purpose of cutting and splitting logs into a size usable in a residential wood burning device. (Ord. 713, 3-20-2002)
N. Other Acts And Conditions: All other acts, omissions of acts, occupations and uses of property which are deemed by the director of public safety or city council to be a menace to the health of the inhabitants of the city, or a considerable number thereof. (1971 Code § 15-3; amd. 2000 Code)
O. Land Spreading Septage: Land spreading septage on any property within the incorporated areas of Cottage Grove, Washington County, Minnesota. (Ord. 943, 4-1-2015)
1. See also chapter 3 of this title.