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(A) Purpose. This chapter is designed to protect the public health, safety and welfare by:
(1) Establishing what constitutes a nuisance on residential and non-residential properties and properties without existing structures;
(2) Prohibiting public nuisances that substantially annoy, injure or endanger the public or unlawfully or substantially interfere with the use and enjoyment of private or public property;
(3) Fixing the responsibilities of owners, operators and occupants of all occupied residential and non-residential structures, and vacant structures and premises; and
(4) Providing for administration, enforcement and civil penalties.
(B) Intent. This chapter shall be construed liberally and justly to ensure public health, safety and welfare insofar as they are affected by the continued use and maintenance of structures and premises.
(C) Other regulations. The provisions of this chapter shall not be construed to prevent the enforcement of other ordinances or regulations.
(D) Application of other codes. Any repairs, alterations or changes to a structure, which are caused directly or indirectly by the enforcement of this chapter, shall be done in accordance with the procedures and provisions of any other existing codes used and enforced by the city, including, but not limited to, the city’s Property Maintenance Code and the state’s Building Code, Fire Code and Electrical Code.
(E) Remedies. The provisions of this chapter shall not be construed to abolish or impair existing or other remedies of the city or its officers or agencies relating to the removal or demolition of any buildings that are dangerous, unsafe or unsanitary.
(F) Workmanship. All repairs, maintenance, work, alterations or installations that are required for compliance with this chapter shall be executed and installed in a workmanlike and acceptable manner.
(G) Conflict with other ordinances or regulations. In any case where a provision of this chapter is found to be in conflict with any existing code, ordinance or regulation of the city, the provision that establishes the highest standard shall apply, so long as the penalty for violation of that provision is civil in nature. If the penalty of the provision establishing the highest standard is not civil in nature, then this chapter shall be the prevailing authority, with the exception of the state’s Building Code, Fire Code and Electrical Code, which shall control over conflicting city ordinances.
(1984 Code, § 92.02) (Ord. O-13-03, passed 4-1-2003; Ord. O-55-04, passed 8-24-2004; Ord. O-32-16, passed 11-15-2016)