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For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
PUBLIC NUISANCE. A thing, act, occupation, condition or use of property which shall continue for such length of time as to:
(1) Substantially annoy, injure or endanger the comfort, health, repose or safety of the public;
(2) In any way render the public insecure in life or in the use of property;
(3) Greatly offend the public morals or decency; or
(4) Unlawfully and substantially interfere with, obstruct or tend to obstruct or render dangerous for passage any street, alley, highway, navigable body of water or other public way.
PUBLIC NUISANCES AFFECTING HEALTH. The following acts, omissions, places, conditions and things are hereby specifically declared to be public health nuisances, but shall not be construed to exclude other health nuisances coming within the definition of “public nuisance” above:
(1) All decayed, harmfully adulterated or unwholesome food or drink sold or offered for sale to the public;
(2) Carcasses of animals, birds or fowl not buried or otherwise disposed of in a sanitary manner within 24 hours after death;
(3) Accumulations of decayed animal or vegetable matter, trash, rubbish, rotting lumber, bedding, packing material, abandoned vehicles or machinery, scrap metal or any material in which flies, mosquitoes, disease-carrying insects, rats or other vermin may breed or which create a fire hazard;
(4) All stagnant water in which mosquitoes, flies or other insects can multiply;
(5) Garbage cans which are not fly-tight;
(6) The escape of smoke, soot, cinders, noxious acids, fumes, gases, fly ash or industrial dust within the village limits in quantities as to endanger the health of persons of ordinary sensibilities or any act in violation of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act;
(7) The pollution of any public well or cistern, stream, lake, canal or body of water by sewage, creamery or industrial wastes or other substances or any act in violation of the Environmental Protection Act;
(8) Any use of property, substances or things within the village emitting or causing any foul, offensive, noisome, nauseous, noxious or disagreeable odors, effluvia or stenches extremely repulsive to the physical senses of ordinary persons which annoy, discomfort, injure or inconvenience the health of any appreciable number of persons within the village;
(9) All abandoned wells not securely covered or secured from public use;
(10) Any barn, stable or shed used for keeping animals;
(11) Any obstruction in or across any watercourse, drainage ditch or ravine;
(12) The deposit of garbage, rubbish or any offensive substance on any street, sidewalk or public place or on any private property, except as may be permitted by ordinance; and/or
(13) Any noxious weeds on private property, as defined by ILCS Chapter 505, Act 100, § 2.
(14) Any and all unattended clothing donation containers on private or public property anywhere in the village.
(15) Any and all garbage cans or containers placed or remaining on parkway walks, driveways, parkways or front yards on any day before 12:00 p.m. (noon) on the day preceding garbage pickup, or after 12:00 p.m. (noon) on the day after the scheduled collection. This division (15) does not include commercial properties with private refuse pickup.
PUBLIC NUISANCES AFFECTING MORALS AND DECENCY. The following acts, omissions, places, conditions and things are hereby specifically declared to be public nuisances offending public morals and decency, but the enumeration shall not be construed to exclude other nuisances offending public morals and decency coming within the definition of “public nuisance” above:
(1) All disorderly houses, bawdy houses, house of ill fame, gambling houses and buildings or structures kept or resorted to for the purpose of prostitution, promiscuous sexual intercourse or gambling, except the state authorized lottery;
(2) All gambling devices and slot machines;
(3) All places where intoxicating liquor or fermented malt beverages are sold, possessed, stored, brewed, bottled, manufactured or rectified without a permit or license as provided for by this code; and/or
(4) Any place or premises within the village where ordinances or state laws relating to public health, safety, peace, morals or welfare are openly, continuously, repeatedly and intentionally violated.
PUBLIC NUISANCES AFFECTING PEACE AND SAFETY. The following acts, omissions, places, conditions and things are hereby declared to be public nuisances affecting peace and safety, but the enumerations shall not be construed to exclude other nuisances affecting public peace or safety coming within the provisions of the definition of “public nuisance” above:
(1) All buildings erected, repaired or altered in violation of the provisions of the ordinances of the village relating to materials and manner of construction of buildings and structures;
(2) All unauthorized signs, signals, markings or devices which purport to be or may be mistaken as official traffic-control devices placed or maintained upon or in view of any public highway or railway crossing;
(3) All trees, hedges, billboards or other obstructions which prevent persons driving vehicles on public streets, alleys or highways from obtaining a clear view of traffic when approaching an intersection or pedestrian crosswalk;
(4) All limbs of trees which project over a public sidewalk less than eight feet above the surface thereof or less than ten feet above the surface of a public street;
(5) All use or display of fireworks, except as provided by the laws of the state, except the Board of Trustees may grant a permit for public display of fireworks under the conditions as it may impose;
(6) All buildings or structures so old, dilapidated or out of repair as to be dangerous, unsafe, insanitary or otherwise unfit for human use;
(7) All wires over streets, alleys or public grounds which are strung less than 15 feet above the surface of the street or ground;
(8) All obstructions of streets, alleys, sidewalks or crosswalks and all excavations in or under the same, except as permitted by the ordinances of the village or which, although made in accordance with the ordinances, are kept or maintained for an unreasonable length of time after the purpose thereof has been accomplished;
(9) All open and unguarded pits, wells, excavations or unused basements freely accessible from any public street, alley or sidewalk;
(10) All abandoned refrigerators or iceboxes from which the doors and other covers have not been removed or which are not equipped with a device for opening from the inside by pushing only with the strength of a small child;
(11) Any unauthorized or unlawful use of property abutting on a public street, alley or sidewalk or of a public street, alley or sidewalk which causes large crowds of people to gather, obstructing traffic and free use of the streets or sidewalks;
(12) Any advertisements or signs affixed to any building, wall, fence, sidewalk, street or other private or public property without permission of the owner thereof;
(13) Any sign, marquee or awning which is in an unsafe condition or which overhangs any roadway or which overhangs any sidewalk less than eight feet above the sidewalk surface;
(14) Any structure, material or condition which constitutes a fire hazard or will impair the extinguishing of any fire; and
(15) Any nuisance so defined by the Illinois Compiled Statutes.
(1981 Code, § 12.02) (Am. Ord. 00-29, passed 12-18-2000; Am. Ord. 06-35, passed 8-21-2006; Am. Ord. 07-48, passed 11-19-2007)