(A)   No owner or person in charge of real property shall allow noxious vegetation on the property. Noxious vegetation is declared a nuisance.
   (B)   The owner or person in charge of real property shall abate noxious vegetation from the property. The owner and the person in charge shall be jointly and severally liable for the cost of abatement.
   (C)   For purposes of this section, NOXIOUS VEGETATION means:
      (1)   Vegetation that is, or is likely to become:
         (a)   A health hazard;
         (b)   A fire hazard; or
         (c)   A traffic hazard, because it impairs the view of the public thoroughfare, or otherwise makes use of the thoroughfare hazardous.
      (2)   Poison oak (Toxicodendron diversiloba);
      (3)   Poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans);
      (4)   Blackberry bushes that extend into a public way, a pathway frequented by children, cross a property line, or that are used for a habitation by trespassers;
      (5)   Grass or weeds more than 12 inches high;
      (6)   Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius), English ivy (Hedera helix), hogwood (Heracleum mantegazzianum), knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum), and purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria); or
      (7)   All other vegetation included in the State Department of Agriculture “Oregon Department of Agriculture Noxious Weed Control Policy and Classification System”.
   (D)   No owner or person in charge of property shall allow noxious vegetation to be on the property or in the right-of-way of a public thoroughfare abutting on the property. An owner or person in charge of property shall cut down or destroy noxious vegetation as often as needed to prevent it from becoming a health or fire hazard or, in the case of weeds or other noxious vegetation, from maturing or from going to seed.
   (E)   The city may publish, in a newspaper of general circulation in the city, a copy of division (D) above as a notice to all owners and persons in charge of property of the duty to keep his or her property free from noxious vegetation.
   (F)   The notice provided for in division (E) above may be used in lieu of the notice required by § 10.09.
(Prior Code, § 5.230)  (Ord. 2005-20, passed 11-28-2005)  Penalty, see § 91.999