(A)   Application of Exterior Property Maintenance Code. This Code shall apply to all premises and structures within the city used for or in conjunction with human habitation, commercial purposes or industrial purposes which are now or may become in the future substandard with respect to structure, maintenance or other similar conditions which otherwise constitute a public nuisance. The existence of such conditions, factors or characteristics adversely affects public safety, general welfare and leads to the continuation, extension and aggravation of blight and its attendant negative effect on surrounding property values. Adequate protection of neighboring properties and the general public requires the establishment of these property maintenance standards.
   (B)   Compliance required. Every portion of a building or premises used or intended to be used for residential, commercial or industrial purposes, shall comply with the provisions of this Exterior Property Maintenance Code, irrespective of when such building has been constructed, altered or repaired, or premises occupied, except as hereinafter provided.
   (C)   Conflict of laws. In any case where a provision of this Code conflicts with any other provision of the codified ordinances or other regulation of the city, the provision which establishes the higher standard for the promotion and protection of the safety and health of the people, the more restrictive provision, shall control.
   (D)   Existing remedies. Nothing in this Code shall be deemed to abolish, impair or prevent the execution of any existing remedies of the city or its officers or agents related to the abatement of a public nuisance. The provisions in this Code shall not be construed to abolish or impair existing remedies of the jurisdiction or its officers or agencies relating to the removal or demolition of any structure which is dangerous or unsafe.
   (E)   Separability. If any section, subsection, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this Code is declared invalid for any reason, such declaration shall not affect the remaining portions of this Code, which shall continue in full force and effect, and to this end, the provisions of this Exterior Property Maintenance Code are deemed severable.
   (F)   Savings clause. This Code shall not affect violations of any other resolution, ordinance, code or regulation existing prior to the effective date of this Exterior Property Maintenance Code, and any violations of such shall be governed and shall continue to be punishable to the full extent of the law under the provisions of those ordinances, codes or regulations in effect at the time the violation was committed.
   (G)   Historic buildings. The provisions of this Code shall not be mandatory and may not be applicable for existing buildings or structures designated by the state or local jurisdiction as historic buildings when such buildings or structures are judged by the Code Inspector to be safe and in the public interest of health, safety and welfare.
(Ord. 2022-06A, passed 11-8-2022)