Sec. 9-121. General provisions; definition.
   (a)    For purposes of this article, the term "nuisance" means any condition or use of property, or any act or omission affecting the condition or use of property which directly threatens the safety of citizens or adversely affects the general health, happiness, security and welfare of others, or is detrimental to the rights of others to the full use of their own property and their own comfort, happiness and emotional stability because of decreased property values and the unattractiveness and livability of neighborhoods. Further, the city council finds and declares that the following specific conditions are prejudicial to the general health, safety and welfare of the city and its citizens, lessen the attractiveness and livability of the city and when located on any lot or parcel of land within the city limits of the city are a nuisance and therefore unlawful:
   (1)   Overgrowth or heavy growth of weeds, bushes, poison oak, poison ivy or other noxious vegetation or overgrowth of grass and weeds over six (6) inches in height;
   (2)   Conditions which have become or will become, if not corrected, a breeding ground or harbor for mosquitoes, snakes, rats or other pests;
   (3)   A collection place for lumber, brick, blocks, nails, building materials and building rubbish unless such conditions are temporary in nature for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days and caused by current construction in progress pursuant to a lawfully issued building permit;
   (4)   Any accumulation of garbage, food waste, litter, animal waste, trash and refuse or any other rotten or putrescible matter of any kind which is the result of the absence of or the result of overflowing or improperly closed trash or garbage containers;
   (5)   Rotten, damaged or dilapidated sheds, outbuildings, portable canopies, garages or other uninhabited structures which have collapsed or partially collapsed or pose a danger of fire or pose a risk to neighborhood children or to adjacent property and property owners;
   (6)   An open or unsecured storage or collection place for chemicals, oils, gasoline, flammable liquids or other similar harmful or dangerous substances, gases or vapors;
   (7)   Any accumulation of garbage, rubbish, trash or junk causing or threatening to cause a fire hazard, or causing or threatening to cause the accumulation of stagnant water, or causing or threatening to cause the inhabitation therein of rats, mice, snakes, mosquitoes or vermin prejudicial to the public health;
   (8)   A collection or storage place for old, worn out, broken or discarded machinery, car parts, glass, junk, furniture, stoves, refrigerators and appliances, cans or containers, household goods or plumbing and electrical fixtures or other similar materials;
   (9)   An open place of concentration of combustible items such as mattresses, wood, boxes, paper, automobile tires and tubes, garbage, trash, refuse, brush, old clothes, rags, or any other combustible materials or objects of a like nature;
   (10)   A collection place or pool or pond of stagnant or foul water caused by any manmade berm, dam, ditch or impoundment;
   (11)   A storage place or place of collection for broken bottles, glass, tin, aluminum and other sharp, pointed, jagged or rusted metal;
   (12)   Barns, animal pens and enclosures, dog lots and runs or other similar places that house animals and which are not kept in a sanitary condition, attract flies and other pests or emit foul odors;
   (13)   A collection place for sewage and sewage drainage or the seepage from septic tanks;
   (14)   A collection place for tree limbs, dried brush, dead vegetation or other rubbish;
   (15)   Any discharge into or polluting of any stream, creek, river or other body of water of any dangerous substance or any other material likely to harm the water or any vegetation, fish or wildlife in or along the water or the storage of such harmful materials and substances in a manner so that it is likely that such streams, creeks, rivers or other bodies of water will be polluted;
   (16)   Any conditions or use of property which results in the emission of pollutants and particles into the atmosphere or causes noxious odors and stenches to be emitted into the air;
   (17)   The use of portable screening devices such as a tarp, fabric, canvas, nylon, vinyl, plastic or other nonrigid material to cover or hide the above referenced collection, accumulation or storage of any and all conditions referenced in this section.
   (18)   Any other act or condition declared to be a nuisance in the manner provided in this article by the city council.
(Ord. No. O-06-03-07-5,  2, 3-7-06)