678.01   NOTICE TO OWNER TO CUT NOXIOUS WEEDS; REMOVE LITTER; SERVICE.
   (a)   Upon information that noxious weeds, or grass in excess of six inches in height, are growing on lands in the City, and are about to spread or mature seeds, the Service Supervisor shall cause a written notice to be served upon the owner, lessee, agent, or tenant having charge of such land, notifying him or her that noxious weeds or grass in excess of six inches in height are growing on such lands and that they must be cut and destroyed within five days after the service of such notice. Service on a resident owner shall be by personal service on the owner or by leaving a copy of the written notice.
   (b)   Upon a finding that litter has been placed on lands in the City, and has not been removed, and constitutes a detriment to public health, the Supervisor shall cause a written notice to be served upon the owner and, if different, upon the lessee, agent, or tenant having charge of the littered land, notifying him that litter is on the land, and that it must be collected and removed within seven days after the service of the notice.
   (c)   As used in this section and Section 678.03, "litter" includes any garbage, waste, peelings of vegetables or fruits, rubbish, ashes, cans, bottles, wire, paper, cartons, boxes, parts of automobiles, wagons, furniture, glass, oil of an unsightly or unsanitary nature, or anything else of an unsightly or unsanitary nature.
   (d)   (1)   The notice required by this section may be served by delivering it personally to the owner or leaving it at the owner's usual place of business or residence, or by posting it in a conspicuous place on the real estate involved, or by mailing it to a non-resident owner by certified and regular mail, or by publishing it once in a newspaper of general circulation within the City if it cannot be served in any of the other ways above mentioned. If the notice is mailed by certified mail and by regular mail, then service is deemed perfected three days from the date of mailing.
      (2)   If the notice is for noxious weeds and/or grass in excess of six inches in height, then only one notice to the property owner, as provided in Section 678.03 shall be necessary in any one growing season and the Service Director may then cause such condition or nuisance to be abated or removed more than once in any growing season as conditions may require.
   (e)   This section does not apply to land being used under a Municipal building or construction permit or license, a Municipal permit or license, or a conditional zoning permit or variance to operate a junk yard, scrap metal processing facility, or similar businesses, or a permit or license issued pursuant to Ohio R.C. Chapter 3734, Ohio R.C. 4737.05 to 4737.12, inclusive, or Ohio R.C. Chapter 6111.
(Ord. 2008-O-13.  Passed 6-10-08; Ord. 2020-O-14.  Passed 9-8-20.)