(a)   All premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from high grass and weeds in excess of eight (8) inches high. For the purposes of this section, exterior property shall extend to the curb on streets that have curbs, and to the edge of the finished roadway on streets that do not have curbs.  All noxious weeds are prohibited.  Weeds shall be defined to include all grasses and vegetation other than trees and shrubs; however, this term shall not include cultivated flowers, ornamental grasses, and gardens.
   (b)   Upon failure of the property owner or occupant to cut and destroy, or cause to be cut and destroyed, weeds after written notice of violation is served pursuant to Section 1303.05, and allowing ten (10) calendar days for compliance, the property owner or occupant shall be subject to prosecution in accordance with Section 1303.04
   (c)   Additionally, upon failure to comply with the notices of violation, any duly authorized employee of the City of Mount Vernon or contractor hired by the City of Mount Vernon shall be authorized to enter upon the property in violation and cut and destroy the weeds growing thereon. The costs of such removal and applicable fees shall be recovered from the property owner as prescribed in Section 1303.07.
(Ord. 2014-02.  Passed 3-24-14.)