678.02  NOTICE TO CUT NOXIOUS WEEDS OR REMOVE LITTER.
   (a)   As used in this chapter, "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.
   (b)   Upon written information that noxious weeds are growing on lands in the City and are about to spread or mature seeds, Council 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 are growing on such lands and that such noxious weeds must be cut and destroyed within five days after the service of such notice.
   (c)   Upon a finding by Council that litter has been placed on lands in the City and has not been removed, and constitutes a detriment to public health, Council 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 or her that litter is on the land, and that it must be collected and removed within fifteen days after the service of the notice.
   (d)   If the owner or other person having charge of the land regulated under this section is a nonresident of the City whose address is known, the notice shall be sent to his or her address by certified mail. If the address of the owner or other person having charge of the land regulated hereunder is unknown, it is sufficient to publish the required notice once in a newspaper of general circulation within the County.
   (e)   This section shall 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 business, or a permit or license issued pursuant to Ohio R. C. Chapter 3734, Sections 4737.05 through 4737.12 or Chapter 6111.
   (f)   Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor for a first offense; for a second and subsequent offense, such person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. The penalty shall be as provided in Section 698.02.
(Ord. 80-34. Passed 4-21-80.)