935.20  NOTICE TO CUT, DESTROY OR REMOVE.
   (a)    All properties within the City of Oxford must be maintained in accordance with Section 935.19 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Oxford, which prohibits grass or weed growth in excess of ten (10) inches.
   (b)    Should the owner, occupant, or person having charge or management of any residential, commercial, or industrial lot or land within the corporate limits of the City fail to comply with Section 935.19, the City will cause the weeds or grass to be cut at the owner's expense. The City will place a lien on the property for the amount owed in accordance with Ohio R.C. 731.54.
   (c)    The owner, occupant, or person having charge or management of any residential, commercial, or industrial lot or land within the corporate limits of the City, within ten (10) calendar days of receiving written notice as set forth in subsection (d) hereof shall cut or destroy any noxious vegetation upon any such lot or parcel of land and prevent noxious vegetation from exceeding a height of ten (10) inches. Lots or parcels of land include areas within rights of way and between curbs and sidewalks.
   (d)    If an occupied property is in violation of this section, it shall be sufficient to post such notice on the property ten (10) calendar days before proceeding with the City causing the weeds or grass to be cut at the owner's expense. If an unoccupied property is in violation of this section and the property owner's address is known, notice will be issued by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the owner's address. If an unoccupied property is in violation of this Section and the owner's address is unknown, notice will be published in a newspaper of general circulation in Butler County.
   (e)    Those occupied properties found to be in violation of Section 935.19 shall have a posting placed on or near the front door of the structure and a placard conspicuously placed in the front yard of the property for a period of ten (10) calendar days. Said posting and placard shall be of a size, shape and color to be clearly visible and shall contain the following information:
      (1)   The nature of the code violation;
      (2)   An order to cut or remove the weeds or grass within ten (10) calendar  days;
      (3)   Statement indicating that should the property owner fail to comply with  the order, the City will cause the weeds or grass to be cut or removed at the owners' expense, and the City will place a lien on the property for the amount owed in accordance with Ohio R.C 731.54;
      (4)   The penalties provided for removing the posting and placard before bringing the property into compliance; and
      (5)   Contact information of the appropriate city department.
   (f)   Such posting and placard shall remain on the property until the property is brought into compliance with Section 935.19 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Oxford. Removal of the posting and placard before the property complies with Section 935.19 shall constitute a violation of this section. 
(Ord. 3142.  Passed 2-15-11.)