For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   BLIGHTING INFLUENCE.  Any property whose physical condition is substantially deteriorated and which has conditions that endanger life or property, or which substantially impairs or arrests the sound growth of the city and is a menace to the public health, safety, morals, or welfare in its present condition and/or use.
   EXCESSIVE VEGETATION.  Any vegetation including, but not limited to, a growth of bushes or trees, on unimproved or improved real property that detrimentally affects adjacent improved real properties or adjacent public right-of-way and shall include cuttings from trees and shrubs and any rank growth which may conceal filthy deposits or constitute a fire hazard when dry. Droppings, sheddings, or any other type of defoliation from trees onto an adjacent property shall not be construed to detrimentally affect the adjacent property. 
   GRAFFITI.  Any scratches, writing or images placed on any surface, fence, vehicle or exterior wall visible to the public that are willfully or deliberately destructive in nature or which constitutes a public nuisance.
   IMPROVED REAL PROPERTY.  Any lot, tract or parcel of land upon which a structure of any kind or type has been either placed or constructed.
   IMPROVED SURFACE. A hard surface consisting of concrete, asphalt, brick, paving stones, block pavers, gravel contained by appropriate border material, or other similar hard surface material used to minimize erosion from a disturbed surface to improve strength and durability. Wood and rubber based ground cover products shall not be considered an improved surface. Improved surfaces shall be free of loose soils and vegetation.
   INOPERABLE MOTOR VEHICLE. A vehicle which cannot be driven upon the public or private streets for reasons including but not limited to being unlicensed, wrecked, abandoned, in a state of disrepair, or incapable of being moved under its own power.
   PROPERTY.  Includes both publicly and privately owned land, lots, parcels and tracts.
   PUBLIC NUISANCE.  Any condition of real property which adversely threatens the health, safety or welfare of the citizens of the city.
   REFUSE.  Shall mean and include the following:
      (1)   Large discarded items such as large boxes, barrels, crates, furniture, discarded carpet, stoves,  hot  water  heaters,  refrigerators,  clothes washing machines, clothes dryers and other similar appliances, objects and items;
      (2)   Any and all paper, rags, packaging materials, wood shavings, wooden, paper or cardboard boxes or containers, sweepings, furniture, appliances and other accumulations not included under the definition of refuse, generated by the operation of stores, offices, public buildings and other places;
      (3)   Any and all accumulation of construction related items and trash, including but not limited to wood, concrete, wallboard, roofing materials, wire metal and/or repair related or construction-related items and waste generated by construction, repairs and remodeling done by contractors or home owners;
      (4)   Any recyclable material;
      (5)   Any animal, fruit or vegetable matter and any other matter of any nature whatsoever which is subject to decay, putrefaction and the generation of noxious and offensive gases or odors, on which during and after decay may serve as breeding or feeding material for flies and/or other germ-carrying insects;
      (6)   Any and all accumulations of grass, palm fronds, leaves, branches, shrubs, vines and other similar items generated by the cleaning of land or the maintenance of lawns, shrubs, gardens and trees;
      (7)   Any wrecked, inoperable, derelict, dismantled or partially dismantled, discarded or abandoned property, including, but not limited to, rusted, wrecked, inoperative or partially dismantled boats, vehicles, vehicle parts, machinery, equipment, tools, appliances, fixtures and furniture;
      (8)   Any paper, glass, metal cans, both aluminum and bimetal, plastic, and plastic containers.
   SWIMMING POOL.  Any structure that is intended for swimming or recreational bathing and contains water over twenty-four (24) inches deep, including, but not limited to, in-ground, aboveground, and on-ground swimming pools, hot tubs, and nonportable spas.
   UNIMPROVED REAL PROPERTY. Any lot, tract or parcel of land that does not have any structure of any kind or type either placed or constructed upon it. All property presently zoned GU or RR is deemed to be unimproved property for purposes of this subchapter.
('74 Code, § 16-22)  (Ord. 76-27, passed 7-21-76; Am. Ord. 96-64, passed 1-9-97; Am. Ord. 98-49, passed 1-7-99; 99-13, passed 5-6- 99; Am. Ord. 2003-35, passed 10-16-03; Am. Ord. 2010-02, passed 1-21-10; Am. Ord. 2017-98, passed 1-4-18)