§ 153.02  DEFINITIONS.
   For the purpose of this chapter the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   BASEMENT.  A portion of a dwelling which is located partly underground, having direct access to light and air from windows located above the level of the adjoining ground.
   BUILDING INSPECTOR.  The Building Inspector of the village or any building inspector for whose services the village has contracted or any authorized agent of the Inspector.
   CELLAR.  A portion of a dwelling which is located partly or wholly underground having an inadequate access to light and air from windows located partly or wholly below the level of the adjoining ground.
   DETERIORATED.  A dwelling that is unfit for human habitation but can be repaired, altered, or improved to comply with all of the minimum standards established by this chapter at a cost not in excess of 50% of its value, as determined by the finding or findings of the Inspector.
   DILAPIDATED.  A dwelling that is unfit for human habitation and cannot be repaired, altered, or improved to comply with all of the minimum standards established by this chapter except at a cost in excess of 50% of its value, as determined by the finding or findings of the Inspector.
   DWELLING.  Any building, structure, manufactured home, or mobile home or part thereof, used and occupied for human habitation or intended to be so used, and including any outhouses and appurtenances belonging thereto or usually enjoyed therewith, except that it does not include any manufactured or mobile home as defined in G.S. § 143-145(7), which is used solely for a seasonal vacation purpose. The term shall include within its meaning the terms rooming house and rooming unit, as hereinafter defined.
   DWELLING UNIT.  Any room or group of rooms located within a dwelling and forming a single habitable unit with facilities which are used or intended to be used for living, sleeping, cooking, and eating.
   EXTERMINATION.  The control and elimination of insects, rodents, or other pests by removing or making inaccessible materials that may serve as their food; by poisoning, spraying, fumigating, or trapping; or by any other recognized and legal pest elimination methods approved by the Inspector.
   GARBAGE.  The organic waste resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking, and consumption of food.
   HABITABLE ROOM.  A room or enclosed floor space used or intended to be used for living, sleeping, cooking, or eating purposes, excluding bathrooms, water closet compartments, laundries, heater rooms, foyers, or communicating corridors, closets, and storage spaces.
   INFESTATION.  The presence, within or around a dwelling, of any insects, rodents, or other pests in such number as to constitute a menace to the health, safety, or welfare of the occupants or the public.
   MULTIPLE DWELLING.  Any dwelling containing more than two dwelling units.
   NOXIOUS GROWTH.  Any growth of weeds, grasses, or other plants or bushes that become or threaten to become a fire hazard or a harboring place for rats, mice, snakes, or other vermin or otherwise pose a danger to the public health or safety. Uncontrolled plant growth (i.e. plants not intentionally planted in a garden, shrub bed, flower bed or similar area) that is at least eight (8) inches tall.
   OCCUPANT.  Any person over one year of age, living, sleeping, cooking, or eating in, or having actual possession of a dwelling, dwelling unit, or rooming unit.
   OPERATOR.  Any person who has charge, care, or control of a building, or part thereof in which dwelling units or rooming units are let.
   OWNER.  Any person who alone, jointly, or severally with others:
      (1)   Shall have title to any dwelling, dwelling unit, or rooming unit, with or without accompanying actual possession thereof; or
      (2)   Shall be a mortgagee of record for any dwelling, dwelling unit, or rooming unit; or
      (3)   Shall have charge, care, or control of any dwelling, dwelling unit, or rooming unit, as owner or agent of the actual owner, or as executor, executrix, administrator, administratrix, trustee, or guardian of the estate of the actual owner. Any such person thus representing the actual owner shall be bound to comply with the provisions of this chapter, and of rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto, to the same extent as if he or she were the owner.
   PARTY OR PARTIES IN INTEREST.  All persons who have interests of record in a dwelling, dwelling unit, or rooming unit and any persons who are in possession thereof.
   PERSON.  Any individual, corporation, firm, partnership, association, organization, or other legal entity.
   PLUMBING.  All of the following supplied facilities and equipment: gas pipe, gas burning equipment, water pipes, mechanical garbage disposal units (mechanical sink grinders), sewage disposal pipes, water closets, sinks, installed dishwashers, lavatories, bathtubs, shower baths, installed clothes washing machines, catch basins, drains, vents, and any other similar supplied fixtures, together with all connections to water, sewer, or gas lines.
   PUBLIC AUTHORITY.  Any housing authority or any officer who is in charge of any department or branch of the government of the village or of the county or the state relating to health, fire, building regulations, or other activities concerning dwellings in the village.
   ROOMING UNIT.  Any room or group of rooms forming a single habitable unit used or intended to be used for living and sleeping, but not for cooking or eating purposes.
   RUBBISH.  Nonorganic waste materials. The term shall include paper, rags, cartons, boxes, wood, excelsior, rubber, leather, tree branches, yard trimmings, tin cans, metals, mineral matter, glass, and dust.
   SUPPLIED.  Paid for, furnished, or provided by, or under the control of, the owner or operator.
   UNFIT FOR HUMAN HABITATION.  That conditions exist in a dwelling, dwelling unit, rooming house, or room unit which violate or do not comply with one or more of the minimum standards of fitness or one or more of the requirements established by this chapter.
   WASTES.  All useless, unwanted, or discarded materials and products, resulting from domestic, industrial, commercial or community activities.
   YARD WASTES.  Organic materials commonly consisting of leaves, pine straw, wheat straw, grass clippings, hedge clippings, dirt, rocks, yard and garden waste, branches, logs, twigs, and all vegetable matter resulting from landscaping or land clearing activities (i.e. stumps, trees, and the like).
   Whenever the words DWELLING,DWELLING UNIT,ROOMING UNIT, and PREMISES are used in this chapter, they shall be construed as though they were followed by the words OR ANY PART THEREOF.
(Ord. 14-16, passed 4-8-2014)