8-3-1: DEFINITIONS:
ABATE: To repair, replace, remove, destroy, or otherwise remedy the condition in question by the means and extent deemed necessary by the enforcement agency, as identified herein, in the interest of the health, safety, and general welfare of the community.
COMMUNITY DECAY: An objectionable condition resulting in situations that are injurious to health, indecent, offensive to the senses, or which obstruct the free use and enjoyment of adjacent property so as to interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or the values of property, including, but not limited to, rubble, debris, junk, refuse, landscaping litter, junk vehicles, wood, dilapidated buildings, dilapidated fences, dilapidated garages and outbuildings, and storing and accumulation of wood, tires, and other objects for more than thirty (30) days. This definition shall also encompass those situations more specifically defined in section 8-3-3 of this chapter. This definition does not apply to properly permitted construction and/or demolition projects during the time any necessary permits are in effect.
COMMUNITY STANDARDS: The standards hereby adopted and hereinafter approved by the City Council as a means of protecting and enhancing the safety and security of the citizens of Sidney and the quality of the City's environment and to provide guidance to the Enforcing Department as to the application of this chapter.
OWNER: Any person whose name appears on the public records of the City of Sidney and County of Richland as the owner of premises, whether under deed or contract.
PERSON: Any individual, firm, partnership, company, association, corporation, or other entity whether organized for profit or not.
PREMISES: Any lot or parcel of land or property, including any building or portion thereof, improved or unimproved.
PUBLIC NUISANCE: Any condition which adversely affects, at the same time, an entire community or neighborhood or any other considerable number of persons, although the extent of the annoyance or damage inflicted on individuals may be unequal. A condition constituting "community decay" is by definition a public nuisance.
PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY: Any area or parcel of land granted, deeded, dedicated to, or otherwise acquired by the City or the public at large for any public purpose, including, but not limited to, alleys, roadways, sidewalks, public streets, water or waterways, storm drains, sanitary sewers, water pipes, electric and telephone conduits, electronic services, overhead wires, and supporting structures.
PUBLIC VIEW: Any area visible from a point, up to six feet (6') above the surface of the center of any public roadway, sidewalk or right-of-way from which the public nuisance is visible.
SHIELDING: Refers to any natural barriers, fencing or other manmade barriers used to conceal material from public view. Any shielding barrier must conform to all local zoning regulations, Building Codes, covenants, and applicable City ordinances. Any shielding is to be of sufficient height and density to conceal any violation on the premises visible to public view. This definition is not intended to require that permanent buildings, utility poles, or other similar structures be shielded. (Ord. 574, 9-4-2018)