8-3-3: CONDITIONS CONSTITUTING COMMUNITY DECAY:
   A.   It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person to allow any of the following to exist on any land or property in the City of Sidney:
      1.   The piling or spreading of straw, hay, grass trimmings or similar material, unless the material is to be used as soil conditioner or mulch and the material is plowed into the ground or otherwise mixed and covered with clean soil within thirty (30) days of its placement upon the premises.
      2.   The dumping, piling, or stacking of bricks, tires, concrete blocks, wood, lumber, and/or similar material in public view, unless said material is stacked in neat piles and all items and residue from such items, such as mortar, wood splinters, broken and unusable bricks, are, within thirty (30) days of their placement on the premises, removed to a licensed solid waste disposal site or to some other location which has been approved by the appropriate authority.
      3.   The storage or accumulation of cardboard boxes or paper, unless the same is specifically accumulated for recycling and is removed from the premises within thirty (30) days of its placement on the premises.
      4.   The storage or accumulation of broken packing boxes and shipping pallets, rubble, debris, junk, refuse, dead animals, or other similar items, unless the same is removed from the premises within thirty (30) days of its placement on the premises.
      5.   The piling, dumping, or depositing of any dirt, demolition wastes, including wood, bricks, concrete, used road blacktop and other similar materials.
      6.   The storage and accumulation of iron, metal, component vehicle and machine parts, household appliances, barrels, and other salvaged metal items, unless such material is stored in an approved, properly zoned and permitted, and shielded salvage facility.
         a.   If such material is being accumulated as part of an ongoing, active salvage business, the salvage business must:
            (1)   Be located in an area properly zoned for a salvage yard, pursuant to the City of Sidney Zoning Ordinance, as may be amended from time to time;
            (2)   Possess a conditional use permit, pursuant to section 11-14-4 of this Code, as may be amended from time to time; and
            (3)   Shield any materials described in this section from public view according to the standards set forth in this chapter.
      7.   Abandoned, discarded, or unused furniture, stoves, sinks, toilets, cabinets, or other household fixtures or equipment.
      8.   Abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, or inoperative trailers, campers, and boats unless the same are accumulated as part of an ongoing, active salvage business located in an area properly zoned for such a business and which possesses a conditional use permit, and provided that such materials are shielded from public view to the standards outlined in this chapter.
      9.   Excessive amounts of animal waste or its byproducts; any amount of human waste; any condition which may otherwise cause unsanitary or hazardous conditions to exist; and any condition which may be offensive to other persons by sight or odor and which may detract from the aesthetic qualities or economic value and vitality of any neighborhood within the City.
      10.   The presence of and enforcement of law with respect to abandoned and/or junk vehicles is addressed in title 61, chapter 12, part 4 of the Montana Code Annotated, as may be amended from time to time, and is hereby incorporated by reference.
   B.   It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person to allow the following conditions to exist within the City of Sidney which compromise the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the City of Sidney and which otherwise detract from the sanitary and aesthetic qualities of the community and/or jeopardize the economic value and vitality of any neighborhood of the City:
      1.   Buildings of any kind which are abandoned, boarded up, partially destroyed, structurally unstable, partially constructed, and/or uncompleted buildings after building permits have expired.
      2.   Buildings used for residential purposes which do not have running water, electricity, and sewage/septic services. Conditions described in this subsection shall be deemed unsanitary and hazardous to the health and public safety of the citizens of the City of Sidney.
      3.   Buildings with damaged and/or deteriorating exteriors causing, or having the potential to cause, dangerous structural conditions.
      4.   Broken windows, doors, attic vents, damaged roofs, or other appurtenances.
      5.   Premises having a topography, geology, or configuration which, as a result of grading operations or improvements to the land, experience erosion, subsidence, unstable soil conditions, or surface or subsurface drainage problems potentially hazardous to adjacent premises.
      6.   Building exteriors, walls, fences, driveways, or walkways which are broken, defective, deteriorated, in disrepair, if such condition has existed and persisted on the premises for a period of thirty (30) days.
      7.   Building exteriors, walls, fences, driveways, or walkways which have been defaced due to any writing, inscription, scratching, and/or any other marking commonly referred to as "graffiti".
      8.   Any other condition which is, or may reasonably become, infested or inhabited by rodents, vermin, or animals, or may furnish a breeding place for mosquitoes or other pests, or in any other way threatens or endangers the public health, welfare, or safety of the citizens of the City of Sidney, or which offends the senses, or is likely to impair the economic and aesthetic value of neighboring property.
   C.   The standards and conditions set forth in this section are not intended to be, nor shall the same be considered, the sole or exclusive standards for establishing a violation. The committee has discretion to determine whether a violation exists. (Ord. 574, 9-4-2018)