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A. The City Council makes the following findings:
1. Any accumulation of any garbage, rubbish, offal, refuse, the body of a dead animal, or other litter on any property, or in a manner that it may be carried or deposited by the elements upon any street, sidewalk, alley, sewer, parkway, or other property, is hereby declared to be a public nuisance, as it is a direct threat to the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of this City, and it detracts from the surrounding neighborhood because it: a) is unsightly, b) decreases adjoining landowners' and occupants' enjoyment of their property and neighborhood, and c) adversely affects property values and neighborhood patterns.
2. Poorly maintained buildings, fences and structures, and the prolonged presence of dumpsters filled with construction debris is a growing problem of concern and a direct threat to the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of this City. The Council finds these matters to be public nuisances and adopts this chapter in an effort to regulate them.
3. Buildings, fences, and other structures that have been so poorly maintained that their physical condition and appearance detract from the surrounding neighborhood are declared to be public nuisances because they: a) are unsightly, b) decrease adjoining landowners' and occupants' enjoyment of their property and neighborhood, and c) adversely affect property values and neighborhood patterns.
4. Dumpsters on residential property are necessary for temporary projects such as remodeling, clean up, landscaping, renovations and construction activities. However, the extended presence of dumpsters on residential property may cause aesthetic, health and safety concerns especially for adjacent property owners and, as such, are declared to be public nuisances. The Council determines it is in the best interests of the public's health, safety, comfort, peace, tranquility and general welfare to limit the use of dumpsters on residential property.
5. The maintenance of unsheltered storage of old, unused, stripped or junked automobiles not in good and safe operating condition, and of any other vehicles, machinery, implements, equipment, junk or personal property of any kind which is no longer safely usable for the purposes for which it was manufactured is hereby declared to be a nuisance and dangerous to the public health and safety. Unsheltered storage of these property items throughout the City tend to impede traffic in the streets, interfere with the enjoyment of and reduce the value of private property, invite plundering, create fire hazards and other safety and health hazards to children as well as adults, interfere with the comfort and well-being of the public, and create, extend and aggravate urban blight. As such, the Council determines that, in order to protect the public health, safety and welfare, such conditions must be regulated, abated or prohibited.
6. Property that attracts or harbors vermin, or an owner, occupant, or possessor of property who fails to cause such vermin to be remediated or removed from such property in a safe and sanitary manner, is a direct threat to the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of this City and is hereby declared to be unlawful and a public nuisance. (Ord. 140, 2nd Series, 10-10-2017)