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For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
(a) "Demolition material" means all material, including but not limited to, rock, stone, concrete, and asphalt which is used in construction, mining, building maintenance, or road or street maintenance.
(b) "Garbage" means all putrescrible matter, including but not limited to animal or vegetable wastes or feces, whether solid, liquid or mixed, which attends, exists, or is created or accumulates within the City.
(c) "Litter" includes any garbage, waste, peelings of vegetables or fruits, rubbish, ashes, cans, bottles, wire, paper, cartons, boxes, parts of vehicles, wagons, furniture, glass, oil of an unsightly or unsanitary nature, or anything else of an unsightly or unsanitary nature.
(d) "Occupant" means any person being the owner or having tenement, lessee or other contractual rights to the premises.
(e) "Owner" means the owner of record of the premises in fee or any lesser estate therein, a mortgagee or vendee in possession, assignee of the rents, receiver, executor, administrator, trustee, lessee or other person in control of the premises or their duly authorized agents including but not limited to property managers.
(f) "Person" means any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
(g) "Rubbish or refuse" means all natural or man made matter, whether putrescible or nonputrescible, combustible or noncombustible and including but not limited to ashes, paper, tin, tin cans, bottles, glass, a non-permitted temporary sign, a temporary sign when its temporary sign permit has expired, vegetable material, brush, grass, leaves, wrappings, cardboard, trees, shrubs, crockery, dead animals, furniture or appliances (or parts thereof), industrial waste, waste of a dangerous or explosive nature, septic tank cleanings, demolition matter, rubber tires, rubber products, metal, motor vehicle parts or pieces, engines and motors or parts thereof, any upholstered furniture not manufactured, designed, and intended for exterior use, or any similar object which is not clearly intended for outdoor use on the premises.
(Ord. No. 09-184. Passed 7-7-09.)
(h) "Weeds" means all burrs, vines, Russian, Canadian and common thistles, briers, dock, burdock, wild mustard, jimpson weed, dog fennel, ragweed, golden rod, sweet clover, wild parsnip, wild carrot and other noxious vegetation growing wild and uncultivated upon any land within the City, which may cause noxious exhalations.
(i) "Public nuisance" means any yard, land or lot, fence, wall, garage, shed, house, building, structure, sign, tree, pole, smoke stack, or any excavation, basement, cellar, well, cistern or sidewalk subspace or part thereof:
(1) having an accumulation of demolition material, garbage, litter, rubbish or weeds, which accumulation creates a danger to health, life, limb or property;
(2) which will cause hurt, harm, discomfort, damage or injury to the public or to any considerable number of persons in the City or to members of the public by reason of any one or more of the following:
A. Being detrimental to the general health of the community.
B. Being a fire hazard.
C. Being unsafe for occupancy, or use.
D. Being an attractive nuisance to children.
E. Lack of reasonable or adequate maintenance of structures, and grounds, causing deterioration and blighting influence on nearby properties and thereby depreciating the enjoyment and use of the property in the immediate vicinity to such an extent that it is harmful to the community.
F. Having a condition which violates a provision of any of the Building Codes, adopted in Chapter 1301 of the Codified Ordinancesof the City of Springfield, Ohio, or violates a provision of the Property Maintenance Code adopted in Chapter 1305 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Springfield, Ohio.
G. Being a bench billboard which has fallen into such a state of disrepair or has suffered such damage and wear so as to no longer be in compliance with the City’s Property Maintenance Code or is otherwise dangerous to use.
(Ord. 90-184. Passed 7-7-09.)
I. A stormwater management facility which the City Engineer has determined to have a maintenance deficiency as described in Chapter 961 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Springfield, Ohio.
(Ord. 15-87. Passed 3-31-15.)
(j) "Public nuisance" shall also mean any yard, land, or lot, or part thereof, other than a yard or lot zoned or legally used, for any use first permitted by Codified Ordinance Chapters 1145, 1147, 1149, or 1151, which has placed or stored thereupon any used washer, dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, range, oven, freezer, water heater or other like major appliance, including, but not limited to, any yard, land, or lot or part thereof, upon which any such major household appliance is placed for purposes of outdoor sales and/or outdoor display.
(Ord. 91-312. Passed 7-23-91.)