For the purpose of this Code, certain terms and words are hereby defined.  Words used in the present tense shall include the futures; the singular number shall include the plural, and the plural shall include the singular; the word "building" shall include the word "structure", and the word "shall" is mandatory and not directory.
   (a)   ANIMAL WASTE means feces, waste eliminated from the bowels; excrement.  See also GARBAGE, REFUSE, RUBBISH and WASTE.
   (b)   DETERIORATION means the condition or appearance of the exterior of the building, or part therefor, characterized by holes, breaks, rot, crumbling, cracking, peeling, rusting, or other evidence of physical decay, neglect, or lack of maintenance.
   (c)   DILAPIDATED means having fallen into a state of disrepair or deterioration, as through neglect; broken-down and shabby.
   (d)   EXTERIOR OF THE PREMISES means those portions of a building which are exposed to public view and the open space of any premises outside of any building.
   (e)   FINAL NOTICE means that a Notice of Violation has been served according to this Code, and the persons named have failed to comply within the time allowed.
   (f)   GARBAGE means food wastes, as from a kitchen.  See also ANIMAL WASTE, REFUSE, RUBBISH, and WASTE.
   (g)   "Infestation" means the presence of insects, rodents, vermin, or other pests on the premises which constitute a health hazard as defined by the local health authority.
   (h)   "Nuisance" means that which is defined by the statutes of the State of Ohio, Ohio R.C. 3767.41(2)(a).  "Public nuisance" means a building that is a menace to the public health, welfare, or safety; that is structurally unsafe, unsanitary, or not provided with adequate safe egress; that constitutes a fire hazard, is otherwise dangerous to human life, or is otherwise no longer fit and habitable; or that, in relation to its existing use, constitutes a hazard to the public health, welfare, or safety by reason of inadequate maintenance, dilapidation, obsolescence, or abandonment.
   (i)   "Occupancy" means any person living and/or sleeping in a dwelling unit or having an actual possession of said dwelling unit or any person who leases or rents a non-residential building, structure, or any portion thereof.
   (j)   "Owner" means any person who, alone or jointly or severally with others, shall have legal or equitable title to any premises, with or without the accompanying actual possession thereof; or shall have charge, care, or control as owner or agent of the owner; or as executor, administrator, trustee, receiver, or guardian of the estate, or as a mortgagee in possession.
   (k)   "Person" includes any individual, corporation, association, partnership, trustee, lessee, agent, or assignee.
   (l)   "Pest" means fungus, insect, nematode, rodent, weed or other form of terrestrial or aquatic life form that is injurious to human or farm animal health, or interferes with economic activities.
   (m)   "Premises" means a lot, plot, or parcel of land, including the buildings or structures thereon.
   (n)   "Refuse" means all solid wastes (except body wastes) including, but not limited to garbage, rubbish, ashes, dead animals, pet and animal wastes, industrial wastes, or the accumulation of brush, broken glass, stumps, and roots that present a safety hazard which present an objectionable odor, unsanitary and/or safety hazard. See also "animal waste", "garbage" "refuse" and "waste".
   (o)   "Rubbish" means solid waste consisting of both combustible and non-combustible wastes such as, but not limited to paper, wrappings, tin cans, rubber, wood, glass, crockery, plastics, and similar materials.  See also "animal waste", "garbage", "refuse" and "waste".
   (p)   "Undergrowth" means the brush (small trees and bushes and ferns etc.) growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forest; low plants, saplings, and shrubs growing beneath the trees in a forest.
   (q)   "Waste" means comprised mainly of vegetable matter, which is capable of being decomposed by microorganisms. See also "animal waste", "garbage", "refuse" and "rubbish".   
(Ord. 16-022.  Passed 8-15-16.)