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The following words and phrases as used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them:
COLLECTOR: The person holding a license or contract with the town and authorized to collect, handle, transport and dispose of refuse and wastes.
COMMUNITY DECAY: A public nuisance that is in the "public view", and is created by allowing rubble, debris, junk, junk vehicles, refuse, noxious or other weeds, grass, or other wild and uncared for vegetation of whatever character to remain on any property in excess of seven (7) days. Said public nuisance can exist along the right of way of any railway, street, road, public place, or private place, and may result in conditions that are injurious to health, offensive to the senses, or obstruct the free use of property so as to interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property.
JUNK VEHICLE: Any vehicle that is inoperable and/or unlicensed, has an expired registration or is unable to be used as designed. Junk vehicles must be shielded from public view behind a fence or in a structure.
LITTER: Trash, or the act of unlawful disposal of trash.
NOXIOUS WEEDS: All rank vegetable growth of every kind and nature, including, but not limited to, dandelions and all weeds known as Canada thistle, Scotch bull thistle, Russian thistle, sow thistle, quack grass, leafy spurge, Russian knapweed, spotted knapweed, hoary cress, dodder, beggar's lice, downy brome (cheat) grass, foxtail barley, whitetop, kochia or any similar unwanted vegetation, including grass, clover and other vegetation over ten inches (10") in height.
NUISANCE: A. Anything which is injurious to health, indecent or offensive to the senses, or an obstruction to the free use of property, so as to interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property, or which unlawfully obstructs the free passage or use of any public park, street, alley or highway is a nuisance.
B. A public nuisance is one which affects, at the same time, an entire community or neighborhood, or any considerable number of persons, although the extent of the annoyance or damage inflicted upon individuals may be unequal.
OPERABLE VEHICLE: A vehicle capable of moving under its own power in both directions (forward and reverse). The vehicle has to move forward for the length of one block (for example from 7th to 8th Street). A demonstration of this ability may be required at the mayor's discretion.
PERSON: An individual, firm, partnership, company, association, corporation, city, town, or any other entity whether organized for profit or not.
PRIVATE PROPERTY: Includes, but is not limited to, the following exterior locations owned by private individuals: grounds, driveways, entranceways, passageways, parking areas, working areas, storage areas, vacant lots, and recreation facilities.
PUBLIC PROPERTY: Includes, but is not limited to, the following exterior locations: street, roads, sidewalks, strips between streets and sidewalks, alleys, public rights of way, public parking lots, school grounds, public housing, project grounds, public vacant lots, parks and playgrounds.
PUBLIC VIEW: Any point viewable from any public road, alley or from any public walkway.
RESIDENTIAL AREA: Any lot, tract, or acreage being:
A. One-half (1/2) acre or less in size having a dwelling upon it; or
B. Any vacant lot one-half (1/2) acre or less in size adjacent to property having a dwelling upon it.
SOLID WASTE: All wastes capable or incapable of rotting, including, but not limited to:
A. Municipal and domestic waste such as garbage and putrescible organic materials, paper, cardboard, cloth, glass, metal, plastics, street sweepings, yard and garden waste, ashes, dead animals, discarded appliances, construction and demolition wastes, discarded home and wood products or wood byproducts.
B. Commercial and industrial wastes such as packing materials, liquid or solid industrial process wastes which are chemically or biologically decomposable, crop residues, manure, chemical fertilizers and emptied pesticide containers.
C. Inert wastes, which include, but are not limited to, vehicle tires.
UNCARED FOR VEGETATION: Vegetation (not shrubs or trees) in a residential area that exceeds ten inches (10") above the soil level. (Ord. 182, 10-10-2016, eff. 11-9-2016)