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A. Purpose: It is in the best interest of the public health and safety of the citizens of the city that trash and debris not be allowed to accumulate upon any property within the corporate limits of the city as such accumulations can and may provide a breeding ground for rats and insects.
DEBRIS: Any material present upon any property within the city and which is not reasonably necessary and proper for the use and enjoyment of the premises and, further, which is not contained within any building or structure affixed to said premises.
TRASH: Any material that is capable of being burned which is present upon any property within the city and which is not reasonably necessary and proper for the use and enjoyment of the premises and, further, which is not contained within any building or structure affixed to said premises.
No personal property which is affixed to any premises or real property shall be defined as being either "trash" or "debris". (Ord., 10-5-1982)
C. Accumulation Prohibited: No property owner or lessee of property shall allow the accumulation of trash or debris upon property owned or leased thereby. (Ord., 10-5-1982; amd. 2009 Code)
D. Failure To Remove; Removal By City: Upon ten (10) days' written notice of violation of this section by the chief of police to said property owner or lessee, or both, the city may accomplish removal of the trash or debris specified in said notice and be entitled to a lien upon the premises in an amount reasonably necessary to effectuate said removal. For these purposes, a charge by the city of two hundred dollars ($200.00) per hour for labor and equipment, plus disposal costs, if any, shall be deemed reasonable. (Ord. 04-07, 4-12-2004)
E. Penalty: Failure to remove trash or debris following the expiration of thirty (30) days from receipt of the written notice of violation provided for in subsection D of this section shall subject the property owner or lessee, or both, to a fine as provided in section 1-4-1 of this code. Each day said violation continues following the expiration of the thirty (30) days' notice period shall constitute a separate offense. (Ord., 10-5-1982; amd. 2009 Code)