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As used in this chapter, these words shall have the following meanings:
ABANDONED VEHICLE: Any vehicle stored, parked, or kept and not in actual use as means of transportation or having a valid registration tag.
ADVERTISING: Any letter, word, name, number, symbol, slogan, message, drawing, picture, writing, or other mark of any kind lawfully placed on property by an owner or tenant of the property, or an agent of such owner or tenant, for the purpose of promoting products or services or conveying information to the public.
BLIGHT: A deteriorated condition.
BOARDED AND SECURED: The term "boarded and secured" or "boarding and securing" shall mean the closing, boarding or locking of any or all exterior openings so as to prevent entry into a structure.
CLEANING: The removal of trash from property.
DILAPIDATED BUILDING: A. A structure which through neglect or injury lacks the necessary repairs or otherwise is in a state of decay or partial ruin, to such an extent that said structure is a hazard to the health, safety, or welfare of the general public;
B. A structure which is unfit for human occupancy due to the lack of necessary repairs and is considered uninhabitable or is a hazard to the health, safety, and welfare of the general public;
C. A structure which is determined by the Board of City Commissioners or administrative officer of the City to be an unsecured building more than three (3) times within any twelve (12) month period;
D. A structure which has been boarded and secured for more than eighteen (18) consecutive months; or
E. A structure declared by the Board of City Commissioners to constitute a public nuisance.
DISABLED: With regard to a motor vehicle, shall mean any vehicle with a current tag and current insurance that is temporarily disabled because of a mechanical malfunction.
GRAFFITI: Shall mean, without limitation, any letter, word, name, number, symbol, slogan, message, drawing, picture, writing, or other mark of any kind visible to the public that is drawn, painted, chiseled, scratched, or etched on a rock, tree, wall, bridge, fence, gate, building, or other structure; provided, this definition shall not include advertising or any other letter, word, name, number, symbol, slogan, message, drawing, picture, writing, or other mark of any kind lawfully placed on property by an owner of the property, a tenant of the property, or by an authorized agent for such owner or tenant.
INOPERABLE: The term "inoperable" or "nonoperating", with regard to a motor vehicle, shall mean any vehicle which cannot be driven upon public streets for reasons including, but not limited to, being unlicensed, wrecked, abandoned, in a state of disrepair, or incapable of being moved under its own power and shall include bodies, engine, transmissions, frames, rear ends and parts.
JUNKED VEHICLE: Any vehicle, as defined herein, which is wrecked, discarded, dismantled, partially dismantled, disabled, inoperative, deteriorated, decayed, lacks necessary repairs or maintenance, bears no State license plate or bears a registration tag that is more than three (3) months out of date, and shall be deemed to include the major parts thereof, including bodies, engines, transmissions, frames and rear ends.
MORTGAGE HOLDER: Mortgage holder of record as shown by the most current County Clerk records.
OWNER: With regard to real property, shall mean the owner(s) of record, as shown by the most current tax rolls of the Jefferson County Treasurer. The term "owner", with regard to a motor vehicle, shall mean any person, firm or corporation having a legal or equitable interest in the subject vehicle, including an officer, guardian, executor, administrator, mortgagee in possession, managing or leasing agent of such person, firm or corporation.
PERSON: Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
PRIVATE PROPERTY: Any real property within the City, that is privately owned, and that is not public property.
PUBLIC PROPERTY: Any real property which is dedicated to the public use and over which the Federal, State, or Municipal government, or any political subdivision thereof, owns, leases, or exercises control and dominion.
REMOVAL: The terms "removal", "remove", or "removed", when used in relation to the eradication of graffiti, shall mean the act of taking graffiti off of, or masking the presence of graffiti on, a rock, tree, wall, bridge, fence, gate, building or other structure.
TENANT: Any person shown by the records of the County Clerk's Office as a lessee of property, or any person lawfully in actual physical possession of property.
TRASH: Any refuse, litter, ashes, leaves, debris, paper, combustible materials, rubbish, offal, waste, or other matter of any kind or form which is uncared for, discarded, or abandoned.
UNFIT FOR HUMAN OCCUPANCY: A structure that, due to lack of necessary repairs, is considered uninhabitable and is a hazard to the health, safety, and welfare of the general public.
UNSECURED BUILDING: Any structure which is not occupied by a legal or equitable owner thereof, or by a lessee of a legal or equitable owner, and into which there are one or more unsecured openings such as broken windows, unlocked windows, broken doors, unlocked doors, holes in exterior walls, holes in the roof, broken basement or cellar hatchways, unlocked basement or cellar hatchways, or other similar unsecured openings which would facilitate an unauthorized entry into the structure.
VEHICLE: Any vehicle that is self-propelled or designed to travel along the ground or water, and the term "vehicle" shall include, but not be limited to, automobiles, boats, buses, motorbikes, motorcycles, motor scooters, trucks, tractors, travel trailers, camping trailers, truck campers, motor homes, recreational vehicles, buggy, wagon, or self-propelled farm and construction equipment. Vehicle in the singular shall be interpreted as meaning the plural when multiple vehicles exist on a property.
A. Shall include, but not be limited to, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and all vegetation at any stage of maturity, which:
1. Exceeds twelve inches (12") in height, except healthy trees, shrubs, or produce for human consumption grown in a tended and cultivated garden unless such trees and shrubbery by their density or location constitute a detriment to the health, benefit, and welfare of the public and community or a hazard to traffic or create a fire hazard to the property or otherwise interfere with the mowing of said weeds;
2. Regardless of height, harbors, conceals, or invites deposits or accumulation of refuse or trash;
3. Harbors rodents or vermin;
4. Gives off unpleasant or noxious odors;
5. Constitutes a traffic or fire hazard; or
6. Is dead or diseased.
B. The term "weed" shall not include tended crops or land zoned for agricultural use which are planted more than one hundred fifty feet (150') from a parcel zoned for other than agricultural use.
WRECKED: Something disabled or in a state of ruin or dilapidation. (Ord. 02062017-2, 2-6-2017)