For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   ABANDONED OR JUNKED VEHICLE. Any vehicle without the current required license plates and tags; or that it is inoperable, unused, stripped, scrapped, junked, discarded, dismantled, wrecked, on blocks or similar devices or vehicles with deflated tires.
   ACCESSORY IMPROVEMENTS. Improvements to land other than buildings including, but not limited to, driveways, sidewalks, walkways, exterior steps, railings, fences, screening walls and retaining walls.
   AIRCRAFT. Any contrivance invented, used or designated for navigation or for flight in the air, including, but not limited to, helicopters and lighter-than-air dirigibles and balloons.
   ATTRACTIVE NUISANCE. The maintenance of a condition, instrumentality, machine or other agency, which is dangerous to young children because of their inability to appreciate peril and which may reasonably be expected to attract them.
   AUTHORIZED PRIVATE RECEPTACLE. A litter storage and collection receptacle, as required and authorized in this subchapter.
   BLIGHT or BLIGHTED. Unsightly conditions including, but not limited to: the accumulation of debris; fences characterized by holes, breaks, rot, crumbling, cracking, peeling or rusting; landscaping that is dead, damaged, characterized by uncontrolled growth or lack of maintenance; and any other similar conditions of disrepair and deterioration that contribute to the depreciation of neighborhood property values or affect the health, safety, economic, aesthetic or general welfare of citizens.
   BUILDINGS or STRUCTURES. Any human-made structure intended to be used by humans or animals on whole or in part with the purpose of living, sleeping, eating, cooking, sanitation, commerce, trade, manufacturing, business, advertising, governmental, worship, education, office, medical, storage or recreation.
   COMPLIANCE ORDER. An order notifying the recipient that he or she is subject to civil or criminal prosecution for a violation of this subchapter unless the violation is corrected.
   DEBRIS. Junk, lumber, furniture, furniture parts, stoves, sinks, cabinets, household fixtures, refrigerators, car parts, abandoned, broken or neglected equipment or the scattered remains of something of little or no apparent economic value.
   DETERIORATED or DETERIORATION. A lowering in the quality in the condition or appearance of a building or structure or parts thereof, the fact or process of decay or degeneration, characterized by holes, breaks, rot, crumbling, cracking, peeling, rusting, vermin infestation, unsafe or unsanitary conditions or any other evidence of physical decay or neglect or excessive use or lack of maintenance.
   EXTERIOR SURFACES. Building exterior surfaces and attachments to said buildings including, but not limited to, walls, roofs, doors, windows, gutters, down spouts, antennas, porches, garages, patios and chimneys.
   GARBAGE. Any spoiled or discarded animal or vegetable material resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking or consumption of food for humans or animals, as well as other organic waste material subject to rapid decomposition.
   GRAFFITI. Drawings or inscriptions carved or painted on a surface, in a place which can be seen by the public and that degrades the beauty and appearance of the property.
   IMMINENT HAZARD. A condition that presents an immediate likelihood for causing serious personal harm due to a condition of incompletion, deterioration, breaking, leaking, exposure, blight or scattered with debris, litter or garbage.
   INFESTATION. The apparent presence of insects, rodents or other pests.
   LAND. All land in the city whether improved or unimproved.
   LITTER. All putrescible and non-putrescible solid wastes consisting of both combustible and non- combustible wastes including, but not limited to, ashes, street cleanings, garbage, rubbish, dead animals, abandoned or junked vehicles or parts thereof, solid market and industrial waste, paper, rags, empty barrels, crates, packing cases, excelsior, packing material, wrappings, cigarettes, cardboard, cans, yard clippings, leaves, metal, mattresses, bedding, crockery, trash, boxes, bottles, glass, cartons, refuse, plaster, plastic, asphalt, tile, rock, bricks or other materials tending to create an unsightly condition and having an adverse effect upon the health, safety, economic, aesthetic or general welfare of adjoining properties or occupants thereof.
   MAJOR REPAIR. The removal from any vehicle of a major portion thereof including, but not limited to, the differential, transmission, head, engine block or oil pan.
   NOTICE TO ABATE. A notice issued to a property owner concerning a violation of this subchapter, and that failure to correct the violation will result in abatement action by the city.
   PARK. An area used for a reservation, playground, recreation center or any other public area in the city owned or used by the city and devoted to recreation.
   PERSON. A human being, enterprise, corporation, association, partnership, limited liability company, trust, firm or society.
   POLLUTED. A condition that exists in water and is characterized by bacterial growth, algae, insect infestation, the remains of litter, debris, garbage or any other foreign matter of which because of its nature or location, constitutes an unhealthy, unsafe or unsightly condition.
   POOL. A constructed or excavated exterior area designed to contain a regular supply of water.
   PUBLIC PLACE. Any street, sidewalk, boulevard, alley or other public way and any public park, square, space, ground or building.
   STREET or HIGHWAY. The entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular traffic.
   VEGETATION. Plant growth, whether living or dead, characterized by grass, weeds, bushes, cactus and trees.
   VEHICLE. Every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, including devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracts.
(Prior Code, § 6-8.02) (Ord. 791, passed - -1999)