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8.40.020 Duty to maintain property.
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A. No person owning, or responsible for any property by virtue of leasing, renting, occupying, or being in possession or having charge of any property in the City, including vacant lots, shall maintain or allow to be maintained on such property, except as may be permitted by any other City ordinance, any of the following conditions visible from any public street or alley, or from any other private property:

1. Junk, trash, litter, boxes, discarded lumber, salvage materials, or other similar materials in any front yard, side yard, rear yard or vacant lot;

2. Attractive nuisances dangerous to children, including but not limited to abandoned, broken or neglected equipment, machinery, refrigerators and freezers, excavations, wells or shafts;

3. Broken or discarded furniture, household equipment and furnishings in any front yard, side yard, rear yard or vacant lot;

4. Shopping carts in any front yard, side yard, rear yard or vacant lot of any property;

5. Dead, decayed, diseased or hazardous trees, or any other vegetation to include a majority of vegetation (other than vegetation located in flower beds) which is dangerous to public health, safety and welfare, located in any front yard, side yard, rear yard, or upon any vacant lot;

6. Vehicle parts or other articles of personal property which are discarded or left in a state of partial construction or repair in any front yard, side yard, rear yard or vacant lot;

7. Vehicles or vehicle bodies which are up on blocks and have not been moved for a period of 30 days;

8. Utility trailers or unmounted camper tops located in any front yard except in the driveway;

9. Any accumulation of weeds, brambles, berry vines, or other vegetation which is over-growing any structure or which exceeds an average height of 15 inches, or any accumulation of junk, litter, trash, dead organic matter, debris, offal, rat harborages, stagnant water, combustible materials and similar materials or conditions constituting fire, health or safety hazard;

10. Dilapidation or state of filthiness or uncleanness of any dwelling or other structure which endangers health or life or which permits entrance by rats, mice or other rodents.

B. For the purposes hereof, the duty to maintain property extends to and includes the area of the public right-of-way adjacent to and between the property of the person owning, leasing, renting, occupying, being in possession or having charge of the private property and the paved roadway. The City Manager, or the designee thereof, may make exceptions subject to available budget funds as deemed necessary and appropriate under circumstances such as accident, extreme danger, or Acts of God, but in no case for routine maintenance. [Ord. 359 § 1, 2004; Ord. 112 § 1, 1997; Ord. 46 § 1, 1996.]

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