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ORDINANCE OF THE MONTH:
DEBRIS ON PROPERTY
SECTION 215.110: DEBRIS ON PROPERTY — EFFECT OF FAILURE TO REMOVE NUISANCE — PENALTIES
A. Any lot or land shall be a public nuisance if it has the presence of debris of any kind including, but not limited to, weed cuttings, cut and fallen trees and shrubs, overgrown vegetation and noxious weeds which are twelve (12) inches or more in height, rubbish, garbage, trash and junk, lumber not piled or stacked twelve (12) inches off the ground, rocks or bricks, tin, steel, junk, unregistered or non-operational motor vehicle(s), derelict vehicle(s) or parts thereof, unused furniture or appliances, any flammable material which may endanger public safety or any material which is unhealthy or unsafe and declared to be a public nuisance as described herein.
B. When a public nuisance as described above exists, the Chief of Police shall so declare and give written notice to the owner of the property by personal service, certified mail, if otherwise unsuccessful, by publication. Such notice shall, at a minimum:
1. Declare that a public nuisance exists;
2. Describe the condition which constitutes such nuisance;
3. Order the removal or abatement of such condition within seven (7) days from the date of service of such notice;
4. Inform the owner that he or she may file a written request for a hearing before the Chief of Police on the question of whether a nuisance exists upon such property; and
5. State that if the owner fails to begin removing the nuisance within time allowed or upon failure to pursue the removal of such nuisance without unnecessary delay, the Chief of Police shall cause the condition which constitutes the nuisance to be removed or abated and that the cost of such removal or abatement may be included in a special tax bill or added to the annual real estate tax bill for the property and collected in the same manner and procedure for collecting real estate taxes.
C. If the owner of such property fails to begin removing the nuisance within the time allowed or upon failure to pursue the removal of such nuisance without unnecessary delay, the Chief of Police may cause the condition which constitutes the nuisance to be removed. If the Chief of Police causes such condition to be removed or abated, the cost of such removal shall be certified to the City Clerk and/or Finance Officer who shall cause the certified cost to be included in a special tax bill or added to the annual real estate tax bill, at the collecting official’s option, for the property and the certified cost shall be collected by the City Collector or other official collecting taxes in the same manner and procedure for collecting real estate taxes. If the certified cost is not paid, the tax bill shall be considered delinquent and the collection of the delinquent bill shall be governed by the laws governing delinquent and back taxes. The tax bill from the date of its issuance shall be deemed a personal debt against the owner and shall also be a lien on the property until paid.
D. It is unlawful for any owner or occupant of property in the City of Troy, Missouri, to permit or maintain a public nuisance on any such property. Upon conviction, such person shall be punished as provided herein and every day such nuisance is maintained shall constitute a separate and distinct offense. Upon conviction for causing or maintaining a nuisance, the cost of removing or abating the nuisance may be made a part of the judgment by the Municipal Court, in addition to the penalty imposed, provided, however, that the said additional cost shall be in lieu of the issuance of a tax bill as provided above. (Ord. No. 1079 §1, 10-20-08)