Section 2.26. PROPERTY MAINTENANCE.
(1) Definitions. For the purpose of this ordinance, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings assigned to them in this section. Words and phrases not herein otherwise defined shall have the meaning accepted by common use.
[a] “Blighting Influence”. A condition having an adverse effect on surrounding properties.
[b] “Debris”. Broken concrete, bricks, blocks, or other mineral matter; bottles, porcelain and other glass or crockery; boxes, lumber (new or used), wire, tin and metal items; discarded household goods or appliances, junk lawn mowers, tar paper, residues from burning or any similar materials which constitute health, fire or safety hazards or a serious blighting influence upon the neighborhood or the Village of River Hills in general.
[c] “Junk”. Any old or scrap metal, metal alloy, synthetic or organic material or waste, or any junked, ruined, dismantled or wrecked motor vehicle or machinery, or any part thereof, whether salvageable or not. An unlicensed motor vehicle shall be construed to be a junked motor vehicle.
[d] “Non-combustible Material”. Material that cannot be burned.
[e] “Rubbish”. Combustible and non-combustible waste materials, except garbage, and the term shall include the residue from the burning of wood, coal, coke and other combustible materials, paper, rags, cartons, boxes, wood, excelsior, rubber, leather, tin cans, metals, mineral matter, glass crockery and dust, and other similar materials.
[f] “Refuse”. Debris as heretofore defined.
(2) Exterior Area Requirements.
[a] No person, firm or corporation shall allow or permit the exterior areas of their property to remain in a condition that is not in accord with the following provisions of this ordinance:
(1) All exterior areas of any premises shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition, free from any accumulation of combustible or non-combustible material, debris, junk, and refuse or any similar material which could or may cause fire, safety, or health hazards or a serious blighting influence upon surrounding properties.
(2)Every premises shall be so maintained to prevent the premises from becoming harborage for rats and insect pests.
(3) Every premises shall be graded and maintained so no stagnant water will accumulate or stand on the premises or within any building or structure located on the premises.
(4) Exterior areas shall be maintained in a manner that will not have a serious blighting influence upon surrounding properties.(Section (a) 1 – 4, revised by Ord. 513, 3/23/2011)
(3) Powers and Duties of Building Inspector. The Building Inspector shall enforce the provisions of this ordinance and is hereby authorized and directed to make inspections in response to a complaint that an alleged violation of this ordinance exists; or when he has good reason to believe that a violation is being committed.
(4) Penalties. Any person, firm, or corporation who violates, disobeys, omits, neglects, or refuses to comply with any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be subject to a forfeiture of not less than Ten ($10.00) Dollars nor more than Five Hundred ($500.00) Dollars, together with the costs of prosecution; and in default of payment thereof, he may be imprisoned in the House of Correction for a period of not less than sixty (60) days or until such forfeiture and costs are paid. Each day that a violation is permitted to exist shall constitute a separate offense.