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Posted on: March 2, 2023

Code Enforcement Corner -- Property Maintenance

Code Enforcement Corner March 2023

Code Enforcement Corner
Reminders from the Code Enforcement Specialist

Spring seems to be coming early this year! The approach of warmer weather often leads to the chore of spring cleaning inside and outside.

Spring is also a good time to assess your property to make sure you are following our property maintenance codes.

85-4 Dwellings, commercial and industrial structures, yards and lots to be kept clean; fees. [Amended 10-1-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-9; 7-1-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-9; 10-7-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-23; 10-7-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-13]

A. Every dwelling within the Town, including unoccupied dwellings in residential districts, every commercial or industrial structure, whether occupied or unoccupied, and every part thereof shall be kept so clean and free from any accumulation of dirt, filth, rubbish, garbage or similar matter as not to be a danger to the health of any occupant or other person and shall be kept free from vermin and rodent infestation.

All yards, lawns and vacant lots shall be similarly kept clean and free from weeds, grass or plants (other than trees, bushes, flowers or other ornamental plants) exceeding 12 inches in height. It shall be the duty of each occupant or owner of a dwelling unit or commercial or industrial structure to keep in a clean condition that portion of the property which he occupies or over which he has exclusive control.

B. Except as may otherwise be permitted by the holding of a specific business license or by other Town ordinance, no person or entity shall:

(1) Store, accumulate, or permit the storage or accumulation of junk on premises owned, leased, rented, or occupied by such person or entity;

(2) Store, accumulate, or permit the storage or accumulation of any building materials on property owned, leased, rented, or occupied by such person or entity for any period longer than reasonably necessary for the immediate use of such materials, but in no event longer than 60 days.

It is important to note that junk is defined as any abandoned, discarded, unusable, or unused objects or equipment, including, but not limited to, furniture, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, cans, implements, parts of motor vehicles, machinery, cloth, rubber, bottles, any metals, boxes, cartons, or crates.

So as you think about your spring cleanings, be a good neighbor and use the opportunity to clear your property of any discarded or unused objects.

Voluntary compliance is our goal, and your cooperation is essential

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