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It seems to come from nowhere, it piles up overnight, and soon it is out of control and begins to cause problems in the neighborhood.  If it is not controlled, it can ruin a good neighborhood by inviting unwelcome pests, rodents, and criminals. Therefore, each homeowner is responsible to get the blight out of sight. 

The ordinance defines blight in several ways:
  1. Inoperable or unlicensed vehicles - All vehicles that are unlicensed or inoperable must be stored in an enclosed building or removed from the property. Homeowners do have a reasonable amount of time to get an inoperable vehicle in working condition.
  2. Building materials - Old building materials are not allowed to be stored outside. Materials that are going to be used in a current project must be neatly stacked. Firewood must be split and stacked up off of the ground to avoid giving harborage to pests.
  3. Junk - This would include trash, appliances, equipment, brush piles, and rubbish or refuse of any kind. Note: Brush can no longer be burned in the city.
  4. Vacant or uninhabitable structures - Structures that are vacant must be kept secure. Secure means that all windows must have glazing, and all doors locked. Structures that appear to be uninhabitable, or have become structurally unsound, will be identified for demolition.
  5. Partially completed structures - Construction of structures must be completed in a timely manner according to the time frame indicated by the Building Code.

Responsible Parties

The ordinance holds both the property owner and tenants or occupants of the property responsible for any of the causes of blight and its removal.

For a complete reading of the ordinance, see Municode Article 1 Section 84-4.

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