AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE CUTTING/REMOVAL OF TALL GRASS, WEEDS, BRUSH, TREES AND OTHER VEGETATION; PROVIDING FOR THE REMOVAL OF LUMBER AN BOARDS NOT SAFELY STACKED, JUNKED OR DISCARDED VEHICLES, MACHINERY, EQUIPMENT, APPLIANCES AND MISCELLANEOUS TRASH AND REFUSE; PROVIDING FOR REMEDIAL ACTION REGARDING THE AFORESAID TO BE TAKEN BY THE CITY OF TROY, KANSAS; PROVIDING FOR A PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE CITY’S DEMAND FOR THE CUTTING/REMOVAL OF THE ABOVE REFERENCED VEGETATION AND/OR FOR THE REMOVAL OF LUMBER AND BOARDS NOT SAFELY STACKED, JUNKED OR DISCARDED VEHICLES, MACHINERY, EQUIPMENT, APPLIANCES, TRASH AND REFUSE; AUTHORIZING THE ASSESSMENT AND COLLECTION OF COSTS; AND REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF TROY , KANSAS:
SECTION ONE: FINDINGS OF THE GOVERNING BODY. The governing body of the City of Troy, Kansas hereby finds that from time to time there exists on lots and parcels of land within the city certain nuisances, including uncut grass, weeds, brush, trees (growing and dead) and other vegetation; and that there is also, from time to time, on lots and parcels of ground within the city, lumber and boards not safely stacked, junked or discarded vehicles, machinery, equipment, appliances, trash and refuse, all of which constitute a menace and danger to the health and safety of the inhabitants of the City of Troy, Kansas, for the reason said nuisances serve as breeding grounds for insects, rodents, reptiles and other vermin and otherwise present a danger to the health and safety of inhabitants of the City of Troy, particularly children.
SECTION TWO. PROHIBITIONS. It is unlawful for any owner, agent, lessee, tenant or other person occupying or having charge or control over any premises to permit the existence of any nuisance, as said term is hereinafter defined, upon said premises.
SECTION THREE. DEFINITION. A nuisance, as that term is used in this ordinance, is any of the above referenced things or any combinations thereof which have a blighting effect upon the City of Troy or create a menace and danger to the health and safety of the inhabitants of the city of Troy or any neighborhood, family or residents of the City. The existence of any of the following upon lots or parcels of ground within the city shall raise the presumption that the same constitute a nuisance, to wit: uncut grass, weeds, brush, trees (growing or dead) and other untended vegetation, lumber and boards not safely stacked, junked or discarded vehicles, machinery, equipment, appliances, trash and refuse.
SECTION FOUR. PUBLIC OFFICER; NOTICE TO REMOVE. The Chief of Police of the City of Troy, Kansas, is hereby designated as the officer charged with the administration and enforcement of this ordinance. The Chief of Police shall notify the owner or his agent in charge of any premises in the City upon which a nuisance exists in violation of this ordinance, by restricted mail or by personal service. Such notice shall include:
That the owner or his or her agent in charge of the property is in violation of this ordinance, specifically stating the nature of said violation;
If the owner or his agent in charge of the property cannot be served in the manner above provided, service may be made by publishing one notice in The Kansas Chief, which paper is published in the City of Troy, Kansas. If notice is by publication, the owner or his or her agent in charge of the property will be ordered to abate the nuisance within ten days from the date of publication.
SECTION FIVE. ABATEMENT; ASSESSMENT OF COSTS.
Upon the expiration of the ten (10) days after publication or other service of the notice required by Section Four above, and in the event that the owner or his or her agent in charge of the premises shall neglect or fail to comply with the requirements of Section One, then some person or entity appointed by the City of Troy shall take such steps as are reasonable necessary to abate the nuisance.
SECTION SIX. RIGHT OF ENTRY. The Chief of Police and the City’s employees, agents or other representatives are hereby expressly authorized to enter upon private property at any and all reasonable times for the purpose of abating nuisances in accord with this ordinance.
SECTION SEVEN. UNLAWFUL INTERFERENCE. It shall be unlawful for any person to interfere with or attempt to prevent the Chief of Police or any employee, agent or representative of the City ofTroy
from entering upon any piece of ground or from performing such work as is reasonable necessary to abate the nuisance upon said property. Such interference shall constitute a misdemeanor offense for which the Court may, upon conviction, impose a jail sentence of up to thirty (30) days, a fine of up to Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or any combination of said jail sentence and fine.
SECTION EIGHT. EFFECTIVE DATE. The terms and provisions of this ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its adoption and publication in The Kansas Chief.
SECTION NINE. REPEALER. All ordinances in conflict with the terms and provisions hereof are hereby repealed.
ADOPTED AND APPROVED by the governing body of the City of Troy, Kansas this 4th day of June, 1991.
Leonard Clary, Mayor