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Each of the following, unless otherwise permitted by law, is declared to be a nuisance.

A. The existence of any dead, diseased, infested, or dying tree that may constitute a danger to street trees, streets, or portions thereof;

B. The existence of any natural or manmade obstruction, such as, by way of example and not limitation, signs, billboards, fencing, buildings, improvements, or landscaping, which includes trees, shrubs, hedges, or foliage, unless by written consent or permit of the city, which is apt to destroy, impair, interfere or otherwise restrict the following:

1. Streets, sidewalks, sewers, utilities, or other public improvements;

2. Free use of, or access to, streets, sidewalks, sewers, utilities, or other public improvements;

C. The existence of any vines or climbing plants growing into or over any street tree or any utility pole, or the existence of any shrub, vine, or plant growing on, around, or in front of any hydrant, standpipe, sprinkler system connection, or any other appliance or facility provided for fire protection purposes in such a way as to obscure the view thereof or impair the access thereto;

D. Exterior storage, or the permitting or allowing of such storage, of any partially dismantled, wrecked, junked, discharged, or otherwise nonoperating motor vehicle, unless the same is stored in a location so as not to be visible from any public place or readily visible from any surrounding private property, or incidental to a lawful business;

E. The existence of any fence or other structure or thing on private property abutting or fronting upon any public street, sidewalk, or place which is in a sagging, leaning, falling, decayed, or other dilapidated or unsafe condition;

F. All barbed-wire fences which are located within two feet of any highway, alley, or way regularly used by the public for pedestrian, bicycle, or vehicular travel; and all electrified fences;

G. All trees which are growing on property adjacent to public sidewalks whose limbs are less than eight feet above the surface of the sidewalk or public pedestrian way; or trees, regardless of their location, whose limbs are less than 15 feet above the surface of any street or alley;

H. All wires which are strung less than 15 feet above the surface of a street, roadway, or alley, or eight feet above a sidewalk; except electric power wires, which must be not less than 10 feet above any sidewalk;

I. The existence of any drainage onto or over any sidewalk, public pedestrian way, or street or other public property other than through an approved drainage channel or recognized natural watercourse;

J. All trees, hedges, billboards, or other natural or manmade obstructions, such as fences, buildings, improvements, and landscaping, which prevent or otherwise impair or interfere with persons having visibility of traffic approaching an intersection from cross streets in sufficient time to bring a motor vehicle driven at a reasonable speed to a full stop before the intersection is reached. “Visibility” means, for purposes of this subsection, a clear and unobstructed view of an intersection and traffic control device(s) plus a sufficient length along the intersecting streets for motor vehicle operators to anticipate and minimize potential conflicts. Intersections include all cases where two streets intersect. Clear and unobstructed vision on streets is measured pursuant to Figures 10.28.020(A) (Sight Clearance Distances – Arterial Streets), and 10.28.020(B) (Sight Clearance Distances – Residential Streets);

K. All vacant, unused, or unoccupied buildings and structures within the city, which are allowed to become or remain open to entrance by unauthorized persons or the general public, because of broken, missing, or open doors, windows, or other openings, so that the same may be used by vagrants or other persons in a manner detrimental to the health and welfare of the inhabitants of the city;

L. Graffito or graffiti visible from any public place;

M. The existence on any premises, in a place accessible to children, of any unattended and/or discarded icebox, freezer, refrigerator, or other large container which has an airtight door or lid, snap lock, or other automatic locking device which may not be released from the inside, without first removing said door or lid, snap lock, or other locking device;

N. The closing of any street or alley or the partial obstruction thereof;

O. The repairing of automobiles or vehicles of any kind upon the public streets or in the alleys of the city;

P. Leaving open any unguarded or abandoned excavation, pit, well, or hole which is dangerous to life and limb unless there are adequate barriers and devices to warn the public day or night;

Q. The existence of any obstruction to a street, alley, or sidewalk; and any excavation in or under any street, alley, crossing, or sidewalk which is prohibited by ordinance or which is made without lawful permission, or which, having been made by lawful permission, is kept and maintained after the purpose thereof has been accomplished, or for an unreasonable length of time, which time shall not in any event be longer than the period specified in any permit issued therefor;

R. The maintenance of property in such a manner that silt, earth, or waste materials are allowed to run off of said property in such volume as to cause drainage ditches or drainage systems in the proximity of said property to become wholly or partially obstructed;

S. The use of property abutting on a public street or sidewalk which causes large crowds of people to gather, obstructing traffic and the free use of the streets or sidewalks;

T. Riding or leading horses upon the sidewalks or parking strips anywhere in the city;

U. The release of offensive odors, noises, or substances, except those which are permitted by law, which unreasonably disturb, or which are detrimental to the health or safety of, the persons residing or working nearby, or the public;

V. The existence of any cellar, vault, sewer or septic tank which has become, from any cause, noxious, foul, offensive or injurious to public health.

Figure 10.28.020(A) Site Clearance Distances – Arterial Streets

Figure 10.28.020(B) Site Clearance Distances – Residential Streets

[Ord. 2006-06-057; Ord. 2001-04-024; Ord. 2001-04-023; Ord. 2001-04-022; Ord. 1998-06-035 § 1; Ord. 8573 § 7(B), 1977].