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The following specific acts, omissions, places, conditions, and things are hereby declared to be nuisances, unless otherwise permitted by law:

A. The existence of any dead, diseased, infested, or dying tree that constitutes a danger to public property or persons thereon;

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 town, 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 junk 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. For purposes of this chapter, “junk motor vehicle” means a motor vehicle meeting at least three of the following requirements:

1. Is three years old or older;

2. Is extensively damaged, such damage including but not limited to any of the following:

a. A broken window or windshield; or

b. Missing wheels, tires, motor, or transmission;

3. Is apparently inoperable;

4. Has an approximate fair market value equal only to the approximate value of the scrap in it;

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 otherwise dilapidated or unsafe condition;

F. Fences constructed with barbed wire, razor wire, ribbon wire, or materials of similar design, which are located within two feet of any public street, 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 or public pedestrian ways 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 public street or alley;

H. All wires which are strung less than 15 feet above the surface of a public 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, 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, 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 the provisions of the South Prairie zoning code;

K. All vacant, unused, or unoccupied buildings and structures within the town, 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 town;

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 alleys of the town;

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 public street, alley, or sidewalk;

R. Any excavation in or under any public street, alley, crossing, or sidewalk which is prohibited by ordinance, made without lawful permission, or, 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;

S. The maintenance of property in such a manner that silt, earth, grass, vegetation, 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;

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

U. Riding or leading horses upon the sidewalks or parking strips anywhere in the town;

V. 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;

W. The release of grass or other vegetation from the property into the sidewalk, street, or other public way;

X. Privies, vaults, cesspools, septic tanks, sumps, pits, or like places which are not securely protected from flies or rats, or which are foul, malodorous, or injurious to public health;

Y. Filthy, littered, or trash-covered premises, including all buildings and structures thereon and areas adjacent thereto;

Z. Accumulations of tin cans, bottles, glass, cans, ashes, small pieces of scrap iron, wire metal articles, bric-a-brac, broken stone or cement, broken crockery, broken glass, broken plaster, and all other trash or abandoned material, unless the same is kept in covered bins or metal receptacles approved by the building inspector; or

AA. Property where solid waste has accumulated or is handled, stored, treated, processed, or buried except for properly permitted solid waste handling sites or facilities that are operated and maintained in full compliance with the terms of any permit, license, statute, regulation, or ordinance regulating such activity and solid waste securely stored in receptacles or containers designed to prevent threats to human health or safety or to the environment until such solid waste enters a solid waste handling system.

For purposes of this subsection, “solid waste” has the same meaning as in RCW 70.95.030(22) including but not limited to the following items: bagged or loose household garbage, containers of household liquids or hazardous wastes, old or unused furniture, furniture parts, machinery or appliances, household fixtures, tires, batteries, mattresses, construction debris, rotting or scrap lumber, paper and/or cardboard, rubber debris, scrap metal, vehicle parts, hardware, yard debris as defined in RCW 70.95.030(28), cut brush or wood, dead or decaying plant materials, animal carcasses or animal waste, junk vehicles, or derelict vessels. “Solid waste” also includes: any material or item kept, placed, stored, stockpiled or managed in a manner that does not preserve its value; any material or item for which a landowner would need to pay for its removal, recycling or disposal; and any material or item stockpiled for recycling but the market for the material or item is unavailable or insufficient.

BB. The existence of grasses, weeds, vines, and other plant growth in excess of 12 inches on any premises and exterior properties. Shrubs, trees, ornamental plants, cultivated gardens, and fields used for the growth and harvesting of hay shall be exempt. [Ord. 624 § 1, 2022; Ord. 617 §§ 1, 2 (Exh. A), 2022.]