A clean, wholesome, attractive environment is declared to be of importance to the health and safety of the inhabitants and the safeguarding of their material rights against unwarrantable invasion, and, in addition, such an environment is deemed essential to the maintenance and continued development of the economy of the Village of Delhi and the general welfare of its citizens. The unrestrained accumulation of old, abandoned, unusable and inoperable automobiles, rubbish, trash and other discarded material and the outdoor storage of lawn mowers and similar machinery and equipment is a hazard to such health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Village of Delhi, necessitating the regulation, restraint and elimination thereof.
As used in this article, unless the context or subject matter otherwise requires, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLE
- A motor vehicle which is mechanically inoperable due to age, deterioration or damage and has no economic value except for salvage or junk.
- DISCARDED MATERIAL
- Any item, thing or object which is no longer suitable for the use it was originally manufactured or designed for and has no practical economic value except for salvage or junk.
- RUBBISH or TRASH
- All cardboard, plastic, used metal or glass food containers, wastepaper, rags, wood or lumber, plastic, rubber, leather or metal objects that are broken or unusable for any practical economic purpose and similar waste materials which may accumulate from any household, farm or commercial or industrial operation.
Wood intended to be used for fuel may be stored on the property if neatly stacked at least one foot from any adjacent property line.
Where it is impracticable to neatly stack such wood immediately, such wood may be stored unstacked and/or uncut for a period not to exceed six weeks for cutting into firewood and neatly stacking in accordance with this article.
Under no circumstances, however, shall wood be stacked or stored on the property which is closer than 15 feet to the curbline or in such a manner as to block visibility.
Written notice required. The Code Enforcement Officer shall give written notice personally or by certified mail to the owner or other person having control of any property in the Village on which there is openly stored one or more abandoned motor vehicles, lawn mowers and/or similar machinery or equipment, rubbish or trash in such an amount as to cause an unsightly, unhealthy or hazardous condition or discarded material in such a manner or amount as to cause unsightly, unhealthy or hazardous conditions. Such notice shall provide that the owner or person in possession or control shall remove the same within 72 hours from the receipt of such notice. Failure to comply with the notice within the time specified shall constitute a violation as hereinafter provided.
Exception. The placement of refuse or garbage for collection shall not be deemed a violation of this article. However, refuse or garbage for collection shall be in covered containers at all times. Empty containers shall not be left at curbside for a period longer than 24 hours.