[Ord. No. 03-1450 §1, 9-15-2003]
Any lot having weeds or plant growth in excess of ten (10) inches, except as provided for herein. "Weeds" shall be defined as all grasses and annual plants and vegetation, other than trees, shrubs or ornamental grasses; however, this term shall not include cultivated flowers or plants, gardens or agricultural acreage. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to limit the use of ground cover or other vegetation for the purpose of stabilizing soil, remedying drainage problems, or eliminating the need to mow steep inclines with a slope of more than three (3) to one (1). This Section shall not apply to land within creek channels, wetlands, ravines or established wooded areas, as may be established by the Planning and Zoning Administrator. Nothing herein shall permit weeds, as herein defined, in excess of the height limitation established above, within ten (10) feet of any public or private roadway or sidewalk.
The Chief of Police or his/her designee shall give a hearing after four (4) days' notice thereof either personally or by United States mail to the owner or owners, or his/her or their agents, or by posting such notice on the premises; thereupon, the Chief of Police or his/her designee may declare the weeds to be a nuisance and order the same to be abated within five (5) days. If the weeds are not cut down and removed within that five (5) day period, the Chief of Police or his/her designee shall have the weeds cut down and removed and shall certify the costs of same to the City Administrator.
In the event of a subsequent violation of this Section on the same lot within the same calendar year, the Chief of Police or his/her designee shall be authorized to abate the nuisance without prior notice.
The City Administrator shall cause the certified cost to be included in a special tax bill or added to the annual real estate tax bill, at his/her option, for the property and the certified cost shall be collected by the Collector of Revenue for St. Louis County, or other official collecting taxes, in the same manner and procedure for collecting real estate taxes and the tax bill from the date of its issuance shall be a first (1st) lien on the property until paid and shall be prima facie evidence of the recitals therein and of its validity, and no mere clerical error or informality in the same, or in the proceedings leading up to the issuance, shall be a defense thereto. Each special tax bill shall be issued by the City Administrator and delivered to the Collector of Revenue for St. Louis County on or before the first (1st) day of June of each year. Such tax bills if not paid when due shall bear interest at the rate of eight percent (8%) per annum.