Town of Stratford, CT
Fairfield County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Stratford as Secs. 13-27 through 13-33 of the 1963 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Health regulations — See Ch. 120.

§ 214-1 Duty to remove.

It is the duty of all persons owning or occupying any land in the thickly populated parts of the Town to remove or effectively eliminate the menace to the public health caused by the existence of obnoxious weeds thereon.

§ 214-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
OBNOXIOUS WEEDS
Includes ragweed, goldenrod, wild timothy and any other pollen-bearing plant, the pollen of which causes irritation to the nasal passages of susceptible persons and therefore is the cause of physical discomfort and injury to the health of such persons.

§ 214-3 Notice to remove.

[Amended 3-12-2007 by Ord. No. 07-03]
If any person owning or occupying any land in the thickly populated parts of the Town upon which such obnoxious weeds grow shall fail to remove, cut or otherwise effectively eliminate them, the Mayor may, by written notice mailed or delivered to the owner or occupant of such land, order and direct the owner or occupant to remove, cut or otherwise eliminate such weeds and may direct in such notice the manner of elimination.

§ 214-4 Failure to obey notice.

[Amended 3-12-2007 by Ord. No. 07-03]
Any person who fails to comply with the order, as set out in § 24-3, of the Mayor to eliminate such obnoxious weeds in the manner and within the time specified in the notice of the Mayor or within 10 days of the delivery of the notice if no time for elimination of such weeds is specified, may be fined not more than $25 for each such failure.

§ 214-5 Abatement by Town; cost to be lien.

[Amended 3-12-2007 by Ord. No. 07-03]
The Mayor may, if the owner or occupant of the land fails to comply with his order for removal or elimination of such obnoxious weeds within the time specified in the order or within 10 days of the delivery of the notice if no time for elimination is specified therein, cause such weeds to be removed or otherwise effectively eliminated, and the expense thereof shall be reported to the Town Council by the Mayor, and such cost of removal shall be a charge against such owner or occupant who is notified to remove or eliminate such weeds and who failed to do and shall be collected by the Tax Collector and added to the tax bill, next to be made out, of such owner or occupant this procedure shall be in addition to and independent of the original penalty herein before provided.

§ 214-6 Obstruction of sidewalks and vision.

No person shall suffer or permit any grass, weeds, brush, shrubbery, hedge or rubbish to remain upon land immediately adjacent to any sidewalk or street in such a manner as to obstruct, impede or hamper the free use of any sidewalk or street in the Town, nor to impair free and unobstructed vision along any sidewalk or street.

§ 214-7 Removal of weeds obstructing sidewalks and vision; cost to be lien.

[Amended 3-12-2007 by Ord. No. 07-03]
Upon notice in writing signed by the Mayor and the Chief of Police, duly served upon any person in the manner that civil process is served, that any condition described in § 214-6 exists, such person shall forthwith remedy such condition in a manner reasonably satisfactory to the Mayor or the Chief of the Police Department, and if such condition is not so remedied within a period of 15 days from the serving of such notice, then the Town shall proceed to remedy such condition and charge the costs thereof to such person so failing, and such costs shall be a lien upon the property occupied by such person where the condition existed, and such lien shall date from the time such notice was served and may be foreclosed in the same manner as liens for taxes.

§ 214-8 Failure to remove weeds obstructing sidewalks and vision.

[Amended 3-12-2007 by Ord. No. 07-03]
Any person willfully refusing to remedy any such condition as described in § 214-7 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, on complaint of the Mayor or the Chief of the Police Department to the prosecuting attorney or the assistant prosecuting attorney of the Town Court and upon conviction of the same, shall be fined not more than $25 for such offense. The penalty provided in this section shall not be in lieu of the collection of the cost of remedying such condition as provided in § 214-7.