[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Saukville 12-17-1985 by Ord. No. 389 as Secs. 6.08 and 6.20 of the 1985 Code; amended in its entirety 5-2-2006 by Ord. No. 649. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The owner of record of property located within the Village shall maintain the parkway, drainage ditch, or other unpaved surface located within the public right-of-way, which abuts such property. If there is no parkway or sidewalk at a specific property, then the area from the edge of the street pavement to the property lot line shall be maintained. If the owner fails to maintain the described property, the Village may, after giving at least seven calendar days' notice in writing to the owner, undertake the required maintenance and charge the cost thereof to the abutting property owner. "Maintenance" as used herein means the establishment and cutting of common turf grasses such as fescues, ryegrass and bluegrass. Cutting methods shall include, but not be limited to, lawn mower, string line trimmer or other device that provides a neat and uniform appearance. Grass cutting shall be conducted at a frequency to maintain a maximum height of four inches. The planting of trees, shrubs, bushes or establishment of planters or flower beds within the public right-of-way is prohibited, except where permission has been granted by the Village or other authorized entity.
[Amended 7-14-2020 by Ord. No. 803]
The owner of record of developed property located within the Village shall establish and maintain a turf grass lawn cover, as defined in § 151-1, on all unpaved portions of the property. Excepted areas are maintained planters and flowerbeds, areas under low-growing shrubs and bushes, decorative gardens of natural materials such as stone or wood or heavily forested areas where insufficient sunlight is available to support growth of turf grass. Turf grass shall be maintained at a height not to exceed four inches. The owner shall prohibit the growth of weeds and nuisance vegetation so that seeds or other means of spreading to other properties are prevented.
The owner of record of undeveloped or vacant property located within the Village shall prohibit the growth of weeds and nuisance vegetation so that seeds or other means of spreading to other properties are prevented.
Plantings on all private property located within the Village, including, but not limited to, grasses, trees, shrubs and bushes, shall be maintained so as not to physically or visually impair the use of the public right-of-way for pedestrian and vehicular movement or physically infringe on adjoining properties, and shall be maintained so as to present an attractive appearance and to enhance the appearance and value of the property on which located, and thereby enhance the appearance and value of the neighborhood and the Village.
The Weed Commissioner is hereby given authority to determine which properties are not in compliance with this chapter. The Weed Commissioner shall give the owner of noncompliant property written notice that the property owner has seven calendar days from the date of the notice within which to perform the prescribed corrections. If, at the expiration of such seven-day period, the owner has not complied with the prescribed corrections, then the Weed Commissioner may direct the Public Works Department or contract services to perform the corrective actions and notify the property owner of same and add the cost of such corrective actions to the tax roll as a special charge if the same is not paid in full by the property owner within 30 days of receipt of an invoice from the Village.
The cost of rendering corrective actions by the Public Works Department or contract services shall include an hourly charge and hourly equipment rental charge as determined by the Village, plus an additional charge equal to 5% of the total hourly labor and equipment charge for administrative expenses incurred by the Village. Any time spent by the Public Works Department or contract services for conducting corrective actions over and above each hour shall be billed at the next hourly increment.
[Added 8-15-2016 by Ord. No. 768]
No owner shall permit any nondwelling structure, accessory structure or fence to exist which does not comply with the following requirements:
Nondwelling structures and accessory structures shall be structurally sound and be maintained in a reasonably good state of repair.
All exterior surfaces of nondwelling structures and accessory structures shall be properly protected from the elements and against decay and decomposition by paint or other approved protective coating applied in a workmanlike manner and which provides an attractive appearance.
Every fence shall be kept in a reasonably good state of maintenance and repair or shall be removed.
The Public Works Superintendent is authorized and directed to make inspections to determine the condition of nondwelling structures, accessory structures and fences. Whenever the Public Works Superintendent determines that there are reasonable grounds to believe there has been a violation of this section, the Public Works Superintendent shall give notice of such alleged violation to the person responsible therefor. The notice and hearing provisions of § 115-3 shall be followed in a substantially similar manner for purposes of this section.
Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-19 of this Code.