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The city's Property Maintenance Code is designed to maintain property values in the community. Common violations include:
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It shall be unlawful for any person, owner, corporation, or agent to occupy or permit the occupancy of any commercial, multi -family residential or single-family residential structure in the City without first obtaining an occupancy inspection and occupancy permit. The term "occupancy" shall include the movement of furniture, equipment or other property into said structure. (Section 505.040 Occupancy Permits)
It is illegal to sell or use fireworks within the city. Sparklers are not included in this prohibition.
Only non-profit charitable organizations may conduct door-to-door solicitations. The organization must obtain a permit from the city. In addition, each person involved in the solicitation must have in his / her possession an identification card signed by the City Administrator. Door-to-door solicitations may take place between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
No person shall deposit, or cause to be deposited, any snow and/or ice on or against a fire hydrant or on any sidewalk, street, or area of public transportation, except that snow and ice may be windrowed on public roads incident to the cleaning thereof.
It is unlawful to park within 15 feet of any mailbox or on or across any sidewalk.
No person shall park, keep, store or leave any commercial vehicle or truck in any residential zoning district of the City, nor shall any person, whether as an owner or occupant or agent thereof, allow a commercial vehicle or truck to be parked there. This doesn't include regular vans or pickup trucks with a license plate not to exceed 12,000 GVW.
The occupant of any lot shall be primarily responsible for the removal of snow or ice from abutting sidewalks.
A permit is required for many improvements, including:
The Planning and Zoning Department can assist you in finalizing your home improvement plan.
Animals must be kept on a leash when off their own property or otherwise under the owner's control.
Yard waste must be in brown biodegradable paper bags or in 30-gallon trash cans labeled "Yard Waste." No plastic bags are allowed. Bundled limbs or branches will be picked up provided that the bundles are no larger than four feet in length and two feet in diameter.
It is considered unnecessary and disturbing to play a radio in a manner to be plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet from a building or vehicle.
All grass, weeds, and vegetation must be kept below 10 inches in height.
All single-family residential property that is for rent must be inspected and a permit obtained prior to occupancy.
As part of the city's refuse collection service, residents may elect to have curbside recycling as part of their service. Items that can be recycled are:
Items may be co-mingled, with newspapers placed on top. All recyclables must be placed in a bin provided by the city's refuse hauler.
A resident may hold a maximum of three garage / yard sales during a calendar year. A permit from the city is required. There is no charge for the first and second sale permits. A fee of $50 will be charged for the third permit. Garage / yard sales can only be held during daylight hours for no more than three consecutive days or two consecutive weekend days.
Any vehicle that is not registered and / or has been inoperable must be removed from the street or private property.
Minors under the age of 17 are required to observe an 11 p.m. curfew during the week and midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.
Any excessive noise or loud playing of musical instruments constitutes a public nuisance. In addition, noise caused by construction, repair, remodeling, or grading of real property is prohibited between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, and any time on Sunday or federal holidays. Noise generated by normal maintenance associated with residential property, such as mowing of grass, can occur between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Recreational vehicles, boats, and utility trailers that are stored in an enclosed area must be parked behind the established front building line. In addition, all recreational vehicles, boats, and utility trailers must be parked on an improved surface.