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CHAPTER 32 <br /> <br />(a) "Weeds" Defined. "Weeds" shall mean and include not only such noxious weeds <br />as defined in Minnesota Rules 1505.0751, but also such undesirable, useless, <br />uncultivated and troublesome plants as are commonly known as weeds to the <br />general public and all pollen producing plants which are a hazard to hay fever <br />sufferers. <br /> Ord. No. 3450 05/01/00 Ord. No. 3900 4/16/2012 <br /> <br />(b) Permitting or Maintaining Growth. It shall be unlawful for any owner or occupant, <br />if other than the owner, of any occupied or unoccupied lot or land or any part <br />thereof, to permit or maintain on any such lot or land, or on or along the sidewalk, <br />street or alley adjacent to the same between the property line and the curb or <br />middle of the alley or for 10 feet outside the property line if there be no curb, any <br />growth of weeds and/or grass, brush or other rank vegetation to a greater height <br />than 6 inches on the average or any accumulation of dead weeds, grass or brush <br />which may conceal filthy deposits of garbage and refuse and provide harborage <br />for rodents; provided, that in those blocks that are 25% developed or less, <br />weeds, etc., shall be cut at least once during the growing season at the discretion <br />of the weed inspector. <br /> <br />(c) Duty of Owner and Occupant to Remove. It shall be the duty of any owner and <br />occupant, if other than the owner, of any lot or land or any part thereof, to cut and <br />remove or cause to be cut and removed all such weeds and/or grass, brush and <br />rank vegetation as often as may be necessary to comply with the provisions of <br />this section; provided, that the cutting and removing of such weeds and/or grass, <br />brush and rank vegetation at least once in every three weeks, between May 15 <br />and September 15, shall be considered compliance with this chapter. <br /> <br />(d) Publication of General Notice for Control and Eradication. A general notice for <br />the control and eradication of weeds and/or grass, brush and rank vegetation <br />shall be published in the official newspaper on or before May 15 of each year. <br />Failure of weed inspector to publish a general weed notice or to serve individual <br />notices herein provided does not relieve any person from the necessity of full <br />compliance with any and all provisions and regulations of this chapter. In all <br />cases such published notice shall be deemed legal and sufficient notice. <br /> <br />(e) Serving Notices. Whenever the city weed inspector finds it necessary to secure <br />prompt eradication or cutting and removal of weeds and/or grass, brush and rank <br />vegetation in individual cases or in the event of failure to comply with the general <br />published notice, the city weed inspector shall serve individual notices in writing <br />upon the owner and occupant, if other than the owner, giving specific instructions <br />when and how the weeds and/or grass, brush and rank vegetation are to be cut <br />and removed. The notice shall be served upon the owner of the property and on <br />the occupant, if other than the owner, either personally or by first class mail <br />supported by an affidavit of mailing sent to the last known address of the owner <br />and occupant of the property. A notice tag shall also be affixed to the door of any <br />building situated on the property. Service on an owner living temporarily or <br />permanently outside of the city whose property is vacant or unoccupied may be <br />made by sending the notice by first class mail supported by an affidavit of mailing <br />to the last known address of such person, to be ascertained, if necessary, from <br />available public records. <br />Last updated 01/17/2018 <br />Chapter 32 – Page 10 <br /> <br />