All premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in excess of ten (10) inches. All noxious weeds shall be prohibited.
"Weeds" shall mean all grasses, annual plants, and vegetation other than trees or cultivated shrubs however, it shall not include cultivated flowers or maintained gardens.
The owner or occupant mows or otherwise brings the property into compliance within a period of ten (7) days from the date of the issuance of a citation for violation or the filing of a formal complaint in Municipal Court alleging a violation, whichever first occurs.
Exception: If the property is presently being used for the planting, cultivating, harvesting or storage of grains, hay or plants commonly grown in the vicinity, in compliance with applicable zoning provisions, and the property in question is one or more acres in area.
Penalty: An offense under this subsection is punishable by a fine not to exceed $500. Each day that property remains in violation of this subsection constitutes a separate and distinct offense.
In the event of the failure of the owner, occupant or person in control of the property to bring property into compliance with the requirements, the City may have the weeds or grass cut and removed from the property.
If the City cuts or removes weeds or grass after issuance of the written notice, charges in the amount of the total actual costs incurred by the City in performing said work shall be due from the owner of the premises. If the charges are not paid, the City may file a lien against the property.