Here are some pictures of my neighbors’ back driveway (facing the alley):
a pile of mulch, covered with a tarp
some carpet, part of a mattress, etc
Here’s the story: A few days ago, my neighbors were issued a warning for a city code violation. The warning read that they were in violation of cide code 6.0 22 1994. Here is a picture of the notice:
Maybe I’m bad at reading handwriting, but that code violation seems to start with a six. Even though all of the codes are online, I cannot find one with that particular number. I even have a printed copy of the codes, and I don’t see that number. In fact, the codes online do not even contain a section 6. It literally skips from section 5 to section 7. Take a look:
So, instead of going by the number, let’s go by the supposed infraction — permitting the accumulation of waste or recyclables. When I search the code for that, I find that section 95.01 of Title I indicates the following:
If any person maintains, uses, creates, causes, places, deposits, leaves or permits a nuisance to be or remain on any property, that person violates this section. The following list includes, but does not limit, the conditions constituting a nuisance under this section:
(1) Accumulations of rubbish, trash, refuse, junk and other abandoned materials, metals and lumber;
(2) Harborage of rats, mice, snakes and other vermin;
(3) Disagreeable or obnoxious odors and stenches, as well as the conditions, substances or other causes which give rise to the emission or generation of those odors and stenches;
(4) Carcasses of animals or fowls, not disposed of within a reasonable time after death;
(5) Buildings, structures or other places and locations where any violation of federal, state or city law is conducted, maintained or performed; and
(6) Accumulations of stagnant water.
So, now I refer you back to the two pictures at the beginning of this post. One is a picture of a pile of mulch. I certainly would not call this an accumulation of ”rubbish, trash, refuse, junk and other abandoned materials, metals and lumber.” It’s a nice, tidy pile of mulch…and it’s even covered. But, the city warning does indicate the accumulation of wood and hay as being problematic. I guess anything can be considered an “abandoned material” these days.
So, what about the other pile? It’s not nearly as tidy and nice. Actually, it is kind of junky. Exactly. That’s why my neighbors called the city to do a special garbage pickup. In my town, you can request this kind of thing if it is too large for normal pickup. The only problem is that they have been extremely slow in coming to get the items. So, in the meantime, one of their own officers issues a warning that it’s there! Incredible.
Now, this isn’t one of the major injustices of our time, but it is pretty darn stupid. Don’t people have anything better to do?
I also can’t help but point out the poor grammar in the warning.
If not corrected by August 4th, 2012, the City of Marion will take legal action against you to enforce it’s ordinance.
While I am not above reproach on these issues, I would like to remind people that it’s is a contraction that stands for “it is.” Now read that sentence again. That apostrophe should not be there.