ORDINANCE NO. 3-87

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BELLEFONTE, KENTUCKY
CONCERNING TREES, SHRUBS, LANDSCAPING AND WEEDS

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE CITY OF
BELLEFONTE. KENTUCKY:

  1. In order that visibility may be maintained for oncoming and converging traffic at intersections, no trees or shrubbery having a height in excess of two (2) feet shall be planted or maintained within ten feet of the intersection of the paved portion of streets.

  2. No trees having a circumference at the base of 2 feet or more or a height in excess of 30 feet shall be cut or removed from any lot without the approval of the building inspector on a written request by the property owner.  Consideration for removal of any trees will be based upon (i) whether or not the tree(s) in question is diseased, damaged or its proximity to any building or improvements represents a threat to them, (ii) the number and size of trees remaining within the immediate area of the tree(s) in question, (iii) the lot owner's representation as to replacement with other tree(s) of the tree(s) to be removed, or (iv) the variety of the tree which is to be removed.

  3. It shall be unlawful for any person to suffer or permit weeds, brush, rubbish, trash or other waste material to grow, mature or accumulate upon their lots or parcels of land within the City, and all owners of property within the City shall cause said property to be mowed or to be cut at least once each month from June 1st to September 30th in each year and to be maintained in a neat and orderly fashion. All underbrush shall be cut, cleared away and removed from said properties, except regularly planted and nurtured shrubbery and standing trees and all accumulations of rubbish shall be kept cleaned up and removed therefrom with respect to weeds and brush only. The aforesaid shall not apply to natural woodland except brush or weeds shall not be permitted within 10 feet of any street. Accumulations of leaves or grass clippings shall not be permitted in front or side yards.

  4. Should it be discovered that, by reason of accumulation of rubbish or the excessive growth on land within the City of weeds, grass or like vegetation, that a public nuisance, health hazard or source of filth has developed on said land, the Mayor or other responsible officer of the City shall give five (5) days written notice to said owner, occupant or person having control over said lots or parcels of land to remedy said situation. Upon the failure of the owner, occupant or person having control over said lots or parcels of land to comply, the Mayor or other responsible officer is authorized to send employees or contractors of the City upon the said property to remedy the situation. The City shall have a lien against the said property for the reasonable value of labor and materials used in remedying said situation. The affidavit of the City or other responsible officer shall constitute prima facie evidence of the amount of the lien and the regularity of the proceedings pursuant to this ordinance and shall be recorded in the office of the County Court Clerk of Greenup County. The said lien shall be notice to all persons from the time of its recording, shall bear interest at the lower of eighteen percent ( 18% ) per annum, or the highest rate permitted by applicable law from the time of recording until paid and may be foreclosed by appropriate action in the Circuit Court of Greenup County. If the City intends to claim a lien against the property, said notice of lien shall be mailed to the last known address of the owner of said property as said address appears on the current tax assessment rolls of the City.

  5. In addition to the foregoing, any person violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof in a court of competent jurisdiction, shall be fined not less than Ten Dollars ($10.00) nor more than One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00) for each violation committed, each day's continuance of a violation constituting a separate offense, or imprisoned for not more than thirty (30) days, or both so fined and imprisoned, within the discretion of the judge or jury. In addition to the foregoing, the City, any property owner, or any resident citizen aggrieved may proceed in the Circuit Court in and for Greenup County, Commonwealth of Kentucky, by way of injunction, to enforce the discontinuance of such violation or any situation or condition which may have been brought about or exist by reason of such violation of this ordinance and may, in addition to such injunctive relief, be awarded both compensatory and punitive damages for such violation.

  6. All ordinances, parts of ordinances and amendments thereto in conflict herewith heretofore adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the City are hereby expressly repealed.

  7. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage, approval and publication, as required by law.

  8. Each section and each sentence of this ordinance is enacted separately and the invalidity or unconstitutionality of any one particular sentence and/or section shall not affect the validity and/or constitutionality of any other sentence and/or section.