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Abandoned Vehicles

“Abandoned” means any vehicle, as defined in this section, which reasonably appears to be in one or more of the following conditions:  Inoperable, wrecked, discarded, unoccupied and unclaimed; or totally or partially dismantled upon the roads, streets, alleys, and/or unincorporated areas of Klamath County, Oregon. Any accumulation of discarded tire casings which is not demonstrably a part of short term storage for commercial tire recapping or tire retail business or authorized land fill.  Short term storage shall not exceed a period of ninety (90) days.

Yard Waste

Dead or decaying trees and tree limbs that present a safety hazard to the public or to abutting property owners shall hazardous branches; pruning to maintain a minimum height of sixteen (16) feet above all streets and a minimum of eight (8) feet above all sidewalks; pruning to allow line of sight for traffic to avoid a nuisance or safety hazard onto abutting properties. Obstruction to public sidewalks or roadways by trees, bushes, roots, other natural growth, soil, solid waste, or snow removed from adjoining properties.

Junk and Trash

An abandoned, discarded or unattended appliance, including but not limited to an icebox or refrigerator that is being stored outside for more than a period of seven (7) days. “Refuse” means all solid wastes except body wastes and shall include garbage, ashes, and rubbish. “Rubbish” means glass, metal, paper, wood, plastics, or other nonputrescible solid waste. Accumulation, collection or storage of solid waste, / hazardous waste, garbage, sewage sludge, or liquid waste, without prior approval of the County Health Officer/Public Health Administrator, or Solid Waste Department. A well, septic system or cesspool that has not been safely or securely sealed or properly constructed and maintained, which may cause or have caused an injury to any person or contamination of potable water supply.

Unsightly Property

No owner or person in charge of property shall permit such property or any structure or building located thereon to reach such a condition of dilapidation or neglect as to become unsightly and an eyesore in the City. Conditions of the property affecting its appearance shall include but are not limited to the following:

  • Missing or broken windows or exterior doors
  • Chipped peeling exterior paint or the lack of State Structural Specialty Code-approved exterior protective siding
  • Broken, rotted, split or buckled exterior wall coverings or roof coverings
  • Noxious vegetation, untended shrubs or bushes, or dead or diseased trees or shrubs
  • Sagging, broken, split or rotted porches, steps, stairs or fences
  • Lack of adequate garbage or rubbish storage facilities

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