City cracking down on neglected properties


Lorna Marquardt, Special to the Leader

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr.

For the most part we have a beautiful and aesthetically pleasing community. Ordinances are in place to ensure properties are maintained. Unfortunately we are noticing a growing number of neglected properties. Either property owners and/or renters are ignoring the rules, or don’t fully understand them.

The city has begun taking an aggressive approach to enforce existing code violations/nuisance ordinances. The Police Department’s community service officers will be notifying property owners/renters regarding properties they observe to be in violation.

In today’s article I will provide relevant ordinance information.

9.05 (Junked automobiles) (a) No disassembled, inoperable, unlicensed, junked or wrecked motor vehicles, truck bodies, tractors or appliances shall be stored or allowed to remain in the open upon public or private property within the city for a period exceeding five days if upon public property, or for a period exceeding 30 days if upon private property.

9.02 (Public Nuisance) The following acts, omissions, places and conditions are hereby specifically declared to be public health nuisances:

• All decayed, harmfully adulterated or unwholesome food or drink sold or offered for sale to the public.

• Carcasses of animals, birds or fowl not intended for human consumption or food that are not buried or otherwise disposed of in a sanitary manner within 24 hours of death.

• Accumulations of decayed animal or vegetable matter, trash, rubbish, rotting lumber, bedding, packing material, scrap metal or any material in which flies, mosquitoes, disease-carrying insects, rats or other vermin may breed or are attracted.

• All stagnant water in which mosquitoes, flies or other insects can multiply.

• Privy vaults and garbage cans that are not fly tight.

• All noxious weeds and other rank growth of vegetation.

• All animals running at large, including but not limited to dogs and cats.

• The escape of smoke, soot, cinders, noxious acids, fumes, gases, fly ash, industrial dust or other atmospheric pollutants within the city limits or within one mile in such quantities as to endanger the health of persons or ordinary sensitivities or to threaten or cause substantial injury to property in the city.

• The pollution of any public well or cistern, stream, lake, canal or other body of water by sewage, creamery or industrial wastes or other substances.

• Any use of property, substances or things within the city emitting or causing an foul, offensive, noisome, nauseous, noxious or disagreeable odors, gases, effluvia or stenches extremely repulsive.

• All abandoned wells not securely covered or secured from public use. Abandoned wells not served by SMU water system shall be abandoned pursuant to 12.232, well abandonment, of this code.

• Any use of property that shall cause any nauseous or unwholesome liquid or substance to flow into or upon any street, gutter, alley, sidewalk or public place within the city.

Another section discusses public nuisances offending the comfort, health, repose or safety of the public:

• All owners or occupants of property located within a residential district of the city who fail to keep their premises free of litter, trash or rubbish.

• All owners or occupants of property located within a residential district of the city who allow their property to accumulate trash, litter or rubbish.

“Litter” refers to trash and wastepaper lying scattered about, and an untidy accumulation of objects of any kind.

“Trash” refers to something worth little or nothing, and something or objects in a crumbled, broken or inoperable condition.

“Rubbish” refers to waste materials and refuses of every character and kind, collected or accumulated.

• Boarded up windows and doors except when required to secure a building due to damaged windows or doors and then only for a repair period of not more than 60 days.

11.10 (1) Mowing required. No person owning property within the city shall permit any weeds, grass or plants to grow to a height exceeding 6 inches. Any such weeds, grass or plants exceeding said height are hereby declared to be a nuisance.

I will continue to provide ordinance information in future articles. Feel free to contact the Shawano Police Department if you see a property that is in violation of existing ordinances.

We all want to live in a clean and attractive community. Thank you for doing your part!

The answer to the last trivia question—What were the names of the nine beauty shops/salons in the city in 1974?—is Brath Beauty Salon, Budget Beauty Shop, Edna’s Beauty Salon, Glad-Dee’s Beauty Salon, Judy’s Beauty Corner, Les Femmes Beauty Salon, Shawano Beauty Salon, Shirley’s Beauty Salon and Spurgeon’s Beauty Salon.

This week’s question is: Can you name the seven barber shops located in the city in 1974?

Lorna Marquardt is mayor of Shawano.