Officials OK code for property owners



CORTLAND -- City council has adopted an outdoor property maintenance code that requires owners to take care of their houses and businesses.
Lawmakers unanimously approved the legislation at Monday's meeting.
Those who don't keep their properties up to code can be fined $100 for the first offense; a separate offense is committed each day the owner or manager is not in compliance, the measure says.
The code, to be enforced by the service director, covers structures, yards, roofs, gutters, down spouts, chimneys, driveways, trees, grass and shrubbery.
It also calls for all deteriorating or decayed walls, doors, porches, floors, steps, railings, broken windows, sills, sashes and moldings to be repaired or replaced. The same is true for loose or missing blocks, bricks, tile and foundations.
Missing shingles and gutters must be replaced and downspouts must be kept rust-free, the code further states.
It prohibits furniture (other than lawn furniture in good repair), mattresses, furnishings, rugs, appliances, wheels and tires from being stored outside for more than 24 hours.
Trees, grass and shrubs must be kept trimmed and dead, decayed or broken parts removed.
Structures that are abandoned for more than 90 days will be considered nuisances, it adds.
The city's planning, zoning and building commission had recommended passage by council.

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