ORDINANCE NO. 326

ORDINANCE NO. 326
AN ORDINANCE REVISING SECTION 5.5.1.2, 5.5.2(b) AND 5.5.2.2(a) OF THE LESTER PRAIRIE CODEREGARDING BLIGHT
The City Council for the City of Lester Prairie ordains:
Section 1: Section 5.5.1.2 currently reads as follows:
Provisions It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, partnership, or corporation occupying or owning private property within the City of Lester Prairie to keep or permit to be kept any junked or abandoned vehicles or other scrap metal on such private property within the City of Lester Prairie for a period in excess of thirty (30) days without a special use permit granted by the City Council. Any vehicle is deemed to be junked or abandoned within the meaning of this Ordinance if the vehicle does not have attached thereto a valid and current license plate issued by the proper state agency or is an inoperative vehicle.
Section 5.5.2(b) of the Lester Prairie Municipal Code currently reads as follows:
In any area the storage or accumulation of junk, trash, rubbish or refuse of any kind, except refuse stored in such a manner as not to create a nuisance for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days. The term “junk” shall include parts of machinery or motor vehicles, unused stoves or other appliances stored in the open; remnant of woods; decayed, weather or broken construction materials no longer suitable for sale, approved building materials, metal or any other material or cast off material of any kind whether or not the same could be put to any reasonable use.
Section 5.5.2.2(a) of the Lester Prairie Municipal Code currently reads as follows:
The owner and the occupant of any property upon which any of the causes of blight or blighted factors set forth in Section 1 hereof is found to exist shall be notified in writing by the City Clerk or the Lester Prairie Police Department to remove to eliminate such causes of blight or blighting factors from such property within ten (10) days after service of the notice upon him. Such notice may be served personally or by mail the same by registered mail, return receipt requested, to the last known address of the owner, and, if the premises are occupied, to the premises. Additional time may be granted by the City Council where bona fide efforts to remove or eliminate such causes of blight or blighting factors are in progress.
Section 2: Section 5.5.1.2 of the Lester Prairie Municipal Code shall be amended to read as follows:
Provisions It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, partnership, or corporation occupying or owning private property within the City of Lester Prairie to keep or permit to be kept any junked or abandoned vehicles or other scrap metal on such private property within the City of Lester Prairie for a period in excess of fifteen (15) days without a special use permit granted by the City Council. Any vehicle is deemed to be junked or abandoned within the meaning of this Ordinance if the vehicle does not have attached thereto a valid and current license plate issued by the proper state agency or is an inoperative vehicle.
Section 5.5.2(b) of the Lester Prairie Municipal Code shall be amended to read as follows:
In any area the storage or accumulation of junk, trash, rubbish or refuse of any kind, except refuse stored in such a manner as not to create a nuisance for a period not to exceed fifteen (15) days. The term “junk” shall include parts of machinery or motor vehicles, unused stoves or other appliances stored in the open; remnant of woods; decayed, weather or broken construction materials no longer suitable for sale, approved building materials, metal or any other material or cast off material of any kind whether or not the same could be put to any reasonable use.
Section 5.5.2.2(a) of the Lester Prairie Municipal Code shall be amended to read as follows:
The owner and the occupant of any property upon which any of the causes of blight or blighted factors set forth in Section 1 hereof is found to exist shall be notified in writing by the City Clerk or the Lester Prairie Police Department to remove to eliminate such causes of blight or blighting factors from such property within ten (10) days after service of the notice upon him. Such notice may be served personally or by registered mail, return receipt requested to the last known address of the owner, or, if the premises is occupied, by posting the Notice to the premises. Additional time may be granted by the City Council where bona fide efforts to remove or eliminate such causes of blight or blighting factors are in progress.
Section 3: This Ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and publication.
Adopted this 14th day of June, 2016.
CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE
By /s/ Eric Angvall, Its Mayor
ATTEST
By /s/ Marilyn L. Pawelk, Its City Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal June 20, 2016.

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