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The following acts, omissions, places, conditions and things are declared to be public nuisances affecting safety, but such enumeration shall not be construed to exclude other nuisances affecting public safety coming within the provisions of MMC 6.04.020:

A. All ice not removed from public sidewalks, and all snow not removed from public sidewalks within twelve hours after it has ceased to fall thereon;

B. All unauthorized signs, signals, markings, or devices which purport to be or may be mistaken as official traffic-control devices placed or maintained upon or in view of any public highway or railway crossing;

C. All vegetation, signs, or other obstructions, which prevent persons from obtaining a clear view of traffic when approaching an intersection or pedestrian crosswalk;

D. All limbs of trees which project over a public sidewalk less than eight feet above the surface thereof or less than fourteen feet above the surface of a public street;

E. All use or display of fireworks; except as provided by the laws of the state and ordinances of the city;

F. All buildings or structures so old, dilapidated, or out of repair, or which have been so damaged by fire, as to be dangerous, unsafe, unsanitary, or otherwise unfit for human use;

G. All wires over street, alleys, or public grounds which are strung less than fifteen feet above the surface of the street or ground;

H. The keeping or harboring of any animal or fowl which by the emission of offensive odors or by frequent or habitual howling, yelping, barking, crowing, or making of other noises shall unreasonably annoy or disturb the surrounding neighborhood or multiple persons within the city;

I. Allowing vicious animals to run at large;

J. All obstructions of streets, alleys, sidewalks, or crosswalks and all excavations in or under the same, except as permitted by the ordinances of the city, or which, although made in accordance with such ordinances, are kept or maintained for an unreasonable length of time after the purpose whereof has been accomplished;

K. All open and unguarded pits, wells, excavations, or unused basements freely accessible from any public street, alley, or sidewalk;

L. All abandoned refrigerators or iceboxes from which the doors and other covers have not been removed, or which are not equipped with a device for opening from the inside;

M. Any unauthorized or unlawful use of property abutting on a public street, alley, or sidewalk or of a public street, alley, or sidewalk which causes large crowds of people to gather, obstructing traffic and free use of the street or sidewalk;

N. Repeated or continuous violations of the ordinances of the city or laws of the state of Washington relating to the storage of flammable liquids;

O. The dismantling, reconstruction, or repair of any vehicle upon any street, alley, or other public place, except minor repairs of an emergency nature;

P. All vehicles, trailers, manufactured homes, boats, or other vehicles or major parts thereof visible from the street of other public or private property:

1. Which are inoperable; or

2. Which are not parked in a lawful manner; or

3. Which are abandoned;

and which are not sheltered for a period of seven consecutive days.

For the purpose of these sections, “inoperable” shall meet the following requirements:

Is damaged. Such damage to include; but not limited to, any of the following:

1. Broken window or windshield;

2. Missing wheels or tires;

3. Missing motor or transmission; or

4. Missing major body parts.

For the purpose of these sections, “sheltered” shall meet the following requirements:

1. Placed inside a garage; or

2. Placed behind a fenced or screened area, and not visible from the street or other public or private property; or

3. Neatly covered with a single or double tarp of an opaque material;

Q. Any fence or other structure, or thing on private property abutting or fronting upon any public street, sidewalk, or place which is in a sagging, leaning, fallen, decayed, or other dilapidated or unsafe condition;

R. The existence upon the sidewalk in front of any premises of any dirt, debris, or litter;

S. All dangerous, unguarded machinery, in any public place, or so situated or operated on private property as to attract the public;

T. Leading, driving, or riding any horse or other livestock upon or over any sidewalk;

U. Crossing curbs or sidewalks with vehicles where no regular provision has been made for such crossing, without first protecting the same with appropriate risers and planking;

V. All other conditions or things which are liable to cause injury to the person or property of anyone. (Ord. 011/2018 § 1; Ord. 001/2005; Ord. 022/2004; Ord. 977, 1991; Ord. 950, 1990; Ord. 526, 1970)