City of Deer River Municipal Ordinances
8.103 Blight Elimination.
(a) Causes of Blight or Blighting Factors. It is hereby determined that the uses, structures and activities and causes of blight or blighting factors described herein, if allowed to exist, will tend to result in blighted and undesirable neighborhoods so as to be harmful to the public welfare, health and safety. On and after the effective date of this ordinance (Sec. 8.103), no person, firm or corporation of any kind shall maintain or permit to be maintained any of these causes of blight or blighting factors upon any property in the City of Deer River owned, leased, rented or occupied by such person, firm or corporation:
1. In any area zoned for residential and residential business purposes, the storage upon any property of junk automobiles. For the purpose of this ordinance, the term "junk automobiles" shall include any motor vehicle, part or a motor vehicle, or former motor vehicle, stored in the open, which if not currently licensed for use upon the highways of the State of Minnesota, and is either (1) unusable or inoperable because of lack of, or defects in component parts; or (2) unusable or inoperable because of damage from collision, deterioration, or having been cannibalized; or (3) beyond repair and therefore not intended for future use as a motor vehicle; or (4) being retained on the property for possible use of salvageable parts.
2. In any area zoned as a residential district, residential business or commercial district 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 30 days. The term "junk" shall include parts of machinery or motor vehicles, unused stoves or other appliances stored in the open; remnants of wood; decayed, weathered or broken construction materials no longer suitable for safe, 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.
3. In any area the existence of any structure or part of any structure which because of fire, wind, or other natural disaster, or physical deterioration is no longer habitable as a dwelling, nor useful for any other purpose for which it may have been intended.
4. In any area zoned for residential purposes, the existence of any vacant dwelling, garage, or other out-buildings, unless such buildings are kept securely locked, windows kept glazed or neatly boarded up and otherwise protected to prevent entrance thereto to vandals.