City of Deer River Municipal Ordinances
Section 2. All weeds or growing grass upon any lot or parcel of land within the areas designated as residential or commercial in the City of Deer River, Minnesota, growing to a height greater than eight inches (8”), or which have gone or about to go to seed are hereby declared a nuisance.
A. Definition of Weeds. The word "Weeds" as used in this ordinance shall be construed to mean and include all noxious weeds as defined by the statutes of the State of Minnesota and all such useless and troublesome plants as are commonly known as weeds to the general public.
B. The word "Person" as used in this ordinance shall mean natural persons, partnerships, associations, corporations and all other entities.
Section 3. When the owner and/or occupant permits a weed nuisance to exist in violation of Section l, the weed inspector, or his assistants, shall serve a notice on the owner, occupant or agent of the owner, of such lot or parcel of land ordering such person to have such weeds or grass cut and removed within two (2) days after the service of such notice; such notice shall also state that in the event of non-compliance, removal will be done by the City of Deer River at the owners expense. When no owners can be found, notice shall be sent by registered mail to the person who is listed on the records of the County Auditor or County Treasurer as the owner; service will be complete with mailing.
Section 4. If such person fails to comply with the notice within two (2) days after service, or if no owner, occupant or agent can be found, the weed inspector, or his assistants, shall have such weeds cut and removed or otherwise eradicated. The records showing the cost of such work attributable to each separate lot or parcel of land, together with a description of the premises and the name of supposed owner shall be certified to the county auditor and shall be collected in the same manner as taxes and/or special assessments against said premises. The charge shall be a perpetual lien on the premises until paid.
Section 5. Any person who shall obstruct the weed inspector or his employees in the cutting, removal or eradication of weeds or grass shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a fine of not more than $l00.00 or imprisonment for not more than 30 days. Each day on which such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
Section 6. Any property owner owning land within the City of Deer River who deems the effect of this ordinance to be too burdensome for him to regularly remove or cut weeds on his property by reason of the terrain or suitability for residential or commercial use, may apply to the City Council for a waiver of the provisions of this ordinance. Any waivers granted by the City Council shall be valid only for the calendar year in which the application for waiver is made.