Chapter 3.20


3.20.010    Flammable materials prohibited.

3.20.020    Defined.

3.20.030    Evidence of fire hazard.

3.20.040    Deposit on property prohibited.

3.20.050    Removal of materials and weeds by city – Lien.

3.20.060    Notice to owner.

3.20.070    Misdemeanor declared.

3.20.080    Violation – Penalty.

3.20.010 Flammable materials prohibited.

It is unlawful for any person to permit flammable materials, weeds or other noxious vegetation to accumulate or grow upon his property. It shall be the duty of an owner or person in charge of property to cut down or destroy shrubbery, brush, bushes, weeds or other noxious vegetation as often as needed to prevent the grass, shrubbery, brush, weeds or other noxious vegetation from maturing or from going to seed. (Ord. 2270 § 1, 1977)

3.20.020 Defined.

“Flammable material” is defined to be any dry weeds, grass or other vegetation or any other debris capable of burning or other material constituting a fire hazard. (Ord. 2270 § 7, 1977)

3.20.030 Evidence of fire hazard.

The existence of grass, brush, weeds, bushes or other noxious vegetation to a height of over 12 inches from the ground shall be prima facie evidence of a fire hazard. (Ord. 2270 § 2, 1977)

3.20.040 Deposit on property prohibited.

No person shall deposit upon public or private property any kind of rubbish, trash, refuse or any substance that would mar the appearance, create a stench or fire hazard, detract from the cleanliness or safety of the property, or would be likely to injure a person, animal or vehicle traveling upon a public way. (Ord. 2270 § 3, 1977)

3.20.050 Removal of materials and weeds by city – Lien.

In the event any person who owns or controls any property fails to promptly remove flammable materials, grass, weeds, bushes or other noxious vegetation to remain upon the property after 10 days’ notice, the city of Wenatchee may remove all the flammable materials, weeds, grass, bushes or other noxious vegetation from the property, and in such event, the owner or person in control of the property shall be charged the reasonable cost thereof, including $100.00 in the administrative costs related to the cost of cleanup. Any of the charges which remain unpaid for a period in excess of 15 days following billing therefor shall constitute a lien against the property, upon the filing of a notice therefor in the office of the auditor of Chelan County, Washington, which lien may be foreclosed in the same manner as liens for local improvement districts are foreclosed. In addition to the reasonable cost, the city shall be awarded and allowed its cost and a reasonable attorney fee, together with interest at the rate of 12 percent per year on such cost of removal with reference to foreclosing any such lien. (Ord. 2586, 1985; Ord. 2270 § 4, 1977)

3.20.060 Notice to owner.

Notice to the owner or person in control of property shall be made by a conspicuously posted notice on the property, together with a copy of the notice mailed by certified mail to the owner or person in control of the property. (Ord. 2270 § 5, 1977)

3.20.070 Misdemeanor declared.

It shall be a misdemeanor for any person to deposit any flammable materials on any property not owned or controlled by such person. (Ord. 2270 § 6, 1977)

3.20.080 Violation – Penalty.

Any person, owner, tenant or occupant who violates or fails to comply with the provisions of this chapter or orders or notices lawfully issued under this chapter or impedes, interferes with or prevents the performance of any prescribed or assigned duty by any official or representative of the city of Wenatchee is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine in any sum not to exceed $250.00 or by imprisonment in the city jail for any term not to exceed 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. (Ord. 2270 § 8, 1977)