Tazewell County Health Dept.

Public Nuisances

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6 TCC 1-10. Definitions.

For the purpose of this Section, certain terms and words are hereby defined as follows:

(a) LITTER means any discarded, used, or unconsumed substance or waste. Litter may include, but is not limited to, any garbage, trash, refuse, debris, rubbish, glass, metal, plastic or paper containers or other packaging material, motor vehicle parts, furniture, appliances, oil, carcass of a dead animal, any nauseous or offensive matter of any kind, any object likely to injure any person, or anything else of any unsightly or unsanitary nature, which exists upon any private property within the jurisdiction of the County of Tazewell. This definition specifically excludes used or antiquated farm equipment.

(b) PERSON means any individual, partnership, or co-partners, firm, company, corporation, association, joint stock company, trust, estate, or any other legal entity, or their legal representative, agent, or assigns.

6 TCC 1-11. Public Nuisance Litter.

It is hereby declared a nuisance to the public safety and welfare and a public nuisance if litter exists upon real property. It shall be unlawful for any owner or tenant in control to permit litter to exist on such property unless:

(a) the property has been designated as an appropriate disposal site for litter by Federal, State, or local government entities;

(b) the litter is placed in a receptacle or other container intended by the owner or tenant in lawful possession of that property for the deposit of litter;

(c) the person is lawfully acting in  or reacting to any emergency situation where health and safety is threatened, and removes and properly disposes of such litter when the emergency situation no longer exists.

6 TCC 1-12. Weed, Plants, and Grass Over Certain Height Declared Nuisance, Prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for anyone to permit weeds, plants, or grass, other than trees, bushes, flowers, or other ornamental plants, to grow to a height exceeding ten (10) inches on a parcel of property one acre or less in size, located in a residential zone district.

6 TCC 1-13. Vacated Premises.

It shall be unlawful for any person(s) occupying or controlling any lot, building or structure to vacate the premises prior to removal there from all garbage and refuse, or to fail to secure areas, building, equipment, or places against unauthorized access where such access threatens the safety of individuals.

6 TCC 1-14. Garbage and Refuse Vehicles.

(a) The County hereby adopts the provisions of 55 ILCS 5/5-8002. All the commercial equipment used for the collection of garbage, landscape wastes, and recyclable material must obtain a permit from the County Health Department. Application for permits shall be in writing and in such form as shall be prescribed by the County Health Department, pursuant to 55 ILCS 5/5-8002. Such permit shall be kept in vehicle at all times.

(b) Such vehicle shall be so constructed, covered, managed and controlled so as to prevent any part of the contents thereof from falling, leaking, or spilling.

(c) Garbage, refuse, and rubbish that is allowed to blow from or drop off any garbage vehicle is the responsibility of such vehicle owner to retrieve immediately.

(d) Overnight parking of loaded garbage collection vehicles on public or private property so as to create a nuisance is prohibited.

6 TCC 1-15. Other Nuisances.

(a) Any attractive nuisance, which may prove detrimental to life, health or safety whether in a building, on the premises of a building, or upon an unoccupied lot. This includes, but is not limited to, any abandoned well shaft, basement, or excavation, motor vehicle, discarded, abandoned, unattended, or used refrigerators, iceboxes and similar containers equipped with airtight door or lid, snap lock, or other locking device which may not be released from the inside. The duties of this item are imposed alike on the owner of the nuisance and the owner or occupant of the premises where the nuisance is permitted to remain.

(b) The presence of rats, flies, or other vermin.

(c) To allow the carcasses of dead animals or any parts of decaying animal matter to remain not buried, destroyed, or collected within 24 hours after death or dismemberment.

(d) No garbage disposal shall be conducted by open dumping or open burning.

(e) All other uses and conditions of property, which due to their existence create an environment deemed by the Health Officer to be prejudicial to public health.