Thursday, February 5, 2009

Read The International Property Maintenance Code: The International Code Council Over America's Personnal Property Exposed

The article from Canton, Ohio below is just a example of the International Property Maintenance Code in action. While some of the violations listed in the International Code are reasonable, the majority are a direct attack on freedom of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness that our ancestors died for in this country. I read about half the violations listed and was amazed how it was so controlling on every item concerning personnal property. The United States falls under this code unknown to most Americans including myself until recently discovering it. Below is some history concerning the International Property Maintenance Code.

Click This Link To Read International Property Maintenance Code:
PDF Format or do internet search and open as HTML file

Introduction:

Internationally, code officials recognize
the need for a modern, up-to-date property
maintenance code governing the maintenance of
existing buildings. The International Property
Maintenance Code, in this 2003 edition, is designed
to meet this need through model
code regulations that contain clear and specific
property maintenance requirements with required
property improvement provi-sions.
This 2003 edition is fully compatible with all the
International Codes (“I-Codes”) published by the
International Code Council
(ICC), including the International Building Code,
ICC Electrical Code, International Energy
Conservation Code, InternationalExisting Building
Code, International Fire Code, International Fuel
Gas Code, International Mechanical Code, ICC Performance
Code, International Plumbing Code, International
Private Sewage Disposal Code, International Residential
Code, International
Urban-Wildland Interface Code and International
Zoning Code.
The International Property Maintenance Code
provisions provide many benefits, among which
is the model code development
process that offers an international forum for code
officials and other interested parties to discuss
performance and prescriptive code
requirements. This forum provides an excellent arena
to debate proposed revisions. This model code also
encourages international
consistency in the application of provisions.

Development:

The first edition of the International Property
Maintenance Code (1998) was the culmination
of an effort initiated in 1996 by a de-
velopment committee appointed by ICC and
consisting of the representatives of the three
statutory members of the International
Code Council: Building Officials and Code
Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA),
International Conference of Building Offi-
cials (ICBO) and Southern Building Code Congress
International (SBCCI). The committee drafted a
comprehensive set of regula-
tions for existing buildings that was consistent w
ith the existing model property maintenance codes
at the time. This 2003 edition
presents the code as originally issued, with
changes approved through the ICC Code Development
Process through 2002. A new edi-
tion such as this is promulgated every three years.
With the development and publication of the family
of International Codes in 2000, the continued development
and maintenance
of the model codes individually promulgated by
BOCA (“BOCA National Codes”), ICBO (“Uniform Codes”) and SBCCI (“Stan-
dard Codes”) was discontinued. This 2003 International
Property Maintenance Code, as well as its predecessor
—the 2000 edition,
is intended to be the successor property maintenance
code to those codes previously developed by BOCA, ICBO and SBCCI.
The development of a single set of comprehensive and
coordinated family of International Codes was a significant milestone in
the development of regulations for the built environment.
The timing of this publication mirrors a milestone in the change in struc-
ture of the model codes, namely, the pending Consolidation of
BOCA, ICBO and SBCCI into the ICC. The activities and services
previously provided by the individual model code organizations
will be the responsibility of the Consolidated ICC.
This code is founded on principles intended to establish provisions
consistent with the scope of a property maintenance code that
adequately protects public health, safety and welfare; provisions
that do not unnecessarily increase construction costs; provisions
that do not restrict the use of new materials, productions
or methods of construction; and provisions that do not give preferential
treatment to particular types or classes of materials, products or methods of construction.

Plan To Jail Property Owners In Canton Ohio For Tall Grass Sparks Outrage

Plan To Jail Property Owners In Canton Ohio For Tall Grass Sparks Worldwide Flurry On Web

UPDATE:
11:56 AM, Wednesday, May 21, 2008
BY ED BALINT
REPOSITORY STAFF WRITER

HIGH GRASS Artie Timberlake of the Canton Street Department mows grass at 717 Sylvan Ct. NE on Tuesday. Repeat violators of Canton's high-grass law would face jail time if a proposed amendment passes. Council is expected to vote on the legislation Monday.
REPOSITORY BOB ROSSITER

CANTON The city of Canton has been compared to communists, fascists and terrorists in response to a proposed law that sends repeat violators of the city's high-grass law to jail.

The legislation has drawn the ire and scorn of people as far away as Tulsa, New Orleans, North Carolina, and Sydney, Australia. A Repository story in Tuesday's edition about the plan generated heavy traffic on the newspaper's Web site and triggered scores of e-mail from people outside the area who say it's a blatant example of over-reaching and liberty-infringing government.

One e-mail was titled: "Sounds like Russia to me." Another reader was equally harsh, asking, "Where do they find these Hitlerian morons? 30 days in jail? Something has gone very wrong in this country. What a joke!"

"Putting people in jail for tall grass sounds like an act of terrorism to me," wrote an attorney from Louisiana.

City Council is expected to vote Monday on a proposed amendment to make a second violation of the city's weed and high grass law, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $250 and up to 30 days in jail. Existing city law already makes a first-time violation a minor misdemeanor, which carries a fine of up to $150 and no jail time. The existing law — and the proposed amendment — also apply to litter on the lots.

CITY RESPONDS

City officials say they would rather not bother with mowing high grass, because it sucks up time and taxpayer money. But severely overgrown lots — with grass and weeds ranging from around 12 inches to sometimes 4 feet high — drag down city neighborhoods, said Mark Adams, director of environmental health for the city health department.

"We're not after a home in which grandpa had a heart attack and the grass is a little too tall," Law Director Joseph Martuccio said. "This (proposed law is) designed to deter repeat offenders, those who have already been given due process by the city and the bill, and then have subsequently been convicted by a court of law the first time on a minor misdemeanor."

"We're driven by complaints from the neighbors to get these neighborhoods cleaned up," said Councilman Greg Hawk, D-1, a strong proponent of the legislation. "The good neighbors who live next to these vacant lots ... mow their yards (and) they don't want to live next to houses where the grass and weeds are knee-high."

At a council committee meeting Monday night, Martuccio said it may be unlikely that a judge would sentence a repeat high grass violator to jail, unless the judge wants to set an example to deter other violators.

E-MAIL FIRESTORM

Helping drive the avalanche of responses was the posting of the newspaper story on various Web sites, most notably the popular Drudge Report, which wrote its own headline on the article: "City vows to jail people who don't mow lawns."

A reader e-mailed this warning: "Small laws are pieced together into huge tyrannies." At least 40 e-mails streamed in, including one praising Canton: "What a great idea! How about we make this a national law! I wish Broken Arrow and Tulsa, (Okla.) had this same attitude towards property neglect."

'Deplorable condition'

The city's intent is not to patrol city streets and measure yards with rulers to check if grass exceeds the city's existing 8-inch limit, said Service Director Thomas Bernabei. "It's grass which is extraordinarily noticeable," he said — "A foot or two longer than the average lot," with many lots in "deplorable condition."

Martuccio agreed. "This is definitely for repeat offenders who pose a safety threat to their neighbors by having the potential for rodents or hidden cans, for example, that a child might fall on and get cut while they're playing."

Increasing the potential punishment is also designed to cut the city's grass-cutting costs on noncity lots, Martuccio said. Hawk said the money would be better spent on hiring police officers and firefighters.

The average overgrown lot costs the property owner $100 per mowing, including labor and equipment costs and a $35 administrative fee, said Kevin Monroe, street superintendent.

VACANT LOTS

Reinforcing the existing law is focused on vacant lots and lots with abandoned houses, Bernabei said. The city cuts about 2,000 noncity-owned lots a year deemed to have excessively high grass, many "way over" 12 inches in height, said Adams of the Health Department. A handful of those lots have owner-occupied homes, he estimated. Twelve of the lot owners are dead. The owners of about 1,100 of the lots have city mailing addresses, Adams said, and about 1,500 are owned by individuals. Banks and corporations own some lots.

Violation notices and bills sent in the mail often get ignored, according to city officials. Tax liens also are filed, Hawk said. The city is considering seeking court judgments to collect the money, he said.

As for Canton being compared to Russia, Adams replied, "If you think this is Russia, don't bother coming into Canton, don't bother coming into a city (with people) who want to live in a sensible and reasonable community."

Reach Repository writer Ed Balint at (330) 580-8315 or e-mail:

No comments: