Property & Right-of-Way Maintenance
Did you know the right-of-way adjacent to private property is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain?
Keeping the entire community kept up, clean, and inviting is the responsibility of all community members. The Lyons Municipal Code has numerous laws placing responsibility on property owners and residents, to keep not only private property clean and nuisance-free, but also to maintain the public rights-of-way adjacent to the owners' property.
Please review applicable codes on this page for more information.
Branches and Yard WasteSince 2013, the Town has discontinued curbside chipping. Each year, the Town holds a Spring Clean, wherein unwanted branches and limbs may be properly disposed. Any material other than yard waste will not be accepted.
Please remember that it is illegal to place branches and unwanted limbs/yard waste on Town & CDOT right-of-way property, which includes alleyways, as well as any property in the buyout program.
Lyons Municipal Code Sec. 11-2-30
“Except by a permit issued as set forth in Subsection 11-2-10(b), no person shall in any manner obstruct any street, alley or sidewalk within the Town in any manner whatsoever, but shall at all times keep such streets, alleys and sidewalks free for the passage of vehicular and foot travel.”
The Town will issue warnings to violations of right-of-ways obstructions, as stated in the Lyons Municipal Code; a summons will be issued if not mitigated after 30 days.
Weeds and Grass
Any weeds found growing in any lot or tract of land in the Town are declared a nuisance. It is unlawful for any owner, tenant or occupant of property, including any abutting the public right-of-way, to permit any weeds, grasses or other brush to grow in height exceeding six (6) inches.
Deposit on Public Property or StreetsSec. 7-2-80
Please remember that it is illegal to place branches and unwanted limbs, yard waste, garbage, debris, or litter of any kind on Town and CDOT right-of-way property, which includes alleyways, and any property in the buyout program.
Municipal Code, Sec. 7-2-80:
It shall be unlawful to deposit in or on or to litter any street, alley or public place with garbage, rubbish, debris, sod, earth, sand, gravel, concrete or any other construction or waste material. Such action is declared a nuisance.
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Diseased, dead or dangerous trees and plantsSec. 7-2-120
Any trees, shrubs, vines, hedges or other plants which are diseased, infected or dead or which are placed so as to be dangerous to the public health and safety are declared a nuisance.
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Maintenance of SidewalksSec. 7-2-140
It shall be unlawful and constitute a nuisance for any owner, tenant or occupant of property abutting a sidewalk to fail to maintain such sidewalk for reasonably passable pedestrian travel. Maintenance of the sidewalk for reasonably passable pedestrian travel shall include tree or shrub trimming to a height of at least seven (7) feet from the surface of the sidewalk, weed removal, grass-cutting, and removal of snow and ice (Sec. 11-1-50) within twenty-four (24) hours after snow or ice has ceased falling on such sidewalk for a period of at least four (4) hours.
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Obstructing highway or other passagewaySec. 10-3-20
For the purposes of this Section, obstruct means to render impassable or to render passage unreasonably inconvenient or hazardous.
A person commits an offense if, without legal privilege, he or she intentionally, knowingly or recklessly:
(1) Obstructs a highway, street, sidewalk, railway, waterway, building entrance, elevator, aisle, stairway or hallway to which the public or a substantial group of the public has access or any other place used for the passage of persons, vehicles or conveyances, whether the obstruction arises from his or her acts alone or from his or her acts and the acts of others; or
(2) Disobeys a reasonable request or order to move issued by a person he or she knows to be a peace officer, a firefighter or a person with authority to control the use of the premises, to prevent obstruction of a highway or passageway or to maintain public safety by dispersing those gathered in dangerous proximity to a fire, riot or other hazard.
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Other obstructions prohibitedSec. 11-2-30
Except by a permit issued as set forth in Subsection
11-2-10(b), no person shall in any manner obstruct any street, alley or
sidewalk within the Town in any manner whatsoever, but shall at all times keep
such streets, alleys and sidewalks free for the passage of vehicular and foot
travel. The installation of or projection of any signs, posts, merchandise,
merchandise display racks, merchandising machines or scales on, across or above
any such street, sidewalk or alley, which in any manner obstructs the same for
its normal usage, is hereby prohibited, except such supports as are now in
existence for the support of buildings already erected. If and when such
buildings are remodeled or materially altered, such obstructions shall be
removed and no longer maintained and, once removed, shall not be replaced.
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