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Code Compliance

Junk Vehicles

The City of Coweta allows a property owner to keep a junk vehicle on private property for a period of time not to exceed 7 days. This ordinance accommodates someone who has an inoperable vehicle and is aggressively making repairs on the automobile to make it operable once again. If not made operable within this 7-day period, the ordinance allows for the storage of the vehicle on private property if the vehicle is stored within a completely enclosed building (such as a garage).

A junk vehicle is defined by the code as "any motor vehicle, the condition of which is wrecked, dismantled, partially dismantled, inoperative, abandoned, or discarded," and includes any vehicle which has had removed from it lights, fenders, windows, doors, hoods, trunks, wheels, or major parts, including bodies, engines, transmission, frames and rear ends.

Code of Ordinances (Health and Sanitation)
Chapter 3: Junked, Wrecked Motor Vehicles

 

Weeds and Trash

It is a violation within the City of Coweta to allow grass to grow to a height greater than 12" or to permit the accumulation of trash on private property. A weed is defined by Oklahoma Law as "any vegetation at any state of maturity, which exceeds 12" in height except healthy trees, shrubs, or produce for human consumption grown in a tended and cultivated garden."

This definition includes dead or diseased trees on private property. Additionally, trash is defined as "any refuse, litter, ashes, leaves, debris, paper, combustible materials, rubbish, offal, or waste, or matter of any kind of form which in uncared for, discarded, or abandoned."

Code of Ordinances (Health and Sanitation)
Chapter 1: Weeds and Trash

 

Public Nuisance

The Citizens of Coweta are proud of their community. They have gone to great lengths to beautify and make their community pleasing, safe, and healthy.  The City Council, over the years, have passed ordinances to help residents keep Coweta safe and clean. 

 
Code of Ordinances (Health and Sanitation)
Chapter 4: Nuisances

Signs

The purpose and general intent of the City of Coweta Sign Code is as follows:

To provide for the appropriate use and location of signs in a manner that will not adversely affect or impact property values, compatibility of land use, community appearance and identity, and to otherwise promote the general welfare, public safety, convenience and order to the City of Coweta.

Sign Code (Chapter 18 of the Zoning Code)

Sign Permit Application Form

 

Storm Water

Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP's)

Landscaping
Landscaping and garden maintenance activities can be major contributors to river pollution. Soils, yard wastes, over watering and garden chemicals become part of the urban runoff mix that winds its way through streets, gutters, and storm drains before entering the river.

Poorly functioning sprinklers and over watering, for example, waste water and increase the number of pollutants flowing into storm drains.

Fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides are washed off lawns and landscaped areas. These chemicals not only kill garden invaders, they also harm useful insects, poison fish, and contaminate ground and river water.


Leaves, grass clippings, and tree trimmings that are swept or blown into the street and gutters are also river polluters. These wastes clog catch basins, increasing the risk of flooding on your street, and carry garden chemicals into the river. As they decompose, they also absorb oxygen fish need to survive.

Best Management Practices (BMP's) that include the proper handling, storage, and disposal of materials can prevent pollutants from entering the river through the storm drain system.


General Landscaping BMP's
Protect stockpiles and materials from wind and rain by storing them under traps orsecured plastic sheeting.
 
Schedule grading and excavation projects for dry weather.
 
Prevent erosion by planting fast-growing annual and perennial grasses. These will shield and hind the soil.


Garden & Lawn Maintenance BMP's
Do not over water. Conserve water by using irrigation practices such as drip irrigation, soaker hoses, or micro-spray systems.
 
Do not blow or rake leaves into the street, gutter, or storm drams.
Use organic or non-toxic fertilizers.
 
Do not over-fertilize and do not fertilize near ditches, streams, or other water bodies.
 
Store pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals in a covered area to prevent runoff.
 
Citizens of Coweta spend hundreds of hours a year mowing, clipping, raking and landscaping to keep our yards healthy and our property attractive.  Our landscaping practices produce huge amounts of waste. Leaving clippings on the lawn reduces the lawn’s water loss and its need for fertilizer.  Grass clippings returned to the lawn provide up to 25 percent of your lawn’s total fertilizer needs.  Clippings contain about 4 percent nitrogen, 2 percent potassium and 1 percent phosphorus.  While decomposing, they also serve indirectly as a food source for the bacteria in the soil, which are doing many beneficial things for a healthy environment.

Easements

Easements: Quick Facts

What is a utility easement?
Utility easements are strips of land used by utility companies to construct and maintain overhead electric, telephone and cable television lines and underground electric, water, and sewer, telephone, and cable television lines.

Who owns the utility easement?
The property owner owns all of the land including the utility easements.  However, utilities have a right to access that portion of land which has been designated a utility easement.

How are utility easements created?
Utility easements are usually created at the time a plat for a new development is designed.  Utility easements almost always exist along streets and along rear lot lines, and sometimes exist between two lots.

Why is it important to keep easements clear?
Keeping utility easements clear helps utility companies perform routine maintenance (e.g. replace a pole), construct improvement projects (e.g. install a new sanitary sewer), and repair utility lines during emergencies (e.g. remove a tree which has fallen on a power line during a lightning storm.)

What if I build on an existing easement?
Infrastructure construction is subject to Building Setback Lines, and therefore cannot be built within the easement. Setback lines are shown on your subdivision plat.  Subdivision plats are available at the City’s planning department.

What if I build a fence in an easement?
An obstruction in the way of a utility company lengthens outage or interruption by making the utility company move obstructions out of the way.  The damage caused by moving an object out of the way or removing a fence is not the responsibility of the utility company. The utility company, by the rights of the easement, has the power to do what it takes to maintain the utility.

Can I place decorative landscaping on a Utility Easement?
Most Utilities encourage decorative landscaping within the utility right-of way with the understanding that any materials placed within the boundaries of the utility easement are subject to damage and are not the responsibility of the utility owner. Any replacement cost for such damages is clearly at the discretion of the utility owner.

What about damages of my landscaping from Utility Marking for Construction?
By law, Utilities have the right to mark utility locations in a discrete, non-obtrusive manner, within the boundaries of the utility easement. The type, color and location of these markings are regulated under state law. Although utilities will usually make an effort to limit damage to landscaping, all damages to landscaping located within the boundaries of the utility easement are the responsibility of the land-owner.

If you have any questions about easements on your property please contact City Hall at 486-2189

Dilapidated Buildings

What is a dilapidated structure?

A structure which through neglect or injury lacks necessary repairs or otherwise is in a state of decay or partial ruin to such an extent that the structure is a hazard to the health, safety, or welfare of the general public or a vacant structure which is unfit for human occupancy due to the lack of necessary repairs and is considered uninhabitable and is a hazard to the health, safety, and welfare of the general public.

 

Code of Ordinances (Health and Sanitation)
Chapter 6: Dilapidated Buildings

 

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