Refrigerators, Code Enforcement, City of Longmont
Abandoned refrigerators, iceboxes, freezers and pieces of furniture such
as chests and closets are a danger and an attractive nuisance for children.
The City of Longmont Municipal Code defines a dangerous compartment space
as having a capacity of one and one-half cubic feet or more. Those items having
a mechanical or magnetic lock or feature designed to keep the door in a closed
position can trap a small child inside. Additionally, any article or device
which is substantially airtight with the door closed can cause unconsciousness
and suffocation of a child even if the door does not have a latch.
It is unlawful for any person to abandon or discard in any public or private
place accessible to children any article which may either trap a small child
or be airtight. Such items may be temporarily placed outside if first removing
the doors or other devices.
City of Longmont Municipal Code
Section 10.36.010 - Abandoning refrigerators and similar items.
It is unlawful to, with criminal negligence, abandon or discard in
any public or private place accessible to children having a compartment with
a capacity of one and one-half cubic feet or more, having a mechanical or
magnetic lock or feature designed to keep the door thereof in a closed position,
or any such article or device which, with the door closed, is substantially
airtight, without first removing the doors of such chest, closet, piece of
furniture, refrigerator, freezer, icebox or other article or device. (Ord.
0-92-51 § 1 (part))
City of Longmont Municipal Code
Section 9.04.100 Offensive premises.
A. Declaration of Policy. The accumulation of junk, rubbish and debris facilitates
rodent, pest and vermin harborage, compromises public health resulting from
dangerous and unsanitary conditions, constitutes a fire hazard and threat
to public safety and general welfare, and otherwise erodes the aesthetic conditions
of the community, degrading the quality of life of the citizens of Longmont.
This section is intended to complement the provisions set forth in Chapter
11.12 of this code relating to abandoned and junked vehicles.
B. Definitions. As used in this section, the following definitions shall
- "Junk" includes, but is not limited to, scrap or remnant building
materials, lumber or metals, discarded furniture, fixtures, appliances,
motor vehicle parts and tires, inoperable, abandoned, demolished, dismantled
machinery, trailers, and other goods in such condition of deterioration
or disrepair so as to be unusable in their existing condition.
- "Rubbish" and "debris" mean all waste, refuse and
rejected matter and material, whether animal, vegetable or mineral, manufactured
C. Unlawful Accumulations. It shall be deemed a public nuisance and unlawful
to deposit, accumulate, store, keep, abandon, or to permit the accumulation,
storage, keeping or abandonment of junk, rubbish or debris on private or public
property within the city, unless such area is specifically used and appropriately
zoned for such deposit, accumulation, storage or keeping of junk, rubbish
or debris, and all applicable fencing, setback and other requirements applicable
to such use are complied with.
D. The court shall sentence any person violating this section to pay a fine
of up to nine hundred ninety-nine dollars, or to imprisonment up to one hundred
eighty days, or both such fine and imprisonment. Upon second and subsequent
offenses within a twelve-month period, the minimum fine is one hundred dollars,
which the court shall not suspend.
E. In addition to the penal remedy stated in subsection D of this section,
the city attorney may bring an action before any competent court having jurisdiction
to enjoin the continuation of any prohibited condition of nuisance.
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Last Updated: 03/31/10