PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT Ida Township Ordinance No. 11-R-09, the Ida
Township Blight Ordinance has been adopted by the Township Board of the Township of Ida,
Monroe County, Michigan, March 3, 2009 at the Ida Township Hall.
Copies of the Ordinance may be obtained or inspected at the office of the Township
Clerk, Ida Township, located at 3016 Lewis Avenue, Ida, Michigan 48140, during regular
business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ida Township Ordinance No. 11-R-09, as adopted, reads as follows:
AN ORDINANCE enacted pursuant to Public Act 246 of 1945, as amended, to repeal
and restate the Ida Township Blight Ordinance, Ordinance No. 11, effective May 13, 1970; to
prevent, reduce and eliminate blight, blighting factors or causes of blight within Ida Township,
Monroe County, Michigan; to provide for the enforcement thereof, and to provide for the
penalties for the violation thereof, to further provide for the definitions of certain terms; to
protect the health, safety and general welfare of persons and property within the Township; and
to repeal all ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with this Ordinance.
SECTION 1: Purpose.
It is the purpose of this Ordinance to prevent, reduce or eliminate blight or potential
blight in Ida Township by preventing, reducing, eliminating of certain environmental causes of
blight or blighting factors which currently exist or which may in the future exist in the Township.
Adequate protection of public health, safety, and welfare requires that blight and conditions that
cause blight, including, but not limited to, dismantled or inoperable motor vehicles be regulated
and controlled.
SECTION 2: Definitions.
A. “Building Materials” shall include, but shall not be limited to, lumber, bricks,
concrete or cinder blocks, plumbing materials, electrical wiring or equipment, heating
ducts or equipment, shingles, mortar, concrete or cement, nails, screws, or any other
materials used in constructing any structure.
B. “Inoperable Motor Vehicle” shall include any Motor Vehicle which, by reason of
dismantling, disrepair, or any other cause whatsoever:
1. Is incapable of being propelled under its own power;
2. Lacks all of the necessary component parts to make it operable and
serviceable as a Motor Vehicle; or
3. Does not display or have affixed to it a current license plate or tabs as
required by the State for the purpose of operating such a Motor Vehicle upon
public roads or streets.
C. “Junk” shall mean trash, garbage, rubbish, or refuse, including but not limited to,
parts of machinery or motor vehicles, un-mounted motor vehicle tires, broken or you
nusable furniture, stoves, refrigerators or other appliances stored in the open,
remnants of lumber, broken toys and bicycles, metal or any other material, other castoff material of any kind whether or not the same could be put to any reasonable use, or any
out-of-use lawn, garden, or farming equipment, including, but not limited to inoperable farm
tractors and combines.
D. “Motor Vehicle” shall include any self-propelled or towed vehicle designed or used
on the public highways to transport passengers or property as defined in Section
90 of Act 300 of the Public Acts of 1949, as amended, being Section 257.79 of the
Michigan Compiled Laws, which is required to be registered for use upon the public
streets and highways of this State under Act 300, and also includes any wheeled vehicle
which is self-propelled or intended to be self-propelled.
E. “Person” shall mean any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation,
company, individual, or organization of any kind.
F. “Township” shall mean Ida Township, a general law township located in the County
of Monroe, State of Michigan.
SECTION 3: Causes of Blight or Blighting Factors.
A. Blight in General. It is hereby determined that certain uses, structures and activities
are causes of blight or blighting factors which, if allowed to exist, will tend to result in
blighted and undesirable neighborhoods. On and after the effective date of this ordinance,
no person, firm or corporation of any kind shall maintain or permit to be maintained any
of these causes of blight or blighting factors upon any property in Ida Township owned,
leased, rented or occupied by such person, firm or corporation.
B. Blight in Areas used for Commercial or Agricultural Purposes. The causes of blight
or blighting factors as set forth in this Ordinance shall constitute blight in the areas used
for commercial or agricultural purposes, unless such uses of the property are incidental to
and necessary for the carrying on of any business, occupation, or farming operation
lawfully being conducted upon the premises involved.
C. Blight in All Areas. In any area, the follow
1. The storage or accumulation of junk, trash, rubbish or refuse of any kind
without a landfill permit, except domestic refuse stored in such a manner as not
to create a nuisance for a period not to exceed 15 days;
2. The existence of any structure or part of any structure which, because of
fire, wind or other natural disaster, or physical deterioration is no longer
habitable, if a dwelling, nor useful for any other purpose of which it may have
been intended;
3. The existence of any vacant dwelling, garage or other out-building unless
such buildings are kept securely locked, windows kept glazed or neatly
boarded up and otherwise protected to prevent entrance thereto by vandals, or
other unauthorized persons;
4. The existence of any partially completed structure unless such structure
is in the course of construction in accordance with a valid and subsisting
building permit issued by the township and unless such construction is
completed within a reasonable time;
5. The storage upon any property of inoperable motor vehicles, except in a
completely enclosed building; or
6. The storage upon any property of building materials unless there is in
force a valid building permit issued by Ida Township for construction upon said
property and said materials are intended for use in connection with such
SECTION 4: Enforcement and Penalties.
A. Enforcement. This ordinance shall be enforced by such persons who shall be so
designated by the Township Board.
B. Removal of Blight. The owner, if possible, and the occupant of any property upon
which any of the causes of blight or blighting factors set forth in Section 2 hereof is
found to exist shall be notified in writing to remove or eliminate such causes of blight or
blighting factors from such property within 10 days after service of the notice upon him.
Such notice may be served personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested.
Additional time may be granted by the enforcement officer where bonafide efforts to
remove or eliminate such causes of blight or blighting factors are in progress.
Failure to comply with such notice within the time allowed by the owner and/or occupant
shall constitute a violation of this ordinance.
C. Penalties. Violation of this ordinance shall be a misdemeanor which shall be
punishable upon conviction thereof by a fine not exceeding Five Hundred and NO/100
($500.00) Dollars or by imprisonment not exceeding ninety (90) days or by both such
fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the Court.
SECTION 5: Repeal.
All ordinance or parts of ordinances in conflict with this Ordinance are to the extent of
such conflict repealed.
SECTION 6: Severability.
This Ordinance and the various parts, sentences, paragraphs, sections, subsections,
phrases, and clauses thereof are declared to be severable and if any of them are adjudged
unconstitutional, or invalid, it is hereby provided that the remainder of the Ordinance shall not be
SECTION 7: Effective Date and Adoption.
This ordinance shall become effective thirty (30) days after its publication as required by
I, Donald Appleman, do hereby certify that I am the duly elected and acting Township
Clerk of the Township of Ida, and I do hereby certify that this Ordinance was adopted by the
Township Board of the Township of Ida, Monroe County, Michigan, at a regular meeting of the
Township Board held at the Ida Township Hall, Ida, Michigan, on the 3rd day of March, 2009.
BY: /s/
Donald Appleman,
Ida Township Clerk
Paul Metz,
Ida Township Supervisor