It is the duty of owners, agents or occupants of any lands within the City of Sterling Heights on which noxious weeds are found growing to destroy and eradicate in accordance with City Ordinance 424 and Act 359 of the Public Acts of 1941 by May 1, 2023.
The method of treating and eradicating such noxious weeds shall be to cut and destroy or cause to be cut and destroyed.
City Ordinance 424 and Section 4 of Act 359 of the Public Acts of 1941, as amended, provides that it is the duty of all owners of lands on which noxious weeds are found growing, to destroy the same before they reach a seed bearing stage and to prevent such weeds from perpetuating themselves and to prevent such weeds from becoming a detriment to public health. It further provides that if this notice is not complied with the City of Sterling Heights will enter upon such lands and destroy such noxious weeds or cause the same to be destroyed and any expense incurred in such destruction shall be paid by the owner or owners of such lands to the City of Sterling Heights and further provides that the City of Sterling Heights shall have a lien against such lands for aforesaid expenses and that these liens shall be enforced in the manner now provided by law for the enforcement of mechanic’s liens and further provides that this law is applicable to subdivided land in which buildings have been erected on sixty percent of the lots included in that subdivision and further provides that this law is applicable to all improved streets, in common usage, for a depth of ten rods or the depth of the lots, whichever is lesser and further provides the City may enter upon such lands, destroy such weeds or cause the same to be destroyed, and all expenses incurred in such destruction shall be paid by the owner or owners of such subdivided lands and that the City shall have a lien upon such lands for such expenses, such lien to be enforced in the manner prescribed in any charter, by the general laws of the State providing for the enforcement of tax liens, or by ordinance.
The statute further provides that any owner, who shall refuse to destroy such noxious weeds, shall be subject to a fine of not more than $100.00 in addition to City expenses incurred for the destruction of noxious weeds.