Property Maintenance

The Property Maintenance Department is responsible for local laws and codes, for the purpose of securing the public safety, health, and general welfare.  The local laws include the Village of West Milwaukee Municipal Code.

Most common property maintenance violations in the Village of West Milwaukee

  1. Garbage and Rubbish
  2. High Grass and Weeds
  3. Inoperable and/or Unlicensed Motor Vehicles
  4. Parking on Front Lawn

Garbage and Rubbish

All premises, exterior property and interior of every structure shall be free from accumulation of rubbish or garbage.  Rubbish and garbage shall be disposed of in a clean and sanitary manner by being placed in an approved container.  The owner of the property is responsible for providing approved containers.  Complying with the above conditions should help curtail infestation of rodents, other animals, insects, and rodent harborage.

High Grass and High Weeds

All premises, including vacant lots, shall be maintained free from weeds, grass and plant growth in excess of six (6) inches in height Sec. 90-79. – Reserved. ARTICLE IV. – GRASSES.  It does not include trees, shrubs or cultivated (loosened or dig soil around growing plants) flowers or gardens.  Keeping the property free of high grass and high weeds will help curb rodent harborage.

Inoperable and/or unlicensed motor vehicle

No inoperable or unlicensed motor vehicle shall be kept on any premises and no vehicle shall be on the premises in a state of major disrepair.  Inoperable and unlicensed motor vehicles are attractive nuisances for children and can provide harborage for rodents.  Indicators of an inoperable vehicle are: inoperable under its own power, without one or more wheels, without inflated tires, burned throughout, more than one window broken.

Parking a Motor Vehicle on the front lawn

No vehicle should be parked on the front yard/lawn unless the vehicle is parked on an approved driveway or parking pad.

The basic process for enforcement actions is as follows:

  1. Observation of the violation
  2. Notice of Violation (NOV) is delivered to the property owner
  3. If the violation is not corrected by the due date stated in the N.O.V., then a citation to appear in Municipal Court is issued.  Each day that a violation continues is considered a separate offense and the Municipal Court may levy a fine for each offense.  If the violation is not corrected, the City may be forced to take action to abate the violation by having the rubbish removed, the grass cut, towing vehicles, etc. and then take legal action to recover associated costs.

Please contact the Property Maintenace Department at 414-645-1530 ext. 129 with any questions.

Informational links:

»Landscaping  

»Lawncare

»Protect Lake Michigan

»Rain Barrels

»Rain Gardens

»Tree Care