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City of Taft
501 Green Ave
PO Box 416
Taft, TX 78390
ph: (361) 528-3512
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Ordinance 1052

Water/Sewer/Sanitation-Meter tampering 

Customers are prohibited from turning their water off/on except at the customers cut-off. Should a person be found to have committed this offense there is a charge. 

 

The breaking, damaging, adjusting, changing, removal or taking of any meter, pipe service connection, lock seal, valve or any other city owned property shall be unlawful and punishable as a misdemeanor.  The turning on of any valve so as to provide service from any utility service, except by any authorized employee of the city, is subject to all required fees service charges, and surcharges required by subsection (5) of this section and are unlawful and punishable under the Texas Penal Code.

JUNKED VEHICLES

State law allows cities to take action to control junked vehicles. If a vehicle remains inoperable for more than thirty (30) consecutive days on private property or seventy-two (72) consecutive hours on public property, or if the vehicle has expired license plates or an expired motor vehicle inspection sticker, it can be considered a junk vehicle. 

 

REASON FOR REGULATION

Parking a junked vehicle in public view decreases private property value and is detrimental to the safety of the public and creates a fire hazard.

 

SOLUTION

To comply with the ordinance, a vehicle meeting the definition of a junked vehicle must be removed or screened from ordinary public view. Screening devices include a fence, rapidly growing trees, or shrubbery.

Ordinance 735

PARKING VIOLATIONS

Vehicles are an important part of our everyday life. Where and how vehicles are kept can create safety hazards and affect the value of a neighborhood. Local ordinances and state laws regulate parked vehicles.

 

PARKING UNHITCHED TRAILERS AND RECREATION VEHICLES

Unhitched trailers parked on city streets are unsightly and can create a safety problem. Parking unhitched trailers on city streets is not permitted.

 

PARKING ON UNIMPROVED SURFACES

This is often known as yard parking. Vehicles are not allowed to park on any residential lot unless the parking surface is improved.

 

NO PARKING ZONES

Local ordinance follows state law in prohibiting parking in places that are marked by signs or curb markings.

OVERNIGHT TRUCK PARKING

Parking vehicles with a carrying capacity exceeding 1-1/2 tons on city streets is prohibited.

 

Definitions:

Improved Surface~ An area used for the parking or storage of vehicles that is overlaid or otherwise paved with concrete, asphalt, paving stones, or other hard surfaced material approved by the building official. 

Vehicles~ Any Automobile, bus, tuck, tractor, motor house, farm machinery, motorcycle, scooters, mopeds, all-terrain vehicles, boats, aircrafts, recreational vehicles, golf carts, go carts, trailers, fifth wheels trailers, campers, camper shells, wheeled towing frames, semi-tractor trailers, truck beds mounted on chassis and mobile homes. 

Ordinance 939

PLANTS & VEGETATION

It is the owner, occupants, or person in control of the premises to maintain; Trees or plants that hang lower than seven (8) feet above a sidewalk pose as a hazard for pedestrians. Walking into a low hanging branch can cause serious injury. Trees that hang lower than fourteen (14) feet above the street surface pose as a hazard for emergency vehicles and larger trucks. Grass that exceeds 12 inches in height on any property.

 

REASON FOR REGULATION

Trees and vegetation compliment residential neighborhoods. They can become a serious hazard if allowed to become an obstruction to pedestrians and vehicles.

 

SOLUTION

According to the ordinance, trees and plants must be kept trimmed to allow a seven (8) foot clearance above sidewalks and a fourteen (14) foot clearance above the street surface.

Ordinance 970

UNWHOLESOME PROPERTY, TRASH, TALL GRASS

The accumulation of any carrion (animal carcasses), filth, rubbish, or other unwholesome matter along with grass that exceeds 12 inches in height on any property.

The accumulation of unwholesome matter and tall grass not only makes the neighborhood unsightly, but it may also attract vermin, create a fire hazard, and endanger the public health.

 

SOLUTION

Keep your property mowed and free of trash and rubbish.

Ordinance 1048

Building Permit and Inspection Fees and Charges

Any Person who enters into a construction project prior to receiving a permit shall be charged double the rates as set forth in this ordinance. 

*This is not intended to be inclusive of all city ordinances, for more information or questions, please contact City Hall