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RESOLUTION 2017 -016 <br />RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN COUNCIL <br />OF THE TOWN OF LOS GATOS <br />DECLARING HAZARDOUS VEGETATION (BRUSH) <br />A PUBLIC NUISANCE AND PROVIDING FOR ABATEMENT <br />WHEREAS, Sections 39560 and following of the Government Code of the State of <br />California authorize the Town of Los Gatos to declare that hazardous vegetation (brush) <br />growing to such size and such type and in such locations as to constitute a fire hazard to the <br />community may be declared a public nuisance and to compel owners, lessees, or occupants of <br />buildings, grounds, or lots to remove or abate the hazardous vegetation (brush) to mitigate the <br />fire hazard from such buildings, grounds, or lots to remove or abate the hazardous vegetation <br />brush) to mitigate the fire hazard from such buildings, grounds, property, and adjacent <br />sidewalks and parkways, and upon the person's failure to do so, to remove or abate such <br />hazardous vegetation (brush) at the owner's expense, making the cost of that abatement a lien <br />upon the property; and <br />WHEREAS, the Town of Los Gatos has entered into an agreement with the County of <br />Santa Clara to provide hazardous vegetation (brush) abatement services; and <br />WHEREAS, the maintenance of hazardous vegetation (brush) in violation of the Uniform <br />Fire Code adopted by the Town of Los Gatos within the Wildland Urban Interface Fire areas <br />identified and shown on the map (Exhibit A) constitutes a public nuisance and should be abated <br />immediately; and <br />WHEREAS, the Fire Department has mailed notices to property owners within the <br />Wildland Urban Interface areas notifying them of the need to abate hazardous vegetation <br />brush) violations and explaining the steps necessary to correct such violations. <br />NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Town Council of the Town of Los Gatos, and <br />the Town Council hereby finds that hazardous vegetation (brush) is a wood, perennial plant <br />usually with multiple stems and trunks under ten feet in height and is indigenous to the hillside <br />area. Hazardous vegetation (brush) is also known to have a high oil, high resin, or low moisture <br />contention in their leaves and branches. Examples of this type of plant material include <br />California Sagebrush, Greaswood or Chamise, Scotch Broom and Toyon. Unabated growth of <br />hazardous vegetation (brush) upon and adjacent to private property within the hillside <br />hazardous fire area and adjacent parkways and sidewalks is a public nuisance, and should be <br />abated. The Director of Parks and Public Works shall act as the Superintendent for purposes of <br />giving notice, supervising performance of the agreement with the County of Santa Clara, and <br />evaluating the costs of abatement. <br />1of3 <br />Resolution 2017 -016 May 2, 2017