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A. General Rule. Words and phrases shall be taken in their plain or ordinary and usual sense. Technical words and phrases having a peculiar and appropriate meaning in law shall be understood according to their technical import. (See IC 1-1-4-1.)

B. For the purpose of this code, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.

“Board of County Commissioners” means the Board of County Commissioners of Jasper County, Indiana.

“County” means Jasper County, Indiana.

“Highway” includes County bridges, roads, and streets, unless otherwise expressly provided.

“May” means the act referred to is permissive.

“Month” means a calendar month.

“Owner,” applied to a building or land, includes any part owner, joint owner, tenant in common, tenant in partnership, or joint tenant of the whole or a part of such building or land, either alone or with others.

“Person” extends to and includes person, persons, firm, corporation, co-partnership, trustee, lessee, or receiver. Whenever used in any clause prescribing and imposing a penalty; the term “person” or “whoever,” as applied to any unincorporated entity, shall mean the partners or members thereof, and as applied to corporations, the officers thereof. (See IC 18-1-24-1.)

“Personal property” means every species of property except real property.

“Property” means real and personal property.

“Real property” means lands, tenements, and hereditaments and all chattels real.

“Shall” means the act referred to is mandatory.

“State” means State of Indiana.

“Street” means, except as provided in the traffic code, the entire width between property lines of every way or place of whatever nature when any part thereof is open to the use of the public, as a matter of right.

“This code” or “this Code of Ordinances” means the Jasper County Code as modified by amendment, revision, and adoption of new titles, chapters, or sections.

“Year” means a calendar year. [Code 1988 § 10.07.]